Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 28th October 2011

I’m back with something special – Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting. 

A photo of 3 Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting topped with a Whopper on a white rectangular dish. 

I feel like it’s been months since I’ve been in the kitchen covered in flour with smears of chocolate on my face.  I hadn’t even had anything chocolate in a while.  But in the last couple of weeks a deep-seated craving for chocolate came over me and I couldn’t deprive myself any longer.  So when I ran to the kitchen to make some chocolate goodness, I realized something terrible.  For the first time since I can remember I didn’t have one morsel of chocolate in the cupboards.  Can you believe it?  I guess it’s really true what they say, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

It wasn’t a problem that wouldn’t take long to resolve.

A photo of six Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting on a wooden board.

After I returned from a chocolate buying binge at the market, I felt like a single dose of chocolate wouldn’t do.  No, not this time, I pulled out all the stops – moist Mocha Cupcakes with double the chocolate topped with another dose of luscious, silky Chocolate Mousse Frosting.  I thought to myself, “Self, if this doesn’t satisfy your chocolate craving, nothing will.”

A photo of a Mocha Cupcake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting sitting in a bed of Whoppers in a martini glass.

I feel like I’ve earned a little indulgence.  These last few months have been hectic to say the least.  Recipe writing with a very sick computer caused a one-week absence to turn into almost a 3-month absence.  My computer was holding me hostage!  Not only that but my phone went kaput at the same time.  Another famous saying?  “When it rains it pours!”  I’m happy to report not only is my computer healthy again but I also finally have a new phone.  Now if only I could figure out how to use all the buttons.

A photo of four Mocha Cupcakes displayed on various coloured small cupcake stands.

The really hard part was that I so missed chatting with all of you.  I want to thank everyone that reached out to me during my absence.  It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you are missed.  I am looking forward to catching up with my fellow bloggers and also with all of you.

A photo of a bunch of Mocha Cupcakes with a martini glass tipped over and Whoppers rolling out.

I’ve submitted all the recipes for the book and am now to the editing stage.  I honestly wondered if I would ever get here.  And although the editing is usually drudgery to most people, I’m really happy to be here.  Maybe that’s because the during the recipe development phase I was literally waking up baking…and going to sleep baking.  I was dreaming of cakes, pralines, custards and mousse.

A cropped photo of Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting topped with a Whopper displayed on a white cake stand.

I guess there are worse things I could be dreaming of.  But when you’re dreaming of taking a shower and instead of water coming through the shower head you’re dreaming of chocolate pouring through it’s time to hang up the apron and take a rest.  And that’s exactly what I did over the last few weeks, no baking, no whisking, no mixing and no beating.  And no chocolate.

A photo of three Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting displayed in a row on a white rectangular dish.

I took the time to catch up with the kids, family and friends.  It was to the point I was getting daily phone calls asking, “Are you done yet?”

A photo of five Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting and decorated with Whoppers.

I wish I could say all was complete with the book, but hopefully I’ll be able to report that very soon.  I’m also hoping things will quiet down a bit so I can get back on a normal schedule.  Even though I’ve been crazy busy I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.  It’s been so much fun and I am so excited for the release of my very own cookbook.

A photo of a bunch of Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting topped with Whoppers.

Another more immediate dream come true? – The welcome return of chocolate into my life.  I hope you’ll join me in this indulgence.

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Comments (54)

54 Responses to “Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting – I’m Back!”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    I’m so happy to see a new post from you, welcome back! Of course you returned with a phenomenal looking dessert:-)

  2. Carolyn Says:

    Oh, Grace, I am so glad to have you back and with what gorgeous treats! I can’t believe you let your household run out of chocolate…but you remedied that quickly.
    Don’t know if you saw, but I too have written (or rather, co-authored) a cookbook…all low carb and gluten free. It’s a lot of work and I didn’t do it all by myself like you did. Can’t wait to see your final copy!

