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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large 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 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.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 227 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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