White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes
Luxurious white chocolate mocha cupcakes, inspired by Starbucks and infused with Starbucks VIA coffee.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  • For the ganache:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 packet Starbucks VIA Italian Roast
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 egg whites
  • 18 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened slightly and sliced
  • ¼ cup white chocolate, melted and cooled
  1. For the ganache:Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering then empty the packet of Starbucks VIA into the cream and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.) Add the butter and stir until combined.
  2. For the frosting:Cook the egg whites and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved (test by rubbing some between your fingers. If it’s completely smooth, it’s done).
  3. Pour into another bowl (a stand mixer is preferable) and whip on high speed until room temp.
  4. Then, on a medium-slow speed, add the butter, waiting until each piece is completely incorporated before adding the next. The buttercream may turn into a soupy curdled mess, but I assure you it will be ok; just beat it for a few minutes longer. It’ll come together!
  5. When the buttercream has reached the ideal consistency, add the melted and cooled white chocolate carefully. Try not to get any on the walls of the bowl as it will cool and harden there. Whip to incorporate.
Recipe by sweetest kitchen at http://www.sweetestkitchen.com/2009/11/white-chocolate-mocha-cupcakes/