  3. Grace Says:

    Carolyn I didn’t know that, probably a good thing I didn’t I would have been driving you crazy with questions. Could you please pass along the book title Carolyn I would love to purchase a copy. I can’t believe I missed that. Lately I’ve been wondering if gluten has been a factor in Liana’s migraines. Not sure if you know Sue from SU (purplegem) she’s sent me so many helpful sites. I have to start paying close attention to her diet. The migraines are so bad at times. I feel bad because she constantly has a headache some days worse than others.

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lauren – so good to be back. I’m setting some time aside every day to catch up on my favourite blogs, you’re on my list can’t wait to see what you’ve been making.

  5. Kathryn Says:

    So lovely to see you back and blogging, I’ve been wondering how you were getting on! These cupcakes look super delicious as well :)

  6. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    I’m so glad you and your gorgeous recipes are back. And did you ever return with gusto – these cupcakes are gorgeous!

  7. Connie Salemi Says:

    Great to have you back. The cupcakes look yummy! Can’t wait to try them

  8. Grace Says:

    Thanks Connie!

  9. Tina@flourtrader Says:

    I was just thinking about you, wondering if that book was totally eating up all your time! Glad to see that you are back with a much healthier computer and an awesome recipe. No chocolate in the house!?-that is almost criminal! You did the right thing to remedy that and quickly. I saved this recipe-simply delicious. Enticing pics too.

  10. Grace Says:

    Hi Dara – thanks so much. I can’t wait to stop by for a visit and catch up on everything I missed on your site. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of recipe saving. Hope you had a great summer.

  11. Grace Says:

    How are you Kathryn? I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer. I’m going to be making the rounds to everyone’s site to catch up on what I’ve missed. I’ve been going through withdrawal.

  12. brighteyedbaker Says:

    These cupcakes are absolutely beautiful. They look amazing. I love chocolate, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like for you to have no chocolate in your house! Way to go making these right away to get your chocolate fix :)

  13. Colleen Bierstine Says:

    Wow, these are beautiful. What lovely presentation! That chocolate mousse frosting sounds to DIE for!

  14. Jeanette Says:

    So glad to hear you’re well and that your recipes for your book are all done! Can’t wait to see your new cookbook.

  15. Marly Says:

    So glad you’re back!

  16. Christine Says:

    Welcome back! Beautiful cupcakes. Looks so good.

  17. Jessica @ How Sweet Says:

    Grace – these are stunning!! I would love to have them in my kitchen right now. :)

  18. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats Says:

    You certainly came back with a WOW post! Beautiful pictures!!!!

  19. Mi Vida en un Dulce Says:

    Nice to have you here again…and you come back reloaded!!! the cupcakes looks wonderful.
    Welcome back…!!!

  20. Loribeth Says:

    So glad you’re back!!!! Those cupcakes look delicious! Now I’m craving chocolate big time!!!

  21. Paula Says:

    Glad to see you again!!! And a really delicious recipe for the come-back!!

  22. Roxana GreenGirl Says:

    welcome back Grace! I can’t believe you’ve been without chocolate! That’s so hard to imagine looking at all your stunning chocolate treats!
    Congrats on finishing the book!

  23. Sandra's Easy Cooking Says:

    When one thing gets bed for me I usually have three things break at the same time:) I am glad to are getting back to normal..Congrats on getting your book almost finished, it is big step and so much work but it is all worth it!
    These cupcakes look wonderful, love the nice creamy frosting!

  24. Ali Says:

    The cupcake is so mouth watering!!! really love the photos. welcome back Grace

  25. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ali

  26. Grace Says:

    Isn’t that always the way Sandra. I couldn’t help but laugh, computer, phone, router, and the internet. I would get one thing fixed and then another would go. At least now everything is finally working properly and I should be good to go for a while (knocking on wood).

  27. Russell at Chasing Delicious Says:

    Wow these cupcakes look incredible! I am loving this recipe. Definitely adding it to my to-do list.

  28. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks Says:

    These cupcakes look amazing! What excellent presentation! I love coffee-and-chocolate combo!

