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Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

 Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting
Old-fashioned flavor comes through with the molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in these light, fluffy cupcakes. The mocha frosting is a fresh touch that makes them extra special. —Sarah Vaughan, Waterville, Maine
15 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans and assorted candies, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,
  • cloves and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with
  • buttermilk.

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Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for
  • 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Stir in the
  • coffee, butter and vanilla until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Garnish
  • with coffee beans and candies if desired. Yield: 15 cupcakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 227 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 147 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.