Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cappuccino Cup-cakes

All around me I see coffee-lovers drinking multiple cups of coffee a day in this warm weather. Me personally, I get hot flashes just looking at a warm cup of coffee, but coffee-lovers seem not to mind. I started wondering, is there something to it? With the weekly poll coming to a tie between tropical cupcakes and cappuccino cupcakes, you’d expect I’d choose the first, but that would have been too predictable. Besides the summer isn’t going nowhere for now, so I’ll have plenty of time to make tropical cupcakes some time. The odd thing is, I normally do not like coffee, but in cakes and desserts, I love it! Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Cappuccino Cupcakes recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Ingredients for Cake:
- ¾ cup self-rising cake flour
- ½ cup soft unsalted butter
- 7 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 heaped tablespoon instant espresso
- 2-3 tablespoons milk

Ingredients for Icing:
- 5 ½ ounces white chocolate
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon sour cream (I substituted this with cream cheese)
- 1 ⅔ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- scant teaspoon cocoa powder

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Put all the cupcake ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blitz to combine. Pulse again, adding milk down the funnel to form a batter with a soft, dropping consistency. Spoon into the baking cups in their pan and put in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes. When ready, remove from the oven and leave in the pan to cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.
- When they’re completely cold, get on with the icing. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or double boiler, and after it’s cooled a little, stir in the sour cream. Gradually beat in the sifted confectioners’ sugar. And if the consistency isn’t right for icing, add either hot water to thin or more sifted sugar to thicken. Spread roughly and generously over the top of each cupcake, and then dust sparingly with cocoa, by pressing a little through ha tea strainer, so that they look like little cups of chocolate-dusted cappuccino.


The cake batter uses instant espresso for its coffee flavor.
Think of it as a blonde mocha cake with white chocolate frosting.


Mini cappuccino cup-cakes.


I’m marveled at the fact that I love them so much, since I don’t drink coffee.
I’ve always loved the smell of coffee beans and eating coffee-flavored desserts,
but actually drinking coffee … yuck!


Drinking eating my cappuccino!

21 comments:

Kristin said...

I want to come over and taste!!!! XO

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

oh wow!!! I love the cakes in the teacup, it just looks so unique and cute. Nigella wins again :)

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

also, did you bake the cupcake batter in the teacup? or put it in later?

Paris Pastry said...

@Brittany: I put the cake in later. I don't think these teacups will withstand the oven.

ABowlOfMush said...

Looks sooo delicious!
Well I would rather have this cappuccino cupcake than a coffee!

Debby said...

These are gorgeous ~ love them in teacups. I am going to try this when I have my girlfriends over for tea! I will take my coffee in whatever form I can get it! xo

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am with you about coffee. I love the smell, do not really care to drink it but love it in desserts. I love how you put the cake into the tea cups - too cute!

~ Tracy

I'maNolaGirl said...

These are adorable! And I love how your presented them in the cup!

Chele said...

Love how you have served these int he coffee cups - very stylish.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Adorable idea to bake these in teacups, Danielle! I am a coffee fiend. These look awesome.

BonjourRomance said...

I love your shots of the cupcake teacups. Such a great idea.
I can't seem to do the hot coffee right now in this heat either!
Hoe your week is off to a good start!
Mimi

Eliana said...

So love this. And what amazing presentation too.

Moon said...

Gosh, they look absolutely great!!!

Aspiring Kennedy said...

oh yes- these are completely adorable!! :) cute recipe- thanks for sharing with us!!

Lucie said...

Love how you baked some in the teacups!!! Soo cute!

Dani said...

very cute pics :)

La Lola said...

yay so glad it won! because now i get to see how you so adorably presented them and it gives me inspiration for the tea party i'm planning. LOVE this, thanks for sharing :)

Snooky doodle said...

oh i love a cappucino and a cupcake and these are both in one :) yum !

Sal said...

ok this is SO gonna be the next thing Im baking!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Oh we must be on the same wave length Danielle! I made hot chocolate cupcakes recently, I love the cappuccino idea too, must remember to give the recipe a try!

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

you need to go to pastry school...that is all I have to say!!