Saturday, July 02, 2005

Coffee Cupcakes with Espresso Syrup

Coffee Cupcakes with Espresso Syrup (Adapted from CL)

Cupcake batter

2 tablespoons boiling water
4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/3 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
10 chocolate covered espresso beans


1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners' sugar to dust

Preheat oven to 350

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons boiling water and 4 teaspoons espresso, stirring until espresso dissolves. Stir in buttermilk.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, butter, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Press one chocolate covered espresso bean in the center of each cupcake. Use a toothpick to press the bean down into the middle of the batter.

Spoon batter into 10 cups of a 12 cup muffin tin lightly coated with cooking spray. Fill the remaining 2 cups halfway with water. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack and then remove cupcakes.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons espresso, brown rice syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 3-5 minutes. Using a toothpick, pierce the cupcake tops several times. Brush espresso syrup evenly over each cupcake. Cool completely on wire rack. Sift confectioners' sugar over the top before serving.

Makes 10


  1. Hello there, incidentally I prepared some capuccino cupcakes today. I had a friend over for lunch and she came round with a bag full of baking ingredients plus a recipe taken out of the Nigela book 'The Baking Goddess'or something like that. It was great. I will publish it tomorrow. I love your recipe. Being a great coffee lover I HAVE to give this recipe a go (any excuse is good enough for me!!)

  2. Valentina - I'll be watching for the recipe!