Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Latte Frosting

Are you in need of a favorite, 100% guarantee, always turns out, amazing chocolate cupcake (or cake) recipe? Then search no longer, you have arrived. I have made this chocolate cake recipe more times than I can count over the last year, and it always turns out perfectly. I don’t know why I’m amazed every. single. time. I take them out of the oven, but I am. I almost always do a little happy dance while pulling them out of the oven. Go ahead, you can laugh at me, but great baking brings me great joy!

This time, I chose to top a perfect chocolate cupcake with an equally amazing Vanilla Latte Frosting. Here’s the thing, I don’t like coffee. I am not one of those people that need caffeine to function in the morning. Crazy, right? I sometimes wish I liked the stuff because so much of it smells so good. What’s a girl to do? If it ain’t yo thang, it just ain’t yo thang. This frosting, however, is a-maz-ing! It’s not your typical over-the-top, sweet buttercream frosting. This is an ultra-smooth, just-sweet-enough, silky Swiss Meringue Buttercream, with a hint of cinnamon and coffee.

A Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMBC) does take a bit longer to make. But for me the end result is more than worth the effort, especially for a special treat. You can expect to stand over a double boiler whisking egg whites for a little while as they attain a safe temperature. You can also expect to stand over a mixer slowly adding bits of butter while wondering if the curdled mess in your bowl is ever going to turn in to something edible. But I promise that your patience will be rewarded.

The chocolate cupcake recipe below yeilds 36 cupcakes or 3-8″ layer cakes. I know that is a lot of cupcakes for most people. I need to work on tweaking the recipe to make fewer. In the meantime, make the whole amount and share the love with your neighbors And I always double the frosting recipe because SMBC freezes beautifully. So the next time I have a hankering for something super special, the frosting will already be done.

mandy - March 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

those are the most beautiful cupcakes i’ve ever seen :)

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