Coffee Cupcakes have a delicious coffee-flavored batter that’s baked to perfection and topped with a light and airy coffee buttercream. These cupcakes are simple to make and the perfect dessert for coffee fans.
You can have your coffee and eat it too with these delicious coffee-flavored cupcakes. They’re easy-to-make using staple pantry ingredients with the exception of espresso powder that is easily found at your local supermarket. This batter comes together quickly and transforms into delicious cupcakes topped with a simple, fluffy coffee buttercream.
Why this recipe works
- A coffee lover’s dream.
- It’s a light and tender cupcake.
- Topped with creamy and airy coffee buttercream.
- A simple made from scratch recipe.
Before you begin
Take out the following baking equipment.
Digital kitchen scale
2 medium bowls
3 small bowls
Stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
1 silicone spatula
Large star pastry tip
Allow all the ingredients to come to room temperature.
Read the recipe through from start to finish.
Espresso powder is an intensely dark and concentrated instant coffee. Often, a little bit is added to chocolate cakes to intensify the chocolate flavor. However, in this recipe, the espresso powder is used in a larger quantity to provide a delicious coffee flavor.
Sour cream plays several essential roles in these cupcakes. It adds moisture, the acidity and tanginess add a more complex flavor to the batter, and the extra fat adds another layer of richness. You can substitute 60 g (1/4 cup) of the whole milk with an additional 60 g (1/4 cup) of sour cream for an even richer flavor.
How to make the cupcake batter
Whisk the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar. Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until combined. Stop the mixer between each addition and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix well.
Add the sour cream. Mix in the sour cream until combined.
Alternate dry ingredients and milk. Reduce the mixer to low speed. In three parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Bake. Fill each cupcake 2/3 full with batter and bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
How to bake the best cupcakes
Sometimes our cupcakes don’t always turn out the way we hoped. Here are some tips you can follow to make the best cupcakes possible.
Use room temperature ingredients. Take the extra time to allow all of your ingredients to come to room temperature to incorporate evenly. Otherwise, using cold ingredients can result in clumps in your batter. Also, uneven mixing can result in dense cupcakes.
Don’t overmix the batter. Mix your batter until the ingredients are just incorporated; otherwise, overmixing will crush the air bubbles that help create light and fluffy cupcakes.
Use a scoop to fill your cupcake liners. To ensure even batter distribution and uniform baking time, use a scoop for filling your cupcake liners. Even a couple of tablespoons difference can result in over or underbaked cupcakes.
Pre-heat the oven. Not only should you pre-heat your oven, but you should give it enough time to heat. Depending on the oven, it can easily take 20 minutes to pre-heat. It’s best to keep an oven thermometer in the oven to double-check the oven temperature before baking. It’s also a good way to ensure your oven is calibrated correctly.
Frost the entire cupcake. Covering the entire exposed surface of cupcakes will create a light seal to retain their moisture. Doing this will help prevent the cupcakes from drying out too quickly.
How to freeze coffee cupcakes
Cupcakes are best eaten when freshly baked. However, you can easily freeze these cupcakes if you have leftovers or would like to prep them in advance. I suggest freezing the cupcakes unfrosted and adding the frosting just before serving. Individually wrap the cupcakes tightly with plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe air-tight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
If freezing frosted cupcakes, place on a baking sheet pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the frosting has hardened. Then proceed to individually wrap and freeze as described above for unfrosted cupcakes.
Tips and takeaways
- Do not fill your cupcakes more than 2/3 full otherwise, you run the risk of the cupcakes spilling over or sinking.
- For the most accurate measurement, it’s best to measure the flour using a digital kitchen scale. If you do not have a scale, then spoon and level the flour in a measuring cup.
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