Intense coffee cupcakes with a meringue frosting
Add the sugar and brown sugar and mix until well combined.
Dissolve instant coffee into hot brewed coffee to make the coffee super crazy strong.
Slowly add hot coffee to the batter and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
Combine the ingredients in the metal mixing bowl of your stand mixer and set over a pot filled with boiling water on a range, creating a double boiler.
Whisk by hand for a few minutes until the mixture reaches 110 F on a candy thermometer.
Place the bowl on a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 10 minutes.
Increase to high speed and whisk until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 to 10 minutes more.
Pipe a swirl of meringue on cooled cupcakes.
Using a culinary torch, toast the meringue.
Store at room temperature until ready to eat.
Tips: Because everyone's oven is just a bit different and your liners may be a slightly different size than mine, I highly recommend that if you have time, you bake a test cupcake before baking your whole batch of vanilla cupcakes. Read my FAQ on filling cupcake liners to learn how to do a test cupcake and why it's useful.