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Milk and Honey™ Chocolate Cupcakes

These delicious chocolate cupcakes are filled with freshly whipped cream and topped with a chocolate liqueur frosting!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthday cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, cream liqueur, cupcake, egg free, whipped cream
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients 

Cupcakes

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Purity coffee (brewed and hot)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cup butter (melted)

Filling

  • 8 oz heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Milk and Honey ™ cream liqueur
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 8 oz salted butter (softened)
  • 690 g powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Milk and Honey ™ cream liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp half and half
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 12 count muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Bloom the cocoa powder by dissolving it in the hot coffee. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add the vinegar, vanilla, melted butter, and coffee/cocoa mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, use a cupcake corer (or a small spoon/knife) to remove the center of each cupcake. Set aside the cake that’s removed.

Filling

  • Using a hand or stand mixer with chilled beaters, start by whipping the cream. As it starts to stiffen, add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Once they are mixed in, add the Milk and Honey™ cream liqueur and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Adjust the amount of liqueur per your preferences.
  • Scoop the whipped cream into a piping bag with a coupler attached. No tip is necessary. Pipe the whipped cream into the middle of the cupcakes and cover the top with the cake that was removed.

Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the butter and beat on medium speed.
  • Turn the mixer off and add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, half and half, Milk and Honey™, and vanilla.
  • Turn the mixer to low speed and to start mixing the frosting. Gradually increase the speed and periodically stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Whip the frosting until it is light and fluffy. Adjust the amount of cocoa to achieve the desired degree of chocolate flavor. If it’s too thick, add more liquid and if it’s too soft add more sugar.
  • Finally, scoop the frosting into a piping bag equipped with Wilton tip 1M and swirl the frosting over each cupcake. Enjoy!
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