  29. Grace Says:

    Thanks Melanie I love the combination too, I think the coffee helps to bring out the flavour of the chocolate and that in my book is always a good thing.

  30. Diane {Created by Diane} Says:

    OMG these look AMAZING!!!! LOVE these

  31. Chocolatehouse Says:

    oh lord, these seem way to tasty! I´m definitively gonna try these out my self! :)

  32. Paula Crofts Says:

    Hi Grace! Welcome back to the beautiful world of baking! I just got the new iPhone and I’m still trying to figure it out. Something about an iCloud and Suri and megapixels??…….
    I’m in town. I called Nancy and left a message with my ph number. ( I hope it was Nancy or else some woman is scratching her head, a tad confused). Hopefully we can get together. Beautiful looking cupcakes. Take some time to relax, enjoy, and smell the chocolate.

  33. SamCyn Says:

    Welcome back! The cupcakes look and sound really decadent! I’ll have to try them for sure ;-)

  34. lyly Says:

    Grace, Welcome back. I’m so glad to see your new posting. Beautiful cupcakes

  35. Grace Says:

    Hi Paula so glad I’m not alone. My great niece, Gabriela (my niece Daniela’s daughter) came by last night for Halloween, she’s 7 and she sat down and get me a tutorial, can you believe? Pretty scary she knew what every button did talk about feeling so inadequate haha. Wonderful to hear you’re in town. I just emailed Nancy to keep me up to date with getting together. She mentioned just connecting with Debbie and Debra, it will be wonderful if we can all get together.

  36. Erica Says:

    Welcome back :) Glad I kept checking back for a new posts! These look delicious. Congrats on the book and keep working hard!

  37. Lilly Says:

    Your cupcakes are beautiful! Each picture even prettier then the previous. You are just teasing all of us with cupcakes made from heaven aka your kitchen =)

  38. Sandra Says:

    Beautiful! Love all the chocolate and welcome back.

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  40. Grace Says:

    Thanks Sandra good to be back.

  41. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lilly, btw love your name! It’s my mom’s nickname for my daughter.

  42. Claire @ Gainesville Restaurants Says:

    Heavenly Grace! Tempting and luscious cupcakes, this is an overwhelming come-back recipe, well done!

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  45. Cindy B. Says:

    Welcome back! I so glad I found your site! Loving your blog

  46. Grace Says:

    Welcome Cindy and thank you!

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  49. Rissa Says:

    I bake a different cupcake for my boyfriend every weekend – and after having him request a chocolate mousse cupcake, I stumbled upon your recipe. I’m by no means a pastry chef (I actually went to an engineering school), but I really enjoy baking cupcakes and trying new techniques. I thought this one would be perfect for me to try!

    I had a ton of problems making this cupcake. Hear me out – it’s kind of funny. The sugar simple syrup recrystallized on me the first time I made it. The second time I did it, it turned into a sugar ball when I added it to the egg yolks. The third time I did it, it turned out perfect! Then the chocolate hardened when I added it to the sugar/yolk mixture :( I strained it through the sieve and the mousse turned out perfectly!

    I was making the batter without any hitches when I saw that it looked kind of runny… Apparently I couldn’t read tonight and added an entire cup plus 2 tablespoons of espresso. I was about to start over, but I figured I’d bake ONE cupcake to see if it would still turn out ok. Apparently if you add 3X as much espresso, the cupcake still turns out effing amazing :) So all in all, this cupcake made me feel like an idiot – but the final product was definitely one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  50. Grace Says:

    Rissa you had me laughing this morning! Sounds like some of my baking adventures. Don’t feel like an idiot, the sugar can be tricky because there’s not a lot of it and I’ve seized my chocolate on many occasions, good on you for saving it. Happy you didn’t give up and enjoyed them in the end.

  51. elle Says:

    What frosting tip is this?? Sooo pretty!

  52. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Elle, I used a Wilton 1M.

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