I am a baking addict and love a challenge. My most recent mission is to recreate my favorite Starbucks beverages as cupcakes. So far I have successfully replicated the Cafe Latte and Caramel Latte. I combined some of my favorite recipes to reach the perfect espresso and caramel frostings. The cake has a great coffee flavor and just the right amount of sweetness but it is not as moist as I'd like. I am using the creaming method using 1/2 cup vegetable shortening and 1 cup buttermilk to 2 1/4 cup flour. I did not want them to be too sweet so I am only using 1 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown. I am using 3 whole eggs. Based on these components, what would you suggest? This last time I whipped up a bunch I added 1/4 cup veg oil and lowered the temp to 345. Should I try butter? Use all oil? Omit 2 egg whites and add another yolk?
Like I said they are pretty darn good but I am a bit of a perfectionist and cupcake snob and want to reach perfection! Below is a pic of my "Caramel Latte".