Two great flavors that go together and can be found just about everywhere. My favorite coffee drink is a hazelnut mocha. And I am not the only one. With this drink as the inspiration, I hit the pantry to make these festive holiday treats.
Again, I used a standard boxed Devil’s Food mix. Follow the directions on the box with the following changes:
- pull 6 shots of espresso and pour into a measuring cup, fill the cup with water to the level required on the box.
- add ½ cup espresso flavored chocolate chips
Use your favorite butter cream frosting recipe.
- Substitute Hazelnut flavoring (Monin) for the cream
Bake, cool, frost & garnish.
When frosting the cupcake, use an offset spatula to apply a flat layer of frosting across the cap of the cupcake. Using a star tip and a slanting motion, circle the cupcakes to make an edge around each cake. Garnish the cupcake with a hazelnut that has been roasted ahead of time.
The frosting design is inspired by the carousels featured at Christmas Markets in Germany and the Weihnachtspyramide that comes out each year at this time.