Coffee Cupcakes



Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream.

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Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream

Of all the cupcake recipes I’ve shared on here (and there have been quite a few now!) this one has probably taken the longest to perfect. I had a very similar problem with this coffee sponge to the one I experienced with my chocolate cake, in that actually when you eat a lot of coffee cakes (and chocolate cakes), pretty much all the coffee flavour is coming from the buttercream and there’s very little coming through from the actual cake.

This was easily solved for the chocolate cake by simply mixing lots of grated chocolate into the cake batter which meant that you got a taste of chocolate in each bite, but you can’t use coffee in the same way so it needed lots more trial and error to get the flavour really coming though.

Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream

In the end I discovered…

  • It’s really important not to over-bake these as that really kills the flavour.
  • Use powdered coffee rather than freshly brewed (or grind up coffee granules using a pestle and mortar or spice grinder) to get a strong flavour whilst keeping the texture of the cake just right.
  • Adding a little salt allows you to up the amount of coffee included (so giving a stronger flavour) without the cake getting bitter.
  • Switching out the caster sugar in favour of light brown sugar also helps to bring out the coffee flavour. Brown sugar has a hint of caramel and caramel and coffee are match made in heaven.

Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream

Coffee Cupcakes

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 10g (2 tbsp) coffee powder (or instant coffee granules ground in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar).
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 165g soft light brown sugar
  • 165g soft margarine (or butter)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1½ tsp milk
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 12 cupcake cases

These cupcakes are topped with coffee buttercream or if you prefer a different flavour then take a look at my cupcake index where you’ll find a selection of different ones to try.

Method

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  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.
  2. Place your cupcake cases into a muffin tin.
  3. Sift the self-raising flour (150g), coffee powder (10g) into a large bowl and salt (⅛ tsp). Add the remaining ingredients (3 medium eggs, 165g soft margarine, 165g soft light brown sugar and 1½ tsp milk) and mix until fully combined (either by hand or using an electric mixer on a low speed).
  4. Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases (I use a cupcake scoop to help split it evenly).
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool in their tins for about 10 minutes and then move them to a wire rack to cool fully before decorating.

Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream

Nutritional Information

Calories: 205 kcal (10%), Fat: 11.1g (16%), Saturated Fat: 2.9g (15%), Carbohydrates: 22.5g (9%), Sugar: 14.0g (16%), Fibre: 0.4g (2%), Protein: 3.0g (6%), Salt: 0.4g (7%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per cake. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Corn-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are easily available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Delicious coffee cupcakes that are easy to make and packed full of coffee flavour. Perfect topped with coffee buttercream

10 Comments:

  1. These look absolutely heavenly!

  2. I made Coffee flavoured Viennese Whirls this week for my blog. Your right though Charlotte the main coffee flavour from buttercream. Next time I am using some brown sugar to see if it enhances the coffee flavour in the cookie itself. Love your ideas Charlotte and I miss your monthly roundups. Do you still have them available to read anywhere?

    • Charlotte Oates

      I find switching from white to brown sugar can make quite a difference to the texture of biscuits so I’d be interested to know how it goes, let me know.

      I decided to stop writing my monthly reports at the start of this year, if you have a read of my December 2016 I’ve explained a bit more there. You can still see all of my old reports here and if you’ve ever got any questions then drop me a quick comment or email and I’d be more than happy to try and help. Apologies for the lack of images in the index at the moment, I’m right in the middle of trying to fix it.

  3. hi. can i substitute the self-raising flour with all-purpose flour?

    • Charlotte Oates

      As far as I know all-purpose flour is the equivalent to plain flour in the UK, self-raising then has additional raising agents added. If you want to use all-purpose flour then you’ll need to add some baking powder. Nigella suggests adding 2tsp of baking powder for 150g of flour.

  4. Hi, Charlotte! Great coffee cupcake recipe. I agree they are hard to perfect and that you can’t use coffee grinds (unfortunately). But I’ve found using liquid coffee extract works pretty well.

  5. Will this recipe be enough to do a cake too?

  6. I have just made these as per the recipe & they turned out horrible. They did not rise, were very dense & inedible. They were definitely not like the picture above. I’m not sure if I have made a mistake or if the recipe measurements are way off. Won’t be making these again.

    • I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve made them quite a few times using these quantities so I’m not too sure what could have gone wrong.

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