Friday, July 29, 2011

Mocha Walnut Cupcakes – Made with Magic Beans!

Pin It It is not every day you get to meet a man who sells magic beans. Unlike Jack (of beanstalk fame) I wasn’t taking my cow to market. I was waiting to be interviewed on the Morning Show on East Coast FM, when Stephen McCabe walked in, bringing with him a delicious aroma of freshly-roasted coffee beans.

Let them eat cake!

We got chatting and it turns out that Stephen is master roaster at McCabe’s Hand-Roasted Coffee. He had just been awarded two gold stars for his espresso – McCabe’s Classic Italian Blend – this year’s top Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Foods. This is an outstanding achievement by any stretch, but given they are a small family firm, up against some of the giants in the industry, it is doubly impressive. These are magic beans indeed. 
Dark chocolate coffee cake with a swirl of espresso frosting... about to do a disappearing act !

Stephen’s success has inspired these Mocha Walnut Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting. I am, of course, using his magic coffee beans.

For 12 large cupcakes you will need...

150g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
50g dark Muscovado sugar (or any dark brown sugar)
3 eggs
125g plain flour
25g cocoa powder, sifted
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of double-strength espresso, cooled (or 1 teaspoon decent instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water, then cooled)

Pre-heat your fan oven to 160°C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake papers

1                   In a mixing bowl, beat the butter together with the sugars until smoothly blended. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
2                    Sprinkle in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and continue beating until these dry ingredients are incorporated into the mixture.
3                   Add the cooled strong coffee and the vanilla essence and mix until incorporated.
4                   Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake papers and transfer to the preheated oven.
5                   Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until risen and evenly golden.
6                   Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely adding the frosting.

For the Espresso Buttercream Frosting you will need...
150g butter, softened
300g icing sugar
1 tablespoon of double-strength espresso, cooled (or 1 teaspoon decent instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water, then cooled)

1                   In a mixing bowl, slowly beat the butter together with one-third of the icing sugar until smoothly blended. Add in the rest of the icing sugar and the cooled coffee and continue beating until light and fluffy. I usually set a timer for 5 minutes to ensure gorgeous light frosting.  Transfer to the frosting delivery system cupcakes using a spatula, or pipe in generous swirls and top with toasted walnuts – the perfect complement to an excellent coffee.

We're full of (magic) beans!

I’m lucky enough to live near several of the many coffee shops that sell their coffees and McCabe’s have an online shop if you live further afield. Pin It

36 comments:

Rachel said...

I think I'd have to have one of those cupcakes for breakfast. What a dreamy combination of flavors! it sounds like a fancy coffee drink morphed into a dessert (instead of the other way around which seems more common these days).
Your china is beautiful, expecially with fluffy frosted cupcakes on it!

Jill Colonna said...

Hester, this is fabulous! Well done on the Morning Show and with your cupcakes. Way to go, girl. You ROCK!

Lilly said...

Love your piping skills. Those swirls look perfect! Can you send some of the magic beans my way? Or better can you send some of these cupcakes my way! I promise I will eat them as soon as they arrive =)
Have a great weekend Hester!

Stasty said...

These look delicious and great pics too. Will defo check out the McCabes coffee.

Ann said...

The magic cupcakes are absolutely stunning! I'm sure they taste amazing - can I pre-order a dozen? How wonderful to meet someone like that and CONGRATULATIONS on the Morning Show!

Lizzy said...

Such stunning cupcakes, Hester! You iced these winners perfectly! And I love the story behind the flavor :)

Tina @flourtrader said...

Awesome looking cupcakes, recipe has been bookmarked. Coffee and chocolate are such a lovely combination. Funny-by the title I thought this may have been some cupcakes made with some legume instead of coffee beans! Yum-buzz!

Guilia said...

Deliziosi.
Ciao Giulia

Maureen said...

That photo is so good I can almost smell the cupcakes. I want to make some!

Parsley Sage said...

I would have loved to have heard you on the morning show! I don't suppose you still have the audio?

