Coffee Milk Brownie Cupcakes

If you’re from New England, specifically Rhode Island, you may be familiar with coffee milk. Although I grew up in Connecticut, it wasn’t until the company Mantry recently sent me a box of goodies that I discovered the magic of coffee syrup. It’s basically coffee boiled down with pure cane sugar to make to a thick, yummy syrup full of coffee flavor. Coffee milk is simply the combination of this coffee syrup with milk, and it’s very popular in Rhode Island. Why is that little state hogging this beautiful idea?? From a very young age, I’ve always LOVED coffee ice cream – long before I was able to take a sip of joe, and I would have been obsessed with coffee milk in lieu of chocolate milk growing up had I discovered it sooner. When I got a sample of Dave’s Coffee Syrup I knew immediately I was going to make frosting out of it and since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, these cupcakes were born.

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Although I’m usually a huge proponent of an absurdly large swirl of frosting on top of cupcakes, I’m totally digging this new way to add buttercream inside the cupcake.  I used a mini heart cookie cutter to trace out the shape (or whatever shape you want!), then used a small spoon to scoop out some cupcake and added the buttercream with a large round tip. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, the results are elegant and refined without being too over-the-top. But really, the cupcake-to-frosting ratio is pretty absurd. Absurd in a beautiful way, especially when it comes to this ridiculously tasty coffee milk buttercream. Just scroll down a bit to see the photo of the insides of these cupcakes – that’s a lot of frosting and I’m not complaining! The cupcake itself is a “brownie cupcake” in that it’s somewhere in between – not just brownie batter baked in cupcake liners, but a hybrid that results in a fudgey cupcake with a bit of brownie chew. It’s an important distinction, and I lovedddd the consistency and taste of these so much!

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Coffee and Valentine’s Day don’t normally go hand-in-hand. There’s no red velvet here, no pink and red decorations, no conversation hearts, but there is chocolate involved so we’re not totally off. The reason I made these cupcakes with a Valentine’s Day twist is because I have your man in mind. I’m partnering up with Mantry for an awesome giveaway for the man in your life! Mantry is a monthly subscription service that delivers “the man’s pantry” of artisan “manly” foods to your door in a beautiful wooden crate. The crate I received for Ryan was themed Coffee & Smoke and included all sorts of BBQ and coffee-flavored goodies from around the country, included the coffee syrup from Rhode Island featured in my cupcakes. Each month has a different theme full of awesome goodies aimed for men but enjoyed by all! If you want to give your man a Mantry for Valentine’s Day this year, here are the giveaway details:

Mantry Giveaway Details:

  1. Like my page on Facebook and/or follow me on BlogLovin’ and/or Instagram
  2. Leave a comment on this post and make sure to leave a valid email address so I can message you if you win. Don’t worry, it won’t be made public!
  3. You may enter one day every day until the contest ends
  4. Giveaway limited to US readers (sorry international friends!)
  5. Contest ends Tuesday February 3rd at 5PM EST. Winner will be announced via email

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