Lots of people like coffee, lots of people like cupcakes – why not combine the two? These were another birthday treat for a coworker who just happens to be a bit of a coffee addict. I have made white chocolate mocha cupcakes before which were great, but they seemed a bit girly for this dude and I wanted a more intense coffee flavor. The base consists of a fudgy brownie flavored with coffee liqueur and espresso powder. The cupcakes are nicely complimented by the mocha buttercream on top, and if you can find them I think chocolate-covered espresso beans are the perfect garnish for these treats. I really, really liked these and will definitely make them again. Mmmm, I can smell that coffee now just thinking about them….