Thursday, August 4, 2011

Espresso Cupcakes: Beware this cake is not for kids!!

I believe that cupcake is one of the greatest things in the baking world, small but full of all thing that we love, the cup of happiness ^^.

You can agree or disagree with me, but I know that you always smile when seeing cupcake too.
There can be many kinds, many flavors, and one of a fun part is decoration well, I'm not good at it, but it's fun to do anyway. This time my cupcake is not for a child, hehe, it's full  of coffee flavor like a little cup of "Espresso".
Coffee is my Mom's favorite flavor, every time that I show her the baking book and ask her which one that she wants me to make, coffee some thing is always the answer. I think that I will stop asking her ^^, and choose the coffee flavor one instead, haha.
This cupcake is very easy to make, you start by beating all the dry ingredients with the butter, with this method the flour will be covered with the fat (butter) and make the texture of the cake soft and crumbly. 
After that you will add the liquid ingredients, and beat until smooth, with a bit of beating, you build a structure of the cake without making it tough.
I suggest using the French buttercream as a base for coffee butter, but you can choose other kind of butter cream that you like (or love), because this cake will be happy with it anyway ^^.



Espresso Cupcakes
Makes8-9 cupcakes

For the cupcake
60ml ...................... Milk
60ml ...................... Crème Fraîche
10g ........................ Instant coffee granules
40g ........................ Unsalted butter, softened
70g ........................ Sugar
70g ........................ Brown sugar
120g ...................... All purpose flour
1½tsp ................... Baking powder
⅛tsp ..................... Salt
1 ............................. Egg
Coffee buttercream 
................................ Half recipe of French buttercream
1½ tsp .................. Instant coffee granules
1½ tsp .................. Boiling water
1½ tsp .................. Golden syrup
1tsp ....................... Kahlúa 
................................ Chocolate covered coffee bean (optional)



Preheat the oven to 190°C
Line 8-9 standard muffin tins with muffin case.



Warm milk until hot and mix in the instant coffee granules, stir to combine, let it cool before mix in the Crème Fraîche, and egg, stir to combine.
Beat together sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt and baking powder together until resemble breadcrumbs.
Pour the coffee mixture into the flour mixture 1/3 at a time, continue beating at low speed until you get smooth batter.
Scoop the batter into the prepared tins by two-thirds.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and springy to the touch.
Let them cool on a wire rack before adding the frosting.


Make the French buttercream and add the rest of the ingredients, beat until smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and decorate as you wish.


Espresso Cupcakes: Beware this cake is not for kids!!

9 comments:

Swee San @ TheSweetSpot said...

mmm kahlua, definitely not for kids :P

NEL, the batter baker said...

I can almost smell the aroma through my computer screen.... lovely cupcakes!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Lovely cuppies

Jen said...

Looks delicious ^^ I'll know what to use creme fraiche for next time!

Dee said...

All your cakes and cupcakes look so yummilicious. May I ask what is your favourite buttercream (swiss Meringue, french, italian or the classic butter with icing sugar)

I just moved to S'pore from London. I find the icing sugar here has lots more corn flour in it compared to the one sold in UK. The buttercream ( butter and icing sugar)I made here in S'pore tasted awful..I could taste the corn flour. Is it the same as in Thailand?

Elin said...

This is definitely every adult's cake...with kahlua in it..it must be lovely :) I can imagine how good this....slurp slurp slurp. Thanks for sharing with us...the step by step picture helps a lot :)

dailydelicious said...

Hi, Swee san
Yes, this one is for us.^^

Hi, Nel
Thank you

Hi, Amelia
Thank you

Hi Jen
Thank you

Hi, Dee
My favorite is Italian meringue buttercream ^^, it's good for decorating and has great flavor too. French buttercream is delicious but it's too rich to a lot of it.
In Thailand, there are many kind of buttercream but most of them contain a lot of shortening, that make me sick when eating it.

Hi, Elin
You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Hi daily delicious,

What can I do to subsitute the 60ml Crème Fraîche?
Will it taste big different if being replaced??

Zoeann

dailydelicious said...

You can use sour cream or yogurt, the texture will be less moist, but the taste is OK.

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