This and that: Palpitation Cupcakes and a Coffee Review

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Palpitation Cupcakes and a Coffee Review

A while back I was lucky enough to be able to receive coffee from Don Tomas Coffee to use and review.  I was so excited when I received it and when I opened the box, the aroma was so wonderful and I envisioned so many things to make with it.  I don't drink much coffee anymore but this coffee tasted so wonderful... It had a great robust taste that left no after taste and even when made strong, which is the way I like it, it was great tasting with no after taste.

Light Roast
Heritage Roast ~ courtesy of Don Tomas Coffee

After reading about the company and how they harvested the coffee beans and also helped the community I was very impressed.  Don Tomas Coffee is a family operated business that produce high quality coffee beans in Nicaragua.  With this they have also invested in building a healthy community. They have built a school, medical center and a place of worship to help their employees.  Another awesome thing about this company is that they have a fundraising program,  your school/organization will keep 25% of all internet proceeds and 30% of all other proceeds.  That sounds good to me and if you are planning on doing some fundraising this may be a good place to start for you.

During my review of this coffee, I served it for company and all that drank enjoyed the robust taste.  I also made a couple of specialty coffees with this coffee and loved them. Here are the recipes for these specialty coffees:  Pumpkin Spice Latte and Salted Caramel Mocha Latte.  Another recipe that I made was my Palpitation cupcakes... The reason I am calling them Palpitation cupcakes is that I used espresso strong coffee to make them.  I used 6 heaping tablespoons of  coffee to 1.5 cups of water to make the coffee.  The cupcakes alone weren't that strong but the frosting gave me palpitation when I tasted it alone. Together they were downright delicious... The review I got for this recipes were" thumbs up".  Everyone liked them and didn't think that the coffee was too strong but just right.

Palpitation Cupcakes with Chocolate Espresso Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup eggnog
1/2 cup strong coffee (made mine 6 tbsp ground coffee /1.5 cup water)
1 1/2 cups flour 
1 tsp soda
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla 

Beat butter, sugar and egg together until mixed.  Mix in eggnog and coffee.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Add vanilla and mix well.  Line muffin tin with cupcake holders and fill 3/4. (I was able to make 14 cupcakes).  Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes clean, approximately 20 -25 minutes.  Cool, once cool, apply frosting (recipe below).

Chocolate Espresso Buttercream Frosting
3 tbsp soft butter
1 oz melted chocolate
1/8 cup strong coffee (6  tbsp ground coffee/1.5 cup water)
1/8 cup milk
2-3 cups powdered sugar ( I used just a little less then 3 cups)

Beat butter until soft, add chocolate and continue to beat.  Add 2.5 cups powdered sugar and beat until well mixed.  Add liquids and continue to beat for a couple of minutes.  Adding more powdered sugar until is a stiff consistency.  

You may need to eat these with milk.

This weekend on Foodie Friends Friday
we will be having a Coffee Celebration 
You don't want to miss an opportunity of winning some great coffee...

In case you don't win any but still want to try this coffee go to Don Tomas Coffee and use Coupon Code ~ FOODIEFRIENDS for 20% off through January.

This recipe and article was sponsored by Don Tomas Coffee.  I was given a pound of coffee to taste and review.  The opinion of the coffee was mine and what I observed by the friends that I served it to.


  1. Those cupcakes sounded so good and they look beautiful!

  2. oh my Marly! I NEED one of these!!

  3. Delicious sounding frosting.. I love coffee with anything chocolate. Please share this on my foodie friday party today.

    1. Thanks for the invite... I am off to your party :)

  4. These are so beautiful and tempting! I wish I had one now! Your photography is stunning also. Great post!

    Thank for linking up to the Foodie Friends Friday party! I love the recipe your brought!

    I am off to pin this and to share it on facebook!

    1. Thanks Cynthia for all the compliments.. Wish you were closer and we could have coffee/tea and a cupcake.

  5. These look super yummy!

    Thanks for linking up at


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