“Pick Me Up” Cupcakes


The other night I was really craving chocolate cupcakes, but I was not feeling up to the task. To give you a quick back story, I had been battling an intestinal infection, and haven’t been feeling up to baking or cooking for the past 3 weeks.  Brandon was sweet enough to bake them for me using this  amazing cupcake recipe. This particular recipe calls for 1 cup of strong coffee so I made sure to tell my husband to use the decaf we have in the cabinet.

About an hour later that night, around 9:30 we sat down and each enjoyed 2 delicious cupcakes that my husband so lovingly made. Let me tell you- after not having an appetite for 3 weeks, these cupcakes tasted like I was eating heaven. I went to bed, soon after that and lay there tossing and turning for about an hour. (Normally I’m down for the count in 5 minutes tops) I turned to Brandon and asked: “Which coffee did you use for the cupcakes?” He replied: “The one in the red container.”

Uh oh.

He did not use decaf  coffee. Needless to say, we both had trouble falling asleep that night, but it was worth every crumb.


^^ I really enjoy cute wordsy but practical kitchen things, like this one.


For this recipe, I added my own top secret special ingredient: Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips. Also, when Brandon followed the recipe earlier this week, we noticed that they were really crumbly.  I added an additional 2 eggs to the one for today, and they had a much better consistency.


For the icing on the cake, I created my own. I used 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup of unsweetened baking cocoa, 1/2 stick of softened butter, and roughly 2-3 tablespoons of coffee.



I must say, these cupcakes are so much more delicious than a cup of black coffee. I think that it is perfectly acceptable to have a cupcake (or 2) for breakfast once in a while. Right?

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Megan Callahan at 8:45 am

    Mmm I wonder if I could make them gf ? 🙂 sorry you’ve been so sick. Glad you are felling better now though.
    Ps In your frosting recipe I think you meant 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder not baking powder. 😉

  2. Laney at 1:19 am

    That boys knows how to make a mom smile ! So proud of him for taking goid care of you and making special food for you. He’s always loved cooking since he was little- and he just keeps getting better and better at it!

  3. 58Teresa at 9:22 am

    mmmm chocolate cupcakes = good husband!

  4. iloveapplepie at 1:44 pm

    yum yum yum. I love the idea of adding coffee to the frosting, too. I bet it would be so yummy on top of the brownies I made last night (from a box).