Espresso Cupcake Recipe

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just the smell of a coffee shop is enchanting to me. I know that sounds daft, but there is a lot that goes into the art of making coffee. When I worked in a coffee shop I absolutely loved the smell of the coffee beans, the many different intricacies of making a great coffee and the artistic skill required for latte art. You can see why J.K. Rowling and many other writers and creators alike chose the humble coffee shop to be their hub of creativity. But I'm going off on a tangent...

Even though I no longer work in a coffee shop, I still love coffee. Don't get me wrong, I will almost always pick a cuppa tea over a coffee at home, but out and about you can't beat a well made latte. Alongside this I love absolutely everything coffee flavoured; icecream, tiramisu, cake, you name it. So I decided last night on a whim to rustle up some cocoa and espresso cupcakes to indulge in while I study and thought you guys might like to know the recipe*! This recipe makes 12 good sized cupcakes and takes about 1 hour including preparation, decoration and cooking time.

For the cakes you will need:
- 140g of golden caster sugar
- 140g soft butter
- 3 large eggs
- 140g self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp Nescafe Azera coffee
- 1/2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing you will need:
- 200g soft butter
- 200g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp Nescafe Azera coffee
- 1/2 tbsp cold water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 50g milk chocolate


1) Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
2) Line your cupcake tin with cute little cupcake cases

For the cakes:
3) Beat the sugar and butter together with electric beaters if you have them until it is light and creamy. Then add the eggs one at a time. Once mixed, add the flour in one tablespoonful at a time - make sure the flour doesn't go everywhere! Then add your vanilla. Then in a small bowl mix together your coffee and water then pour into your cake mixture and beat together.
4) Obviously, have a little taste because cake batter is always better than the cake.
5) Spoon your mixture evenly into your cake cases and bake in the oven for 24 minutes. Take them out and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the icing:
6) Gradually beat the icing sugar into the butter followed by the same espresso mixture and vanilla essence.
7) Then melt your chocolate and mix that in - this will give your icing a really glossy texture.
8) When your cakes are cool, pipe or spread the icing on top and then dust them with some icing sugar (I accidentally drowned mine in it).
9) Sit back with a cuppa and enjoy!

Please let me know if you try to make these and Instagram or Tweet me @laurakathren!

(*This recipe was found online but adapted to include some extra ingredients and my own wee tips and tricks which I discovered while making them.)

Is coffee your thing? What are your favourite coffee flavoured recipes? I'd love to try some!
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  1. These look fabulous - I love coffee flavoured things! I'll be saving this recipe for when the inevitable cocoa and coffee cake craving hits...
    Jennifer x
    Ginevella | Lifestyle Blog

    1. Yey thank you - a fellow coffee flavour lover! Ah that's so nice to hear :) Let me know if you do make them! x

  2. These look delish! Definitely want to give these a try

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

    1. Mmmm they are but there are now not very many left in my kitchen haha... So moreish. Thank you for the comment! Let me know if you make them :)

  3. Wow! Great photos! These look incredible and so professional :)

    Emma xx

    1. Thank you that's such a lovely compliment! I always think my photos aren't quite up to par with other blogs so thank you so much for saying that. x

  4. These. Look. Outstanding! I'm SUCH a coffeshop girl're right - it just has a certain unbeatable charm to it!

    1. Hey Erica! Ah - thank you so much that's so nice of you! Haha great to find another coffee shop lover :) x

  5. These look so good! I recently made vanilla cupcakes but could not get my icing to look like yours! Way too thin for piping. I will have to give it another go!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte


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