One of my all time favourite cup cake recipes is this one my friend Alice Macdonald from Wallabadah cooks. Alice has saved this recipe from a very old Women's Weekly cookbook and it's a winner. I have to admit, the image featured here showing the iced cupcakes isn't my photo. My piping efforts looked nowhere near as neat as these. Alice has always been a wonderful cook, having some experience with catering as well. These little cakes are light and fluffy and if you're a coffee lover, perfect with your hot drink. If coffee isn't your thing, just disregard the coffee from the recipe. These won't last long so enjoy!
- 3 tbsp instant coffee granules
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 125 grams butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup custard powder
- 1/2 cup milk
Ingredients Butter Cream
- 30 g softened butter
- 1 tbsp boiling water
- 1 teaspoon dry instant coffee granules
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup icing sugar
- Grease a patty cake pan. Or grease/ line with baking paper a 20cm ring cake tin if you would prefer to make a whole cake
- Dissolve coffee in water, combine in large bowl with butter, essence, sugar, eggs, sifted flour, custard powder and milk.
- Beat on low speed in electric mixer until ingredients are mixed, about three minutes or until mixture is smooth and changed in colour.
- Spread mixture into prepared patty pans/cupcake liners or cake tin. Bake patty cakes 12-15 minutes in a 180 degree oven or 40 minutes if you are making a whole cake.
- Remove cake from oven and place it on wire racks to cool.
- Makes 12 patty cakes or one 20cm cake.
- Melt butter in saucepan on low heat. Once melted, stir in the honey, coffee, essence and half of the sifted icing sugar.
- Gradually stir in the rest of the icing sugar until you have the desired consistency of your butter cream.
- It should be soft and perfect for piping at this point. If it’s still a little stiff then beat in a little milk.
- Decorate your cakes once the cakes are cool (or just eat if off the spoon because it’s yummy!)
- Add half a small wafer on top or even use a chocolate coated coffee bean.