Cappuccino Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup instant cappuccino coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and 1/4 cup cappuccino. Pour in 1 1/4 cups water, 3 egg whites and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix well, then pour batter into cupcake pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven according to package directions until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks and cool completely.
  4. To make the Mocha Frosting: In a large bowl, combine shortening with vanilla. Blend in half of the confectioners’ sugar. Blend in 2 tablespoons milk. Repeat with remaining confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix in approximately half of the cocoa.
  5. Dissolve the 1 tablespoon instant coffee into 1 cup of hot water. While still warm, pour two tablespoons of the coffee into the frosting mixture. Mix in remaining cocoa. Add coffee mixture, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Fill and frost cupcakes.