It's times like these that I wish I could have my cake and eat it too. These were almost too pretty to eat. Almost....key word.
Almond Latte Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
1 box vanilla cake mix (I cringe as I type that...if you prefer homemade, which normally I do - you can use any vanilla cupcake recipe such as this)
2 TBS. instant coffee (dissolved in a little water)
1 tsp. almond extract
Make vanilla cupcakes and add coffee and almond extract - bake as directed.
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate squares, chopped into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
Place chocolate pieces in a large bowl. Heat heavy cream on medium high until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until completely mixed and glossy. Allow ganache to cool before pouring over cupcakes as a glaze. If desired, melt white chocolate and create small dots on top of the ganache covered cupcake – then, using a toothpick, run a line through the dots as if to connect them – creating heart shapes. :) Enjoy!