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Elevate Your Baking Game with Coffee: Two Irresistible Recipes!

Are you a coffee lover who also enjoys indulging in sweet treats? Well, why not combine your two passions and take your baking to the next level with coffee-infused recipes? The rich and aromatic flavors of coffee can add depth and complexity to your favorite baked goods. Let’s explore the world of baking with coffee and share two delightful recipes that are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Baking with coffee can bring a delicious depth of flavor to your baked goods. 
A coffee cupcake with cinnamon and orange on top with a cup of coffee, from Monster Buck Coffee, and a candle lit in the background.
Here are a few reasons why using coffee in your baking can be a wonderful idea:
1. Flavor Enhancement: Coffee has a rich, complex flavor that can add depth and complexity to a wide range of baked goods. It can complement and enhance the flavors of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and many other ingredients commonly used in baking.
2. Moisture and Tenderness: Coffee can help add moisture to your baked goods, resulting in a softer and more tender texture. It can also improve the shelf life of certain baked goods, keeping them moist for longer.
3. Aroma: Coffee has a wonderful aroma that can fill your kitchen while baking. This aroma can make your home feel warm, cozy, and inviting.
4. Chocolate Companion: Coffee and chocolate are a classic combination as they both have rich and bold flavors. Adding coffee to chocolate-based recipes like brownies, cakes, or cookies can intensify the taste of chocolate and create a more decadent treat.
5. Versatility: Coffee can be used in various forms in baking, such as brewed coffee, instant coffee granules, or espresso powder. This versatility allows you to experiment with different recipes and find your preferred way of incorporating coffee into your baked goods.
Remember to start with a small amount of coffee and adjust to your taste, as it can have a strong flavor that may vary depending on the type of coffee used.

Get ready to take your baking game to the next level!

Coffee Infused Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

- 1 cup granulated sugar

- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

- ½ teaspoon baking soda

- ¼ teaspoon salt

- 1 large egg

- ¾ cup strong brewed coffee, cooled

- ½ cup whole milk

- ⅓ cup vegetable oil

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the coffee-infused frosting:

- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

- 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, cooled

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, coffee, milk, oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.

4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

5. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ full.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

For the coffee-infused frosting:

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter until smooth.

2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition.

3. Add the brewed coffee and beat until light and fluffy.

4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them generously with the coffee-infused frosting.

5. Optional: Garnish with chocolate curls or a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

6. Enjoy the delectable combination of rich chocolate and the invigorating taste of coffee!

Espresso Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

For the crust:

- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

- ¼ cup granulated sugar

- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

- 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened

- ¾ cup granulated sugar

- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

- 2 large eggs

- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (use finely ground whole beans of your choice)

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking dish with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until evenly moistened.

3. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, creating an even layer.

4. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

5. Pour the filling over the crust, spreading it out evenly.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set around the edges and slightly jiggly in the center.

7. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely in the pan.

8. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up.

9. Cut into bars and serve chilled or at room temperature.

10. Delight in the harmonious blend of creamy cheesecake and the boldness of espresso!



Happy baking friends!

 

Elevate your baking with coffee: two recipes