These cupcakes are glorious, darling! Magic beans indeed :)

natalie said...

Those look fantastic! I'm not a mocha fan (I actually HATE the taste of coffee, even chocolate can't make me like it), but I have a few friends who might murder me if I don't make this for them. So, my next party will have these on the cupcake tray. :)

Carolyn said...

Mmm, I love the combo of coffee and walnuts, so adding in chocolate to make it mocha is just another great addition. These are lovely!

Baking Serendipity said...

I love when small, family businesses get the praise. It makes me feel good about the world. So do cupcakes, incidentally. :) And these look fantastic! Congrats on the morning show too....so cool!

Chocolate Chilli Mango said...

Buzzed you big time for these! I love coffee and walnut and these look DEEEELICIOUS. Also extremely lovely to look at. Great work. YUM.

The Procrastobaker said...

I adoreee the classic coffee/walnut cake combination but havnt had it in far too long! These little cupcakes look so so delicious and the recipe seems pretty straightforward, saving it for sure :) You have a really lovely blog which i will be visiting again for sure!

CouponClippingCook said...

This recipe sounds delicious and your pictures of it are beautiful. You have a great blog and congratulations for making the Top 9 on FoodBuzz.

Sandra's Easy Cooking said...

Mouthwatering pictures, and great recipe! Congrats on top 9!

donotcallitbolognese said...

Wow these muffins looks gorgeous and I am sure they were delicious!
The combination walnuts and coffee is a classic, and always good! Love your blog. Ciao

Mike@ The Culinary Lens said...

I will have to try McCabe's coffee on my next trip to Ireland. I reall enjoy good cofee. These look delicious.
I see you broke out what my mother would have called "the good china" it was only taken out for priests and the mother in law LOL.

Manu said...

Oh Hester! You know... there are 2 things I cannot live without... chocolate and coffee! These cupcakes look perfect! I love those soft and silky swirls of buttercream on the top! Delicious! And CONGRATS on the Morning Show interview! I am so proud of you! <3

Eftychia said...

Delicious frosting! Congrats for the Top 9.

Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Hester...magic beans or not...these cupcakes are beautiful! Coffee and chocolate are such a perfect combination. Your piping is so perfect! : )

p.s....and I love your teacup and plates!

Brindusa said...

Congratulations Hester for TOP9 on Foodbuzz. Your cupcakes are so cute, that I wish they allow me to buzz them many times! :)
Great recipe! Have a nice week.

Brindusa@ Cooking with my soul

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Wow, these look absolutely amazing! What a great meet up story, too. It was a match made in foodie heaven :)

Ann said...

Congratulations on making Food Buzz's Top 9!

Sarah said...

Magic beans! I'm sold- these cupcakes look fantastic!! I think I would like one for breakfast this morning...

kankana said...

This is rocking! Morning show and this fabulous cupcakes. Indeed magical :)

5 Star Foodie said...

This coffee sounds wonderful and the cupcake with espresso and espresso frosting sound incredibly delicious, a perfect treat for breakfast!

purabi naha said...

Extremely tempting cupcakes, with espresso coffee flavour! I can't resist now. The recipe sounds perfect! Thanks for being my foodbuzz friend!!

Eating Deliciously said...

These would be perfect for breakfast. They look beautiful!

Lilly said...

Hester just a quick note I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog so much I am sharing these awards with you! They are on my blog so come and get them!

Kristen said...

Those are beautiful cupcakes. I love the tray you put them on, too!

Celia said...

I see you hit Top 9 while I was in post-bar catatonia. Congrats! These look so, so delicious. I'm a massive caffeine addict, but I think I just got a transatlantic morning wakeup just looking at the amount of coffee in this recipe. I love it; so delicious...magic, even.

Beloved Green said...

Espresso Buttercream Frosting -- now that sounds like heaven.

Tiffany said...

I want magic beans! AND a tub of that icing!!!

Karen Xavier said...

This looks deadly, can almost smell the coffee... will definitely be making it soon!