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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cupcake Project - Coffee Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Frosting

I've  been stressing out all month wondering what Ice Cream Cupcake I should make. I really wasn't sure what was expected out of an Ice Cream Cupcake. I researched the 2011 entries and I've been watching the 2012 entries grow and grow for the 2012 Ice Cream Cupcake Contest being held over at The Cupcake Project and Scoopalicious.

So, of course I want to so something a bit different from all the entries.
Here's different. 
Cupcakes with Ice Cream as a main ingredient!

That's right! The ice cream is mixed into the cake mix.

Yes, some of you may recall that I made this as a Bundt Cake, but this time I made it with the coffee and it turned out so much better!

Here's What You Need: 
Chocolate Cake Mix
Pint of Coffee Ice Cream
1 Cup of Cold Coffee
3 eggs (Just pretend you see the eggs in the pictures)

Here's What  You Do:  
Combine the mix, eggs, coffee and softened ice cream in the mixer and combine together. 

Measure out into 24 prepared cupcake tins and bake at 350 deg F for 20 - 25 minutes.

Now, these won't puff up like regular cupcakes, they do rise, but they are not light and airy and won't puff up. They are rich and moist and oh so decadent!

To top off the Ice Cream Cupcakes, I continued with the chocolate coffee flavor. 
What better way than with this?

I made a plain Kahlua Frosting I found here.

1/2 Cup Softened Butter
5 Tbsp Kahlua
3 Cups Powdered Sugar

Beat together the softened butter and the 3 Tbls of the  Kahlua until blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add powdered sugar and 2 Tbls of Kahlua until a soft frosting is reached.

This was very sweet and had a strong Kahlua flavor.

I am worried that this doesn't have Ice Cream in the picture, so, I then added some GREAT  Ben & Jerry's Dublin Mudslide. Nom, nom, nom!

I also tried this Chocolate Kahlua Frosting recipe

6 Tbsp Butter
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
3 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 Tbsp. Kahlua
2-3 Tbsp. Coffee

Beat together butter and half the powdered sugar. Add cocoa powder, Kahlua, hot coffee and remaining sugar. Beat until smooth.

This frosting wasn't as sweet and the  chocolate and coffee played so well together in my mouth. I really did just eat it with a spoon! Yum!

I really loved the Chocolate Kahlua Frosting the best!

I'm still torn as to which picture to submit... I'm not sure if this combination "qualifies", but it sure was tasty!

P.S. - I had some left over batter from the 24 cupcakes so I made some mini cupcakes! They were a great pop in your mouth treat!

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