This is for all the coffee fans…especially those who love fancy coffee.  You know what I mean by “fancy” coffee – the cappuccino and frappuccino people.  If you’re looking for the fancy coffee flavor in a cupcake, look no further than Living Better Together.  There is coffee flavor in the cake AND the frosting with a hint of French vanilla.  Perfect with a cup of coffee.  Try it and see.

French Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes

Makes about 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
Cake:
  • 1 Box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
  • 3.9 oz. Package Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Coffee Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 4-5 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 cup French Vanilla Cappuccino Powder
  • 2 tsp Coffee Extract
  • 4-5 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • ⅛ cup Instant Espresso Grounds
Instructions
Cupcake:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Line cupcake pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer and beat until combined.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ½ – ⅔ full.
  5. Reduce heat to 375 F.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes until toothpick comes clean.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer cupcakes to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Frosting:
  1. Cream butter in a stand mixer or use a hand held mixer.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar a ½ cup at a time until combined.
  3. Add in french vanilla cappuccino powder and coffee extract.
  4. Add in heavy cream a tbsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  5. Transfer to a piping bag or decorator tool and frost cooled cupcakes.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the frosting with a little instant espresso powder.
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