If you love coffee and a caffeine buzz, these are the cupcakes for you! These cupcakes are named after the popular coffee house drink, the Black Eye, made by pouring two shots of espresso into a cup of drip-brewed java. The drink was named for the way the espresso ring looked while being poured into the coffee. Delicious and fragrant, these cupcakes are for true coffee lovers!
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin pan with baking cups.
In small bowl, heat milk in the microwave until steaming. Whisk in espresso powder until dissolved. Cool.
In large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with espresso mixture, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute.
Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
Espresso Filling Set a fine mesh strainer inside a small bowl.
In small saucepan, stir together sugar, espresso powder, cornstarch and salt. In medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream and egg yolks. Stir into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Push through strainer. Cover top of filling directly with plastic wrap. Chill completely.
Espresso Icing In small bowl, whisk together espresso powder and milk.
In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Alternately add sugar, one cup at a time, with milk mixture, scraping sides and bottom of bowl often. Beat until fluffy.
To Assemble Pipe a ring of espresso icing around the outer edge of the cupcake. Using a Bismarck tip #230, fill cupcakes with espresso filling, letting it mound up and fill in the center of the icing ring.
Convenience TipFor filling, substitute instant chocolate pudding mix for Espresso Filling. Whisk 2-1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder into milk before adding to mix.
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