Holiday Decorating Fuel and Tradition: Coffee and Cinnamon Rolls

This year we are a little behind in our decorating.  Usually we have the tree up and decorated the weekend right after Thanksgiving.

We finally got together as a family this past weekend and decorated the tree.  It is a family tradition that everyone has to be home and has to help put some ornaments on the tree.

Another family tradition we have is to eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Christmas morning with coffee.  There is something so wonderful about that #DeliciousPairings  This year I picked up a bag of the Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee and a pack of the Artisan Fresh cinnamon rolls from Sam’s Club to motivate my tree decorators.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes

This week starts a month long cupcake challenge
over at Hoosier Homemade.
I love reading her blog and seeing the amazing
treats that she bakes.I just HAD:-) to participate in this fun challenge.
The theme of the month is summer time, and
this week the challenge was to create a flavor
that says summer to you.I had so many different ideas for cupcakes
running through my brain.
Blackberry, peach, lime, coconut, watermelon, cobbler, blueberry…
It was hard to choose just one!
But in the end, the one flavor that I love to have in the summer
is a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks.
(actually I go back and forth between the caramel frapp too)

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes - fun coffee flavored cupcakes topped with a white chocolate frosting http://www.insidebrucrewilfe.com

I figured, why couldn’t I capture that in cupcake form???

And in order to really get the essence of the drink…
I just had to go have one.
It was for research purposes…honest…

and I needed a green straw:-)

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes - fun coffee flavored cupcakes topped with a white chocolate frosting http://www.insidebrucrewilfe.com

After thoroughly finishing my research,
(yes, it was tasty on a very hot summer day)
I went and bought the necessary items to make these
White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes.

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes - fun coffee flavored cupcakes topped with a white chocolate frosting http://www.insidebrucrewilfe.com

These smelled soooooo good baking!

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes

Mocha Latte Cupcakes topped with a White Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup International Delight Mocha Latte drink mix
For the White Chocolate Frosting
6 oz. white baking chocolate (chopped up)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl dissolve the mocha drink mix in the hot water. Add the rest of the cake ingredients and beat on low for 1 minute. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake at 350* for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Stir white chocolate and whipping cream in a small saucepan on low heat until melted and smooth. Cool. Add to the butter, sugar, and vanilla and beat on high until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes. Drizzle with chocolate before serving if desired. Makes 24 cupcakes. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2010/08/starbucks-inspired-cupcakes/
 
Now to start thinking about next weeks themed cupcake????