Chocolate Coffee & Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Let me pose to you a question.
Why is it that people are so willing to pay $3 for an overly sweet and dense cupcake at Magnolia yet balk at Bank of America's new $5 surcharge on credit cards?
Don't get me wrong. I'm a BoFa customer and I don't like it one bit. That's why I don't plan on using their debit card (you only get charged if you use it). However, I completely understand their rationale. They recently got slapped with ridiculous regulation that caps fees they can derive from merchants. If you're not happy about the fee, then I suggest you change banks (but pretty soon most banks will have some sort of similar fee) or you can stash your cash underneath your mattress. They're not charging you money on your own money; they're charging you for the convenience of not carrying around cash. You can also write a letter to Messieur Durbin telling him what an idiot he is.
Why am I telling you this? Because I think it's ridiculous to pay $3 for a cupcake. It's overpriced and most times, it's not even that good (don't get me wrong, sometimes there ARE some pretty darn good cupcakes that are $2.50 and under!) So, I choose to make my own.
A couple of weeks back, I came home to a package on my porch. When I opened it, I got super excited since it had the GODIVA script plastered on the bag. Then, I reached in. It was coffee. I LOVEEEE COFFEE!
Long story short, I wanted to incorporate the Pumpkin Spice flavor into cupcakes! I decided to do this two fold- in the cake part itself (to enhance the chocolate flavor) and then in the frosting.
But first, about the Pumpkin Spice coffee from Godiva...
Honestly, I'm not a big fan. It's decent but not spectacular I'm not a big fan of the scent either. However, it actually worked quite well in the recipe.
What I AM a fan of is their Caramel coffee. I could actually get high off of smelling that. And the taste? It's delectably caramel-y and sweet. It's enough to make Mark not want sugar in the coffee. He typically hates coffee because of its bitterness, but didn't mind this one at all.Continued on the next page