February 23, 2009

Chocolate Espresso Pudding Cupcakes with Caramel Milk Foam

I'm down to the line with my Iron Cupcake entry this month. This month's ingredient is coffee. My idea was to make pudding cakes flavored with espresso that would be baked in espresso cups. I also wanted to play with a recent acquisition, Versawhip a soy protein powder that can whip liquids into foams. I bought the Versawhip after seeing the honey fluff made with it on Garrett's Table. I've made maple syrup fluff with it which was great on pancakes and sweet potatoes. Using it to foam soy milk is pushing the limits since there is fat in soy milk that lessens the foaming capabilities. However the consistency was what I was looking for, just like the foam of milk on a cappuccino without having to heat the milk.

The pudding cakes are really a treat and super easy to whip up. I will warn you that despite several adjustments to the recipe I couldn't keep them from bubbling over a little in the oven. You could solve that problem by baking them in one larger pan per the original recipe but then you lose the appeal of having your own little cupcake in an espresso cup. Who doesn't like to have their own little portion? These little cups are dark and chocolaty. The cake is fluffy on top and the pudding hidden underneath is thick and rich. The best part is that they don't have any undercooked egg danger and the recipe was easy to make vegan/dairy-free. I quite like the faux cappuccino look of the milk foam but I'd hate to discourage anyone from trying these because they don't want to go out and buy some crazy soy protein powder. Give them a try topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or some cashew cream.

Chocolate Espresso Pudding Cupcakes
My adaption of the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Cakes from Baking Bites. Please look to the original recipe for a larger version that is baked in an 8-inch square baking pan.
Makes 4 (3 ounce) espresso cup
cupcakes
*These are the espresso cups I used.

Batter:
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons +1 teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons milk (Silk DHA Enhanced soy for us)
1 tablespoon neutral oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
4 teaspoons cocoa powder
4 teaspoons mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life chips is my choice)
6 tablespoons boiling water + 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder or 6 tablespoons hot espresso

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
-Stir together the dry ingredients for the batter (the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt). Add the milk, oil and vanilla and stir until a smooth batter forms. Spoon equal amounts into 4 oven safe espresso cups or use 4 other oven safe ramekins or mugs.
-In a small bowl mix together the dry ingredients for the topping (the brown sugar, cocoa, and chocolate chips). Spoon equal amounts of this mixture over the tops of the batter filled cups. Place the cups on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
-Pour over the boiling water mixed with espresso powder or hot espresso. I spooned a tablespoon over each and then repeated with the remaining hot liquid until all was distributed evenly.
-Carefully place the baking sheet with cups into the hot oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cakes are done when the tops are puffed and set but you should be able to tell that there is pudding settled on the bottom.
-Remove the cups from the oven and cool slightly.
-Serve warm topped with caramel milk foam, whipped cream, ice cream or eat as is. You could foam some milk using a milk frother like this one.

Caramel Milk Foam
Based on tips from Garrett of Garrett's Table. Thanks Garrett!
Makes a little over 1 cup of foam

2 grams Versawhip 600K (soy protein powder purchased from Willpowder)
40 grams of soy milk
50 grams caramel syrup (I used syrup from this recipe)

-Whisk together the Versawhip and soy milk together until soft peaks form.
-Drizzle in the caramel syrup and continue whisking until all the syrup is incorporated and the foam is light and frothy.
-Spoon over the cupcakes and serve immediately.

This month's voting will begin Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner and will be open through Friday, March 6 at 12 noon.
The February Prize Pack includes prizes from:
Diana Evans, Lots of Sprinkles and Cakespy.
Prizes also come from these corporate providers:
Head Chefs by Fiesta Products, Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, Jessie Steele Aprons, The Cupcake Courier, and Taste of Home Books
Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers and Upwithcupcakes.com
As an added bonus for February, Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Bakery and Cupcakery Supply will be tossing in a variety of cupcaking supplies.

Abbie rates this recipe sniff worthy. Did you notice my son Alex's fingers in the spoon shot? He thought it was hilarious to try and steal the cup while I was taking the picture.

57 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

OOOH!!! Darling dessert.


Love Abbie; and your son is too funny with what he did, haha :-D

5 Star Foodie said...

That's a winner! Love the foam!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Absolutely unreal - just gorgeous and it looks like it would taste equally delicious!

Sasha said...

Wow. That looks amazing!

Patsyk said...

I really love how you made these in individual espresso cups. Adorable!

shelby said...

Could those be any more amazing!?

Mike said...

i love this dish. bookmarking it for the next time i have to impress a girl

ebagger said...

Those look absolutely incredible. You have to win!

Emily
www.justeatfood.com

Nila Rosa said...

I didn't even have to see the recipe title to know this was good. I think I drooled the second I saw the picture.

I have some versawhip as well. I haven't used it much tho. I should probably start playing around with the other fun powders I purchased from Willpowder too.

Nina Timm said...

