Rich coffee cupcakes with an easy coffee buttercream, ideal for bake sales or simply treating yourself any day of the week. Coffee lovers will adore them!
This recipe for easy coffee cupcakes was passed down through the generations, such a lovely tradition.
When you read a recipe nowadays and it has measurements in ounces rather than grammes, I think you can always tell it must be a winner. It has clearly been kept noted down and passed on over the years through the family. This recipe is originally from Coriander Queen, and I am sharing it in tribute to Izzie.
As you can see, the cupcakes turn out really well, with a lovely colour from the coffee. I am very partial to a cup of coffee in the morning, but for some reason have never used coffee in a recipe before as the main flavour. This easy coffee cupcake recipe is the perfect place to start.
The cakes have just the right amount of coffee to add depth of flavour without being too bitter, which can be a problem with coffee cakes.
Coffee buttercream icing really sets these cupcakes off well, again it has just the right amount of coffee to add rich colour and flavour without being overpowering.
The coffee buttercream is easy to make using butter, icing sugar and a little instant coffee.
Remember to always beat the butter and icing sugar together until pale and fluffy when making buttercream icing for the best results. It is easiest to use a stand mixer or handheld mixer to do this, unless you are feeling particularly strong with a wooden spoon!
We enjoyed the cupcakes so much that I am now asked for them over and over.
They’re now a go-to recipe when I have to produce cakes for a bake sale at school or work.
More delicious baking recipes
Here are links to all the Coriander Queen recipes our blogging community is sharing in tribute;
- Chocolate orange oat bars on Veggie Desserts
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on Tin and Thyme
- Marmalade and ginger loaf cake on The Crafty Larder
- Ginger and oat cookies on Kavey Eats
- Treacle tart on Patisserie Makes Perfect
- Eggless chocolate chip cookies on Simply Sensational Food
- Fruit flapjacks on The Petite Cook
- Elderflower and vodka cocktail slush on The Hedgecombers
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Rich Coffee Cupcakes
- 113 g unsalted butter softened (4 oz)
- 170 g icing sugar (6 oz)
- 1 tbsp instant coffee heaped, dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and put paper cases in a muffin tin.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (I used a hand mixer).
- Add the eggs one by one, mixing after each addition, and then fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add the coffee and milk and mix gently.
- Spoon the mixture into the cases, ensuring they are no more than two thirds full.
- Bake for 14 to 18 minutes until golden.
- Put the cakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool.
- Make the icing by creaming together the softened butter and icing sugar until soft and fluffy and it has turned pale. Add the coffee and mix through well.
- Put the icing in a piping bag and pipe a swirl on top of each cake. If you have them, decorate with a chocolate coated coffee bean.
I am lucky enough to have a large circle of food blogging friends who chat online regularly and are always helping and supporting each other with tips and their experience from over the years.
Recently I heard that a member of our community had passed away at just 29 years old. Isabella King was the writer of Coriander Queen, a lovely blog full of delicious recipes with gorgeous photography.
While I had never met Izzie, I had chatted with her on social media and always found her so warm, friendly and open, as well as incredibly brave. As a community we decided to get together and do something in her memory, and each cook and share a recipe from her blog today at 11am.
When I chose a recipe to make I was struck by all the delicious baking recipes on Izzie’s blog, and I was particularly drawn to her rich coffee cupcakes you’ve seen here. I was always partial to a slice of the coffee cake that my mum used to make when I was a child.
Rest in peace, Isabella Coriander Queen, thank you for sharing your huge love of food with us.