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Espresso Overload Cupcakes

Monday, 11 June 2012
I hadn't made any cupcakes for the Coffee, Set, Match Challenge run by Wimbledon sponsors Lavazza, this post rectifies that situation.  I need some lovely morsels to take along for a coffee morning.  My fellow caffeine addicts, who are also harassed Mums, needed something gorgeous that tasted delicious.  These cupcakes fit the bill perfectly and did indeed taste delicious,  they are packed with coffee flavour.  The recipe makes 16 cupcakes.

Espresso Overload Cupcakes 

250g softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large free range eggs
125ml freshly brewed espresso
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbslp ground coffee beans
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2/4 c toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Preheat your oven to 170C.  Line 16 muffin tin holes with paper cases.  Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  

Beat in the vanilla extract, espresso and ground coffee beans then gently fold in the flour, baking powder and hazelnuts.

Spoon into cupcake cases and bake in the preheated oven at 170C for about 20 minutes.  Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

When the cupcakes have cooled completely you can drizzle them with the hot syrup.

To make the syrup:

Heat together 180ml of strong espresso and 1/3 cup sugar until the sugar has dissolved and then simmer until it reaches a lovely thick and syrupy consistency.

Buttercream Icing:

Beat 150g softened butter with 1 tbsp espresso and enough icing sugar to get a spreadable consistency, I used about 2 cups.  Add 1 cup of icing sugar first then add the second cup gradually.

I managed to take a quick photo before the cupcakes disappeared into hungry Mums tums.

Remember: To be in with a chance to win one the fantastic Lavazza Wimbledon prizes look out for promotional cups on take away Lavazza coffees, or enter the fabulous giveaway online at http://promotion.wimbledon.lavazza.com/

Prizes include six pairs of tickets to Wimbledon, 90 Lavazza A Modo Mio Favola Plus Wimbledon Limited Edition coffee machines and 500 sets of four exclusive espresso cups created especially for the tournament.

1 comment:

  1. I love anything with a buttercream icing.....and coffee!!


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