Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

Have you seen that Sex and the City episode where Miranda has to dump a chocolate cake in the trash and drizzle it with dish soap to keep her from eating it all? That was me yesterday morning with the last of these chocolate cakes. They were so good and I couldn’t resist grabbing one every time I was in the kitchen. I finally had it, and dumped what was left in the garbage.

Fifteen minutes later I contemplated opening the trash can to see if there was one I could salvage. Thankfully, reason prevailed.

Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

These little cakes are moist and tender, super chocolaty and enhanced by a healthy dose of strong coffee. You can’t taste the coffee in the cakes, but it really helps bring out the chocolate flavor. The glaze on the other hand, made with white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, is deliciously scented with espresso. It’s a perfect pairing. Coffee lovers, you’re going to want one of these little gems alongside your next cup.

Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

Why did I have to throw my last few out, that was stupid. Maybe I should bake a few more. Who wants to come over for coffee and a chocolate fix this afternoon?

Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

Yield: 24 little cakes

Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

Moist, coffee scented chocolate cakes are drizzled in an espresso and white chocolate glaze.

Ingredients

    For the cakes:
  • 1 1/4 cup (295 milliliters) hot coffee
  • 1 cup (110 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cup (330 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon (5 grams) salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon (11 grams) baking soda
  • 2 cups (400 grams) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (282 grams) sour cream
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (267 milliliters) vegetable oil
  • For the glaze:
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons hot espresso or double strength coffee

Instructions

    To make the cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the coffee and cocoa powder until no lumps remain. Set aside. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until smooth and pale yellow in color. Stir in the sour cream, followed by the vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture all at once and stir until combined. Stir in the cocoa mixture and mix until smooth.
  4. Fill each cup in the muffin pan 2/3 full and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the icing:
  6. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat proof bowl places over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove from heat when melted. Slowly whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and espresso. The white chocolate will seize as you first stir them in, but don't be alarmed, keep stirring and it will become smooth.
  7. Dip the tops of the cooled cakes into the warm glaze and set over a wire rack to cool, letting the glaze drip down the sides. Glaze will remain moist as it sits.
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11 Responses to Chocolate Cakes with Espresso Glaze

  1. Flavia says:

    Wish I lived closer…I would have taken the extras off your hands for you! :)

  2. I’m a bad friend. I should have been there for you to help you eat these :)

  3. Lynna says:

    LOL. I would feel too guilty to do that. Maybe I should start, or else I wont be able to fit my pants anymore!

    But these chocolate cakes look so tempting!

  4. These cakes do look delicious. My husband would love them.

  5. This looks like exactly the kind of dessert I only bake if I have company coming over. That way, I don’t have to worry about the leftovers taunting me every time I walk into the kitchen, because I send them home with my unsuspecting victims… errr… guests.
    Mind you, these look so good I don’t know if I want to wait until I have people over. I may take the risk and make them just for lil’ ol’ me! :)

  6. Slice says:

    Girls, you aren’t thinking. Keep one or two of these gorgeous little cakes for yourself, stored in the freezer, of course, and immediately assemble paper plates or plastic containers with the rest of the cakes and deliver them to the postman, the guys who cut your grass, the ladies at the dry cleaners, the staff at your gym or dentist or church or hair salon. They will love you and so will your hips ; ).

  7. Stephanie says:

    I’ll be right over! I love anything coffee and condensed milk. =)

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