Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)

Get your caffeine fix in the morning with these coffee cupcakes. If you prefer a single-layer cake to cupcakes, use a 9-inch square baking pan or round cake pan. Bake the cake at 350º for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cupcakes, combine 2 tablespoons boiling water and 4 teaspoons espresso, stirring until espresso dissolves. Stir in buttermilk.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk.

Step 4

Place 3/4 cup granulated sugar, butter, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Step 5

Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.

Step 6

To prepare syrup, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons espresso, corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes. Pierce the cupcake tops several times with a wooden skewer. Brush espresso syrup evenly over the cupcakes. Cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ratings & Reviews

rstarrlemaitre's Review

January 09, 2011
I agree the glaze was a bit messy, but these were fabulous! Where the glaze soaked in, the top of the cupcakes became almost like the liqueur-soaked ladyfingers of tiramisu. Perfect in the morning for a caffeine jolt, and yes a little bit more like a muffin than a cupcake.

Jocilyn's Review

July 05, 2010
the glaze was messy, but otherwise good.

kmiller75's Review

September 05, 2009
Really good, but more like muffins than cupcakes.

crangelalight's Review

January 18, 2009
These cupcakes are perfect when prepared as directed. Always a hit at parties!