First of all, Martha- I appreciate you and all- but you are just evil sometimes. You want me to split a vanilla bean and simmer it in milk. What is so wrong with vanilla extract?? That step, yes I did it, was just a bit over the top for me this week.
Confession. I don't know how to make coffee. (I don't like coffee. Ironically, I often like light coffee flavors in desserts, but never as a beverage.) I called my husband for help. He wasn't available. I winged it. Turns out I make a sad weak cup of coffee.
The cupcake wasn't that exciting on it's own. My coffee syrup flavoring was tasteless and I didn't like the mascapone whip cream topping. I'm not sure what went wrong here. Perhaps it was the type of mascapone I purchased, but it was way too cheesy for the dessert. Mascapone is usually light. This still tasted a bit grassy. Grass and whip cream do not mix!
This one was a failure at our house.