flowerDied & Gone to Heaven Cupcakes

If you want to feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven…this combination of flavours will get you there!!!

When I had my baking business I wanted to create a new cupcake.  I had all these separate recipes for the cupcake and for the frosting but wanted to make it real special.  So I came up with this chocolate cupcake with a caramel center and a coffee/Kahlua/buttercream.  The flavours complement each like no other!

Every time I make these they literally fly off the platter once I tell them what’s in them.

So here goes!


Died & Gone to Heaven Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake:  this will make 28 cupcakes
  1. 2 cups of flour ( I used cake flour for a light cupcake) AP flour is ok.
  2. 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  3. 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1-1/2 cups of sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1 cup real mayonnaise
  9. 1-1/4 cups water


  • in a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda
  • in a large mixer bowl, on high speed, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla till thickened
  • add mayonnaise and mix on low
  • beat in flour and water alternately…3 additions of flour/2 water until well blended
  • scoop ( I used a #20) into your prepared pans…3/4 full
  • bake for 19 minutes @ 350 degrees
  • cool on rack
  • once cooled, scoop out a hole in the centre..but don’t go right to the bottom…you don’t want the caramel to ooze out the bottom
  • with a piping bag fill the “hole” with caramel (dulce de leches)

Coffee/Kahlua/ Buttercream

  • 2 cups of butter
  • 6 cups of icing sugar, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBSP instant coffee granules ( I used instant espresso powder)
  • 2 tsp hot coffee
  • 2 tsp Kahlua or other coffee flavoured liqueur
  • 2-4 TBSP milk

In a glass measuring cup add your instant coffee, hot coffee and Kahlua and mix till dissolved.  In a large mixer bowl, beat your butter till smooth.  Add vanilla and beat well.  Begin adding your sifted icing sugar and beat well after each addition.  Add your coffee mixture and blend well.  I added about 3-4 TBSP of milk ) I like a soft buttercream) Put in piping bag with your favourite tip and frost the cupcakes.  They freeze really well.




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