I thought the cake would be a bit bland, so I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the flour. Instead of kahlua or amaretto I used Bayleys caramel, I found the cutest little bottle at the liquor store that contained exactly 3 tablespoons of liqour: 1 for the syrup, 1 for the filling/frosting and one for me to enjoy (I felt like rewarding myself for losing two kilos last week and thought one tablespoon of liqour wouldn't do to much damage....).
I didn't feel like making one big cake and thought that a regulat cupcake would still contain loads of calories, so I decided to make bitesize cupcakes. After the second batch of minicupcakes however I ran out of minicupcakeliners, so I ended up with 24 bitesize cupcakes and 12 normal cupcakes. I didn't fill the cupcakes, add finely chopped chocolate or add the espresso syrup to the mascarpone mixture. I simply topped the cupcakes with the filling and decorated with chocolate coffeebeans and cocoa powder.
At the P&Q-section for this recipe Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia suggests making your own mascarpone as it can be an expensive ingredient, she talks about a recipe form Addicted Sweet Tooth. I don't know the prices over in USA, but over here 250 grams of mascarpone cost € 2,39, which would be $2,95. Not very expensive in my opninion compared to creamcheese, however I am intrigued by the thought of making my own mascarpone so I might give it a go next time!
Also next time I make these cuties I will probably double the filling as I thought the ratio cake:filling was too small..... I prefer more mascarpone and less cake! The coworkers really loved these as did I. I'm thinking about tweaking the recipe to make it more summery so I can make them for my tea party in July, so if you have any suggestions: I'm open to them!
The normal-size cupcakes are 5,5 WW Points a piece, the bite-size cupcakes are 2,5 WW Points a piece. If you want to know what the other 229 TWD-bakers thought of this recipe, go here.
Now on to a different topic: Natalie of What's for Supper is hosting a fabulous giveaway in celebration of Mother's Day, she's giving away the cutest pink and brown purse from her moms Etsy shop Flying Needles. Go check out the giveaway here, just don't enter: that purse is mine!! Can't you see my name is written all over it???