When I decided to travel down the from scratch road, I realized I needed a recipe. So I did some searching and I eventually decided on this recipe.
I first began by sifting and mixing the dry ingredients together. Then I added the milk and eggs. At this stage the recipe also says to add a 1/2 cup of oil. I chose to go the slightly healthier route and instead added an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce and then mixed well.
Finally I added the hot coffee.
At that time I was also supposed to add the vanilla, but I admittedly forgot. Whoops! Luckily the end results didn't suffer.
Once the coffee was added, the batter was especially thin, so I ended up using a ladle to get the batter into each cupcake cup. I then baked the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
Once cooled, I filled each cupcake with butter cream and then top each with more butter cream. I would share that recipe, but it's a family secret. :)
Note: I've made this recipe since and have had success upping the cocoa powder to 3/4 cup and allowing the coffee to cool slightly before adding it to everything. It has made for a really rich and deep flavored chocolate cupcake.