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Espresso Cupcakes

*note the above pictures were from the first batch of espresso cupcakes which were nice but weaker in coffee flavour, i was still working on the recipe! here they are darker and stronger!

Espresso Cupcakes

makes 9-12 depending on the size of your cupcake cases


For the cupcakes

  • 110g / 4oz margarine or unsalted butter, softened
  • 110g / 4oz vanilla caster sugar
  • 2 medium size eggs
  • 2tbsp strong espresso coffee, brewed and then cooled
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • 110g / 4oz self raising flour

For the filling and topping

  • 150ml double/heavy cream, whipped to form stiff peeks add a tbsp icing sugar to sweeten or to taste
  • 100-150g your favourite type of chocolate, melted
  • Icing sugar for dusting, optional extra


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C/160C (fan). Line a bun tin with paper/foil cases. brew coffee and leave to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together your chosen fat and sugar until light, fluffy and creamy coloured. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and then slowly add them to the mixture in your larger bowl, whisk mixture continually to prevent it from splitting.
  3. Sift flour over the mixture and gently fold preferably using a large metal spoon, when the flour is nearly all incorporated add the espresso and fold until mixture is a even colour.
  4. Fill cupcake cases 2/3 full and bake for 15-20mins (mine were done at 18 minutes) they should be springy to touch and when you insert a cocktail stick in the center it comes out clean i.e. not sticky, a few crumbs are OK. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. When cool, slice a little circle out of the top of each cupcake. Fill with a generous teaspoon of sweetened whipped cream replace lids, melt chocolate and drizzle over lids, leave to set and then dust cupcakes with icing sugar, using a sieve and from a height.
*Feel free to sprinkle a touch of cinnamon and/or cocoa powder onto the whipped cream centers before replacing the cupcake lids.

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At 18 January 2013 at 18:02 , Blogger Aiza said...

Assalam o Alaikum!
You have to take my word on this that when I saw the first pic of this post, I immediately gasped. That pic has a cerain charm and has to be one of the best ones you have taken MashAllah (:
I also love love the way you decorated these. Please teach me too! (;
Love x

At 18 January 2013 at 18:47 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa alaykum Salam sis,

Aww your too kind mashaAllah and thank you!
In shaa Allah sis I will try my best to do a photo tutorial but really its quite simple, all you need is too cut a small circle out of the top, this will be the lid/top then using a teaspoon fill the hole with cream, replace the lid, its ok to be firm when doing this as you want the cream to come out and around the edges of the lid. Melt chocolate in a microwave and then again using your teaspoon quickly move over the cupcake in a zig zag motion and then pour a teaspoon over the lid to cover, this will also spill down the sides to give a nice effect.

Hope that sounded easy enough sis
Love Asmaa

At 18 January 2013 at 23:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mashallah, those look soo good!! I love coffee flavored sweets! Oh and yes, that first picture is really good!

At 19 January 2013 at 07:54 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks sis, you should give them a go sometime in shaa Allah

At 20 January 2013 at 19:46 , Blogger ThisGirlBlogs said...

These look awesome! :D Combining two of my faves - coffee and cupcakes - what's not to love about that, eh?
Really glad to have stumbled across your blog. I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time on here! :)


At 21 January 2013 at 09:05 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa alaykum Salam sister,

Thank you for your sweet comment masha'Allah hope to see you here again soon!

At 21 January 2013 at 11:06 , Blogger Karima said...

Espresso Cakes! I have never heard of these. I don't like espresso - would I still like these?

At 21 January 2013 at 11:08 , Blogger Unknown said...

In sha Allah sis, you can always reduce the coffee from 2tbsp to 1 if your not keen on a strong coffee flavour


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