Coffee’s Ideal Companion – Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes

Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes

Love coffee???  Well I sure do.  Coffee and tea is not solely a source of caffeinated energy, but a few minutes of relaxation, a source of comfort, a reminder of a slower and a more romanticised life.

In thinking about that more traditional, romanticised hot drink experience – a decadent treat is quite necessary to fully experiencing the ultimate and idealised experience that is a good cup of coffee.

On today’s menu –

Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Icing


  • 2Tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1/4C (60ml) Boiling Water
  • 100G Butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1/2C (110G) Brown Sugar or Light Muscovado
  • 2/3C (100G) Self-Raising Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼C (30G) Chopped walnuts

Coffee Buttercream Icing

  • 175G Icing Sugar (sifted)
  • 100G Butter (softened)
  • 3Tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1Tbsp Boiling Water
  • Walnuts for decorating


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C with fan).  Line a 12-hole 1/3C muffin pan with apaper Patty cases.  *If using normal sized muffin tin, recipe makes approx. 9-10
  2. Dissolve instant coffee in boiling water and cool
  3. Using electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, flour and eggs with 1Tbsp of coffee and a pinch of salt until creamy
  4. Stir in chopped walnuts
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely


  1. Cream sugar and butter using electric mixer until smooth and creamy
  2. Dissolve instant coffee in boiling water and cool
  3. Once cooled, add to creamed butter/sugar mixture
  4. Decorate cupcakes with buttercream icing and walnuts

Very simple and quick to make, these cupcakes are moist and decadent.  Coffee flavour is subtle and compliments being accompanied by a good Cup of Joe.

Inspired by: BBC Good Food



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