Monday, February 23, 2009

ICE: Coffee


For my Iron Cupcake Earth: Coffee entry I made an almond-coffee cupcake with vanilla buttercream and coffee toffee. They ended up being nice cupcakes, though I'd up the coffee next time.

I used Michael Chu's toffee recipe on Cooking for Engineers using brewed coffee for the water and only using half the vanilla. It was my first time making toffee, so I was a little hesitant. After reading all the reviews about it breaking, I made sure to stay on low heat til the butter was melted, and it was really a very quick and easy recipe! The coffee flavor is very, very....subtle. I think next time I'd make a paste with instant espresso powder and the same water instead for a stronger coffee flavor.

The cupcakes were Beranbaum's almond cupcakes with half the almond extract and half the vanilla and adding two tsp of instant espresso powder with the dry ingredients. I'd probably make it three or four next time. The buttercream was Rosenberg's again (vanilla) - very tasty!

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