Surprise! Happy Birthday Tiffany! I’m throwing you a virtual surprise party complete with cupcakes, candles and stories about our childhood. (I promise I won’t tell the really embarrassing stories.)
Tiffany and I have known each other since first grade, which means we’ve had our fair share of birthday parties together. Tiffany always had the most amazing roller skating parties in grade school and junior high, complete with presents, pizza and desperate attempts to not to wipe out in front of the boys so you would still get asked out for the always-awkward couples’ skate.
In eighth grade, we had a group of friends who would celebrate birthdays together during the school day. On someone’s birthday, a couple of us would get to school early and decorate the birthday girl’s locker with wrapping paper, cards and fresh flowers.
Tiffany, if we lived in the same state right now, I’d take you out roller-skating and decorate your kitchen cabinets with wrapping paper as an ode to our younger years.
Since that’s not quite feasible, I wanted to at least share some decadent birthday cupcakes on the blog. I hope you like them! Happy Birthday!
Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 12 cupcakes
Adapted from this Food.com recipe
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons brewed strong coffee, cold
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, coffee, oil, vinegar and vanilla until fully incorporated. In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the coffee mixture, being sure not to over mix the ingredients.
Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full with the cupcake batter. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool. Once completely cooled, top with cream cheese frosting and crushed chocolate pieces.
3 tablespoons melted dark chocolate
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons strong coffee, cold
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Crushed chocolate pieces (optional)
In a large bowl, beat together the melted chocolate, butter and cream cheese. Gradually add the coffee and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. If the frosting is too runny, add additional powdered sugar. Spread frosting onto cupcakes and top with crushed chocolate pieces.