Spicy Mocha Cupcakes

This week I needed to make cupcakes for a bake sale at the office to benefit a charity.  Since this bake sale was geared toward adults, I decided to go for a spicy chocolate cupcake infused with the flavor of coffee…

The below recipes reference some of my Spice Blends.  Spiced Cocoa is a blend of dark unsweetened cocoa, cayenne pepper and other spices to enhance the flavor of the cocoa and balance the cayenne pepper.  Sweet Spice is a blend of cinnamon and other unique spices.  




Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Spicy Mocha Cupcakes

1/3 cup half & half
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons Gypsy World Spice Cafe Spiced Cocoa
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup coffee, chilled
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine semi-sweet chocolate chips with half & half in a small bowl.  
  • Microwave chocolate chips / half&half for 25-30 seconds intervals until chocolate chips are softened.  
  • Stir in Spiced Cocoa and set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy.  
  • Add sugar to butter and beat for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs (one at a time).  Beat well after each egg is added.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.
  • Alternate adding flour and coffee to the butter/sugar mixture while mixing until well combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate.
  • Fill cupcake liner 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  • Frost with Sweet Spice Buttercream Frosting (see below).  
  • Decorate with chocolate covered espresso beans. (optional)

Blogger’s Comment:   If you want to try this recipe, swap out the Spiced Cocoa for 2  tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa + 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.  It won’t have the heat…but will be very tasty.


Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Sweet Spice Buttercream Frosting

3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon Gypsy World Spice Cafe Sweet Spice
1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners sugar, butter, milk, sweet spice and  vanilla with a mixer.
  2. Beat for 1-2 minutes until very creamy. ( Add more milk if it consistency is too thick).

 Blogger’s Comment:   If you want to try this recipe, swap out the Sweet Spice for Cinnamon.



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