It’s Movember, which means dudes are growing moustaches to raise awareness about cancer, as well as funds for cancer research. Some ladies can grow a ‘stache, too, but I (fortunately) am unable. Instead I volunteered to help with the bake sale at work. To stick with the theme, I opted to do a mocha cupcake.
MOcha. Get it?
Here’s the amazing thing about the recipes I used for the cake and frosting: No eggs, no milk, no butter.
I KNOW. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
But hear me out. This is a cake you can make with a well-stocked pantry, without a trip to the grocery store. You can trust the cake recipe because it’s from Martha, and she can do no wrong in the kitchen. The frosting is a paleo recipe, but don’t be scared by that! It uses coconut oil instead of butter, and you don’t need to add sugar when you start with chocolate chips, because they’re sweet already. The coconut oil adds a nice flavor, so maybe I need to rename these mo(cha) co(coa) co(conut) cupcakes. Mococo.
I made two tweaks to the recipes to give it a mocha flavor. The cake got half water and half coffee (instead of water alone). For the frosting, I used coffee instead of vanilla extract.
Using the recipes linked above, I got 12 cupcakes and enough extra that I made a teeny layer cake for the Hubbs. (I baked it in a greased, standard-size ramekin.) It was a little messy, but SUPER delicious.