I am gobsmacked looking at that second photo!! This is soooo decadent!!!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

I have to agree with Nina - gobsmacked is the right word! How yummy does that look! I can just imagine eating one of these in one of your bright gorgeous rooms in your new house...with all that natural light coming in and the snow-covered lawn! Beautiful!

And I'm constantly amazed at the range of soy products in the US that I just never see over here in Japan.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Wow...this looks incredibly delicious!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

This deserves a woot...so WOOT!

Great job...and hey..its so cool that it actually looks like coffee! Double WOOT!

Laura said...

Gorgeous Maggie. I love it! And your son's fingers actually make that picture look like someone is about to take a huge bite. Good Luck! Laura

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

That looks incredible, and it probably tastes great too since it has Abbie's approval :)

Sophie said...

OOh Maggie, this dessert looks superb!!! Can I have 1 or 2 for by my coffee, even that it is morning here!! Well done!!

Donna-FFW said...

AMAZING! These look unbelievably fantastic!! Definitely a winner!

natalie said...

oh yum! these are lovely!!!!

Just Cook It said...

Seriously yum. My kitten is called Abbey too!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Maggie these chocolate cupcakes look great...always to see these beauties make me happy :)

Jo said...

This looks absolutely decadent. It must be so delicious that even your cat wants some.

Dawn said...

Wow! Now that is stunning. I love the foam flavor. Very creative of you!

Lorraine said...

This looks delicious :) I wonder if it would work in those paper souffle (also called nut) cups?

Stef said...

I love the foam idea. It's the first time I've heard of it. I've got to try it!!

Stef said...

I love the foam idea. It's the first time I've heard of it. I've got to try it!!

miss v said...

holy moly. this cupcake is worthy of making you a food network star... absolutely amazing looking (and i assume the taste is just as incredible)

Joelen said...

This looks awesome!

Michele said...

That cupcake is gorgeous! They look really tasty too, but the presentation is simply amazing. I'd never heard of Versawhip either -- did you have to order it online?

lisaiscooking said...

That's so pretty, and I love the soy milk foam.

gkbloodsugar said...

Definitely one of the best desserts I've ever seen. Seriously.

Jamie said...

These look fantastic! Wow! All my favorite flavors in my favorite form! Gorgeous!

TavoLini said...

Oh wow--I almost fell off the chair when I saw the pudding.

(then a fit of giggles when I saw him trying to take the cup)

Looks amazing--very smart to use the espresso cups!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

DAMN impressive - WOW my mouse stopped dead in its tracks on this one!!

Clemencia said...

Oh my!!! this looks to dye for!!! :) thanks

shellyfish said...

Maggie! These are sensational looking! Alex is such a cutie, I can totally see him snagging that cup!

breadchick said...

Maggie,

Thanks! Seriously... Thanks for this! I'm in the middle of an afternoon post-paczki sugar crash thinking about getting one more and I come over here and get a VIRTUAL sugar boost!

I really needed this!! Abbie always looks so cute.

Tangled Noodle said...

What a cool trompe l'oeil effect! And the picture with the spoon looks like you're about to spoon it to the viewer. You know it's good when the cat can't resist!

talesofexpansion said...

omg, i am losing my mind over your cupcakes right now. drooooooooooool. they look so much like real espresso!

Daily Spud said...

That foam just does it for me!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so cute! I love the idea of having foam on top, it's light and goes really well with the rich and creamy pudding. yum yum!

Mommy Gourmet said...

Okay you just got my child looking at me oddly because I gasped at the ludicrous lusciousness of this. Man….now I am hungry.

Hannah said...

How perfect- I've recently been playing around with VersaWhip myself! I might specify that you want to get VersaWhip 600, and NOT 500 though, and 500 is based on milk proteins. What an awful mistake that could be. Oh, but just an aside, I think you could make this with soy lecthin, too! The foam would just be a bit airier. Ok, enough babbling- your dessert looks great!

Marianne said...

Those look like little cups of chocolatey heaven! Yum :D

chriesi said...

Oh that is totally cute!

Maggie said...

Thanks everyone for all the comments! I guess the way into everyone's heart is chocolate gooeyness.

Nicole (Sweetie Pie) said...

That looks SO GOOD!!!

Zita said...

Bookmarked!!!

Marysol said...

Oh! I'm (almost) speechless. That looks sinful.

Ingrid said...

I'll take that bite.....actually your son has the right idea...take the WHOLE cup!

Great photos!
~ingrid

Esi said...

I love that you made the cakes in espresso cups. Looks like a nice morning latte with an amazing surprise. The photos are great!

Mama Chicken said...

wow. all I can say is... wow. *drool*

Medena (-Melitta-) said...

Wow!!! How did I miss this?! Awesome, I know I would love this! :)

michelle | bleeding espresso said...

YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Dumas said...

I just have to say you take the most beautiful pictures! I love to just scroll through and LOOK at the food on your site. I would love to be able to make my food look that good! :~)
Amy :~D

Muneeba said...

You are an evil genius! Voted for you on Iron Cupcake for this.

Krista Joy said...

Would it be possible to make these in a cupcake pan and remove from pan or will the bottom be to runny to do that?

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