Espresso Cupcakes & Cappuccino Frosting

I am a big fan of coffee flavours, but not actually of the hot drink. I adore coffee ice-cream, frappuccinos and flavoured chocolates but have a real aversion to it as a warm liquid. However, there is always room for coffee cake!

Espresso Cupcakes with Cappuccino Frosting

Espresso Cupcakes with Cappuccino Frosting

  • Makes: 12
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes & 10 minutes for frosting
  • Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


  • Cakes:
    • 4oz/120g self-raising flour
    • 4oz/120g caster sugar
    • 4oz/120g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 1tbsp vanilla yoghurt
    • 1 shot of espresso
    • 1tsp espresso/coffee powder
  • buttercream:
    • 5oz/140g butter, softened
    • 10oz/280g icing sugar
    • 1-2 tbsp milk
    • 1tsp espresso powder
    • chocolate spread
    • cappuccino cream wafer rolls
  1. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract, add a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle.
  3. Sift the flour in with and mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir through the vanilla yoghurt and espresso shot gently.
  5. Fold in the coffee powder.
  6. Divide into cake cases and cook in a preheated oven (200ยฐC/Gas Mask 6) for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Mix the buttercream, but before transferring to a piping bag with a star nozzle, smear chocolate spread around the outside of the bag. When the buttercream is piped, there will be a gentle hint of chocolate in the topping.
  9. Break a section of cappuccino cream wafer roll and place on the top of the buttercream.

Espresso Cupcakes with Cappuccino Frosting

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  1. says

    Strangely, I am the other way. Love coffee, hate coffee flavoured cake…as you may have seen I substituted tea for the coffee in my load cake! But if I did like them, would be tempted….they do look yummy!

  2. says

    Mmmmm that does sound good. I too am not a huge fan of liquid coffee but have always loved a coffee cake – my mum's was always a favourite. These look good and loving your photos too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. says

    I'm actually a bit floored by how incredible these look. Honestly, they're beautiful and your photo styling is perfect *applauds* Pinned. Thanks very much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. There's a new linky live now – would be brilliant to see you there again! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. Candy says

    These look wonderful and I can't wait to try this recipe! I do have one question, however, about the instructions for the frosting. It says to smear chocolate spread on the outside of the pastry bag?? Is it meant to say, "the inside of the bag"?

    Thanks so much!


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