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Chocolate Cappuccino Cupcakes Recipe

1 package chocolate cake mix (about 18 oz.)
1/2 C. instant coffee, divided
2 t. hot water
1 16-ounce container cream cheese frosting
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2 t. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place baking cups in muffin pans; set aside. Prepare cake mix following package directions for 24 cupcakes, adding 2 tablespoons instant coffee before mixing. Spoon batter into baking cups.

Bake as directed. Cool. Dissolve remaining instant coffee in hot water. Stir frosting into coffee mixture until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Microwave chocolate morsels and oil on high in a small microwave-safe dish, 1 to 1-/2 minutes, stirring once, until chocolate is melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over frosted cupcakes. Let stand until chocolate sets.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

TURN CUPCAKES INTO PARTY CAKES

Here are some quick ideas for decorating cupcakes. Each makes 24 cupcakes.

Merry Santa Cupcakes

Prepare white cake mix (about 18 ounce) following package directions for 24 cupcakes; cool. Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Decorate each cupcake to look like Santa: For hat, sprinkle top third and halfway down one side with red sugar crystals. Place chocolate candies on frosting for eyes and nose. Cut 2 mini-marshmallows in half lengthwise, place at edge of red sugar for hat brim. Place a marshmallow at end of red sugar on side for the hat tassel. For beard, place about 10 marshmallows over bottom third of frosting.

Christmas Wreaths

Bake any flavor cake mix as cupcakes. Frost with vanilla frosting. Cut a circle 1 inch in diameter smaller than the cupcakes, (probably 1-1/2 inches). Place frosted cupcake on a square of wax paper, place the small circle in the center and sprinkle green sugar around the perimeter of the cake, resulting in a green "wreath." Decorate using red cinnamon candies berries and a tie of red rope licorice for a bow.

Snowballs, Snowmen

Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Dip tops into a bowl of flaked coconut. For snowmen, add an eyes, nose and mouth with M&Ms.

     

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