Ok so I'm making a cupcake recipe from the Cupcake Bible called Chocolate Tiramisu Cupcakes... The recipe calls for 2 tbsp instant espresso powder and some brandy. I have no brandy or espresso. So I read that I could just grind up instant coffee until it's more powderlike and use it.... I have now mixed up my batter and it smells reallllllllly coffee strong... I'm afraid my family won't like it soooo coffeeish. I drink coffee, but only with tons of sugar and creamer...
So i'm wondering if I can add liquid creamer to it... My cousin down the street has some vanilla/caramel liquid creamer. I've already added butter, eggs, and water. So i can't lessen any of those ingredients to make up for the addition.. is that necessary? Can I add creamer?? and HOW MUCH?
Thanks so much in advance for your wise words!!
Does the cake already have milk in it? If it does, the creamer will probably not make that much difference. And the cake will already have sugar in it, so that probably won't be necessary either. I just read a recipe that had instant coffee in it and the person who posted it said that the batter smelled very strongly of coffee, but the finished cake didn't and didn't have an overpowering taste of coffee. Maybe that will be the case with yours, too.
Coffee in chocolate cakes/cupcakes brings out the chocolate flavor in the cakes. Once the cake is baked, you really won't taste the coffee. That is the way I make my chocolate cakes and they are always a hit, not a complaint yet.
ditto on the coffee. It's my "secret ingredient."
Next time, if ya don't have the espresso, I would just make strong coffee and use that in place of the water in the recipe.
As far as this time around, since it's cupcakes you are baking, why not bake one off and taste it and see how it tastes?
How much coffee do you put in leah?
I always add coffee . Also, no need to grind up the larger pieces. Simply dissolve in a few tablespoons of boiling water then add to batter. DELICIOUS!
I agree.... in my doctored WASC recipe, I use 4 Tbs of instant coffee in a teeny bit of water and the coffee smell is REALLY strong, but once it's baked, it doesn't taste as strong as it smells as a batter.