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Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting │ BlissAccomplished.com

Until recently, thoughts about frosting haven’t entered my mind all that often. I absolutely adore cake – good, flavorful, moist, delicious cake – and I’m perfectly happy to enjoy “naked” cake rather than slathering it with the empty calories of a sub-par frosting.

That’s all changed for me now. Part of what I enjoy so much about cooking and baking is the learning process and the exploration of recipes and ingredients.

After searching for a classic, uncomplicated recipe for some very important Dark Chocolate Mocha Liqueur Cupcakes for a friend’s birthday, I landed on this recipe. It’s definitely a keeper. Perfecting it for the birthday cupcakes taught me that frosting is a much bigger deal than I originally thought. A good frosting – like any good “finishing” ingredient – makes a big difference in the overall taste and presentation experience.

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting │ BlissAccomplished.com

Dark Chocolate + Mocha + Cream Cheese. Need I say more?

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting │ BlissAccomplished.com

Have someone on hand to help you lick the beaters… or not.

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting │ BlissAccomplished.com

 

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting:

Adapted from Cupcake Project

8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)

¼ cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)

3 cups powdered sugar, sifted (decrease sugar for softer frosting)

½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or coffee liqueur)

1 – 2 tablespoon espresso powder, optional

 

• Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.

• Add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, blending into the creamed mixture first with a spatula so you don’t have a cloud of powdered sugar all over your kitchen, and then beating on medium speed.

• Add cocoa powder, vanilla and espresso powder, blend, beat, and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

 

Notes:

This frosting can be made up to two days in advance and kept refrigerated in an airtight container until needed.

The espresso powder adds a decadent mocha/coffee flavor to the frosting. The more espresso powder you add, the more intense mocha/coffee flavor you’ll have.

Let refrigerated frosting soften to room temperature before piping or spreading onto cupcakes.

Dark Chocolate Mocha Liqueur Cupcakes │ BlissAccomplished.com

By the way… The decadent Dark Chocolate Mocha Liqueur Cupcakes I mentioned earlier were accompanied by heavenly Amaretto Cupcakes with angelic Amaretto Ricotta Buttercream. All the cupcakes disappeared by the end of the party. {Be still my heart!}

~M

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