Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Coffee Cake Cupcakes
Coffee Cake Cupcakes
Wonderfully rich coffee cake cupcakes topped with a coffee flavoured frosting.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 9

As a lot of what I bake goes to work, this weekend I decided to bake something for the family. I asked my husband what he would like and he asked for Coffee cake.

My mum makes a good coffee cake, although I managed a pretty good one too last year! So this time I decided to try it as cupcakes.

Recently, my sister said I never seemed to like my own cupcakes. It’s true that I’m pretty critical, but I will say if I like what I try. And yesterday, I definitely liked what I tried!

And don’t worry if you don’t have any espresso – I actually just used Kenco Millicano.


Recipe from The Boy and Me.

Ingredients for the Coffee Cake:

  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 120g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tbsp vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 shot of espresso (30ml although I accidentally used 60ml)
  • 1tsp espresso/coffee powder


  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  • Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract
  • Sift the flour in with and mix thoroughly
  • Stir through the vanilla yoghurt and espresso shot gently
  • Fold in the coffee powder
  • Divide into cake cases and cook in a preheated oven (200°C/Gas Mask 6) for 12-15 minutes


Ingredients for the Coffee Flavoured Frosting:

  • 140g butter – softened
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1tsp espresso powder
  • chocolate spread


  • Smear chocolate spread around the edges of a piping bag
  • Mix together the butter and icing sugar
  • Add the milk and espresso powder and beat until light and fluffy
  • Spoon into the chocolate coated piping bag

Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes using a large star nozzle. The chocolate spread will come out with the frosting giving it a great two tone effect.


I topped mine with what I thought were chocolate coated coffee beans. Turns out they were just coffee flavoured chocolate beans but they worked well either way!

These cupcakes were a definite hit in this house. And as the rain has finally stopped, we have just enjoyed them with a cup of coffee in the sunshine.


Have a great weekend,

Rachel x

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3 Responses to “Coffee Cake Cupcakes”

  1. B February 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    I love coffee and these look great! I’ll have to try out this recipe soon. :)

  2. Annie May 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I love your blog, all of your baked goods look delicious. I also love looking at your photos because you have the same china pattern as my mom and that I grew up with – never seen someone else with it, reminds me of home!

    • rachel May 7, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Thank you! I have a bit of a thing for china – I have a whole cupboard of it!

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