So my fiance asked me to bake something for him to share at work during a tediously long (3-hour) group meeting tomorrow. Usually I prefer making cookies and brownies, but lately I have been drawn towards making cupcakes. I don't really like eating cake or cupcakes... they are just fun to make and share
I decide since he is feeding a bunch of engineers and scientists, the meeting is really long, and some of them (including my boy) have to work night shift, that a coffee laced cupcake would be fitting. We also had a bag of unground coffee beans that appeared in our fridge after moving in (he doesn't know where they came from, so my guess is his mom left them ) and I just got a nifty "seasoning/spice" from Trader Joe's that I wanted to use as a topping. The spices are actually rock sugar, coffee beans and chocolate in a grinder.
I also got to dig out our Italian coffee maker from my fiance's grandfather! Fun stuff. (Strong stuff.)
The recipe I used for the cupcakes is here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cupcakerecipes/r/r90328i.htm
And again I just made my own cream cheese frosting from a pack of cream cheese, some butter, and powdered sugar. I added a little milk this time because I didn't want it to be too sweet or too thick... I don't know if that was the best choice, but it worked.
Fresh from the oven:
The nifty sprinkles in spice grinder form:
Adding the sprinkles after topping:
And the grand finale, coffee bean on top :