Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a delightful combination of rum-infused pears and a luscious chocolate frosting. Let’s whip up a batch of 12 cupcakes:

For the Cupcakes:

  1. Start by combining 225g of plant milk with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix 10g of instant coffee with 15g of hot water and add it to the milk mixture, along with 120g of oil and 1 tsp of vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together 265g of flour, 20g of cornstarch, 6g of baking powder, 2.5g of baking soda, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 150g of sugar, and 1/4 tsp of salt.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  5. Carefully fold in 70g of roasted and chopped walnuts.
  6. Transfer the batter into your muffin liners and bake at 175 degrees Celsius (approximately 347 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20-25 minutes.
  7. After baking, allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Then, make a small hole in the center of each cupcake and soak them with a mixture of coffee and rum.

For the Filling:

  1. Combine 200g of peeled and finely chopped pears, 25g of lemon juice, 15g of maple syrup, 12g of rum, and 1 tsp of vanilla in a pot.
  2. Cook until the pears become slightly soft.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix 3g of cornstarch with 3 tbsp of water. Add this mixture to the pot and stir until the pears thicken.
  4. Allow the pear filling to cool completely before using it to fill the muffins.

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  1. In a saucepan, cook 375g of soy milk, 3g of instant coffee, 25g of cocoa powder, 37g of cornstarch, 60g of sugar, and 1/3 tsp of salt over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly until it thickens into a custard.
  3. Transfer the custard to a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it cool completely.
  4. Use a hand blender to blend the custard until it becomes creamy.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat 250g of vegan butter until it becomes light and fluffy.
  6. With the mixer running on low speed, add the custard one tablespoon at a time.
  7. Finally, add 20g of sifted cocoa powder and mix until everything is well combined.
  8. Pipe this delightful frosting onto the muffins, and your cupcakes are ready to enjoy! 🍐✨

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