Monday, 3 August 2009

Coffee Cupcakes

This is my daughter's favourite cake in the whole world. When the weather is miserable, as it is today we make cake and these are her first choice each and every time.

I should start off by explaining that I recently realised that in the US a coffee cake is a cake eaten with coffee and that it could be a plain sponge cake, a flavoured cake such as cinnamon flop or even something like crumb cake whereas here in the UK a coffee cake is a cake flavoured with coffee traditionally a sandwich cake with coffee flavoured butter cream and topped with chocolate vermicelli.

These cupcakes are a variation of that recipe

Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and gather your ingredients;

Start off with a two egg simple sponge recipe, weigh the eggs and add the same weight of sugar, butter and self raising flour. Add to that 1 tbls espresso or any strong coffee and 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Put all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and beat for a few minutes until pale and fluffy.

Line a muffin tin and divide the batter between 12 liners then bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes.

Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before frosting.

Place 3 oz butter and 6 oz icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until creamy, add to that 1 tsp strong coffee and beat again until well combined.

Top the cupcakes with the frosting in which ever way you find easiest. I tend to put it in a bag and pipe it on, or if you prefer you can spoon it on or turn the cupcakes upside down and dip them in the frosting.

I topped these cupcakes with chocolate curls instead of the chocolate vermicelli because I just like the look of the little curls on top.

And this would be a 4 year old sized bite, rather than a mummy sized bite.


  1. Love the chocolate curls on top! :)

  2. I've bookmarked this recipe. I'd rather have a coffee-flavored cake than a coffee cake anytime!

  3. I'll be making these very soon :-)

  4. Hi Leanne

    Could the chocolate cupcakes be made with the all-in-one mixing method like the lemony delight fairy cakes and the coffee cupcakes? I've made the lemony delight fairy cakes and they were delicious as well as very EASY!

  5. Hi, sorry normally I would have answered a bit quicker than this, but I wanted to have a go and make sure they worked. The short answer is, yes you can make the chocolate cupcakes with the all in one method, though as with most all in one recipes you will lose a bit of the lightness, but they are still very good. I put the butter in the mixer first and let it whizz away for a few seconds while I sorted out the rest of the ingredients just to let it really soften and then I just dumped everything else in with it and it worked fine.

    The only downside was that I had far too much free time on my hands and of course, I spent the time eating them:)

  6. Thanks for your answer Leanne. I must admit I find butter doesn't always blend in too well if it isn't very soft so I tend to put it in the microwave just for a few seconds to soften it. It doesn't seem to make any difference to the finished cakes. Have you ever done this?

  7. I haven't tried it recently. My very old microwave was a bit pants and it did very strange things to food, but I have a nice new one so I'll have to give it a go. I'm awful at remembering to take things out of the fridge before I need them.


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