Espresso Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

It’s hot today, very strange kind of summer we are having here.  
The oven is on so it makes everything feel hot, I am making vegan gingerbread for my nephews birthday and need to get the cake-drawn out so I know what I am doing, it will involve dinosaurs and I am a little bit nervous…

For now, I have a cupcake recipe to share which my lovely taste tester critiqued and said that she would have loved a bit more coffee in there. My Chef boy says it’s enough for him so you decide if you need to add more.
Espresso Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 16
  • 115g butter, room temperature
  • 115g raw sugar
  • 115g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 125g self raising flour, sifted
  • 125 plain flour, sifted
  • 125ml milk, room temperature
  • splash of vanilla
  • ¼ cup of brewed strong espresso
  1. preheat oven to 180 C/160 C fan, line cupcake trays with papers
  2. beat butter and sugars until mixture is pale and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  3. sift flours together in a separate bowl, add espresso and vanilla to milk
  4. add flour to butter mixture in 3 batches alternating with the milk and ending with flour until all added and mixed well
  5. spoon into cupcake papers
  6. bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden
  7. test with a skewer, it should come out clean
  8. remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack
Chocolate Butter Cream Icing

150g butter, room temperature
120g icing sugar
60ml milk, room temperature
60g cocoa
a few tablespoons of golden syrup

add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fluffy, add more icing sugar if needed


Happy Friday friends, are you up to anything exciting?
Hope you are enjoying all sorts of fabulousness.
Many hugs ♥
  • Oh, you've done it again! Lovely x

  • I almost fell off my chair, they look so delish! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mmmmm that's my cue to make myself a cuppa and grab another yummy cupcake
    I probably should mention that I am a coffee addict ha ha!

  • Yummo! I love how you don't scrimp on the icing…that's the best bit!! Good luck with the dinosaur cake 🙂 x

  • I'm in love – with the cupcakes too;)
    I'm definitely give this one a try.

  • You are brave having the oven on today! The cupcakes do look worth it though…

  • Can't wait to try this one Cathie. I'm liking coffee more and more these days!xx

  • Oh my……..think I'm in love 🙂

  • Are computers drool proof, because I am drooling over that cupcake ! And will attempt to make them my mum's party in March. It is HOT isn't it ???
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovely Cathie, Dee xx

  • Hi Cathie,

    Good luck with the ginger bread thats one i love. I dont drink tea or coffee i know i must be mad ;-)) But those cup cakes do look yummy. Have a great weekend. Dee x

  • Mmmm they look and sound so yummy. Have a wonderful weekend lovely. xo

  • oooooh yes please!!!!

  • Oh yum, just the mention of gingerbread is making get up right when I've finished typing to make some. Yum. And lovely looking cupcakes too, but it's ginger bread I want now!

  • I was grabbed immediately by the tittle of your lovely post, my friend. Ginger bread baking, how did it turn out? It sounds oh so yummy.
    I'll have a full house this afternoon with little ones running around and making boats by covering the table with all sorts of blankets. School friends are coming over… perhaps I should do some baking too…
    Love for the weekend, sweet Cathie, I'm sending a cool breeze your way >>>>> * * * * * * * …….. and some kisses too >>>>> xxxx

  • They look delish!

  • well if it wasn't so bloody hot I would be inspired to turn the oven on.

  • I can't comment properly as I am too busy using a tissue to wipe my mouth. Thanks so much for the recipe x

  • They do look yummy Cathie. I need to make a cake for my little one's 2nd birthday tomorrow. I don't think I'll spike it with coffee though! I'm thinking chocolate and cherries. I might just scan your blog (talk about last minute!)
    Have a lovely weekend xx

  • Cathie, dear, I must confess I am completely in love with your hands…oh, I am!! I always come back home with my mouth watering after visiting you…God bless your talent!

    Much love to YOU and your sweet family!! Bela

  • Okay, these look amazing, Cathie! It's freezing cold and snowing like the dickens here, and I could really use one of these cupcakes to go with my tea. Now I'm off to check out the vegan gingerbread recipe, too! xo Gigi

  • Yummmy bites sweet friend…you keep me smiling…everytime I visit I leave happy! Friday hugs…xoxox

  • Mmm they sound so good. Now I'm in the mood to back some cupcakes!

  • These look absolutely yummy to me – with espresso, hmmmm! So strange to think that it's hot where you live. Here, it's freezing cold and i would love to sneak over to have coffee with you 😉

  • you are making me crave these & it's only 8.35am!! haha!! might have to whip up a batch for morning tea. Thanks Cathie for all your fabulousness XO

  • OOOooo Cathie – love anything coffee, so will be trying these! Go well with the dinosaur cake. happy Saturday.

  • ohh yes, my hubby will love these!

  • oooo, you put goldern syrup in your choc butter cream – how delish (never tried this!).
    They look divine btw!! How did they taste??

  • i am looking for a good chocolatey cupcake recipe that will feed 35 little mouths and can be transported easily after being frosted. i am going to have a hunt around your blog.

  • Now you know I have been looking at a lot of cupcakes lately 🙂 This is torure 🙂 the good kind 🙂 This looks like a super yummy recipe!!! That frosting is calling my name!!! 🙂

  • as yummy as these looks I will be content to just look at your pretty pictures!

  • YUM, Ive made expresso cupcakies before (from Nigella – Domestic Goddess, did you get your recipe from there too?) but I love the way your icing is so swirly!!! Do I vaguely recall you instructing how to do that a while ago? If not, what is the secret, I cant remember and my icing looks so dull in comparison!!

  • They look so great, I agree your swirly icing is really exceptionally fabulous Cathie!
    Hope the dinausorus turn out how you wanted 🙂 Bon Dimanche lovely XX

  • Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could polish off about 20 of them in a row!

  • I'm definitely going to try this!! Printing the recipe now. 🙂

  • i love the little dino prints….looks amazing! x

  • i so want to try these. yummy!

  • I made a batch and they were delicious. I am not a coffee drinker and I loved them, hubby is a bit coffee drinker and he also loved them. Mine were no where near a pretty as yours though!! 🙂