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Mocha Cupcake with Espresso Buttercream

Coffee and chocolate are a delectable duo.

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Sometimes what you need is a late-afternoon pick-me-up in the shape of a small baked good. A mocha cupcake (a combination of chocolate and coffee flavors) topped with buttercream icing infused with the flavor of espresso (really strong coffee) might just perk up your tired brain. And just like the fancy coffees you'll find at your nearest coffee shop, you can add whatever you want to this cupcake -- drizzle it with caramel, sprinkle it with cinnamon, whatever floats your boat. As a true coffee lover would ask, "Why just have coffee with your dessert when it can be in your dessert, too?"

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