Cappuccino cupcakes à la Nigella – recipes

These wonderful cappuccino cupcakes are a big family favourite, at least among those of us who like coffee 🙂 They are perfect with cup of the black stuff on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and the simplicity of them makes it all that easier.
The recipe comes from one of Nigella’s books, How to be a domestic goddess, thank you very much! In that same book you’ll find a brilliant silver dollar pancake recipe that only requires a blender, but more on that later.

Cappuccino cupcakes à la Nigella - recipes

Cappuccino cupcakes à la Nigella - recipes

Cappuccino cupcakes à la Nigella - recipes


And now here’s the recipe:

  • 115g flour
  • 110g soft butter
  • 105g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 heaped tablespoon instant coffee (straight into the bowl)
  • 2-3 tbsp milk


  • Put everything in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Put 12 baking cups into a pan and fill them two-third’s of the way up.
  • Bake in an oven at 200°C (400°F) for 20 minutes.
  • Take them out of the oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

The icing:

I have adapted Nigella’s icing recipe slightly, because when I follow it to the letter it is way to runny. But here’s my version:

  • 75g white chocolate
  • 25g butter
  • 50g sour cream or buttermilk
  • 400g confectioner’s sugar


  • Add the chocolate and the butter to a bowl and melt in the microwave. Take good care not to burn the mixture. Let the chocolate cool off for a couple of minutes and then pour it into a mixing bowl.
  • Now just add the sour cream / buttermilk to the chocolate and start mixing.
  • Finally, add the confectioner’s sugar and mix until the icing is light coloured and a bit fluffy.
  • If the icing is too runny, just add confectioner’s sugar until you have the right consistency. And if it’s too thick, just add some sour cream or buttermilk.

Finally, use a piping bag or spatula to apple the icing, drizzle a little cocoa powder on top and voilà! Cappuccino cupcakes coming up 🙂

Have a wonderful Sunday.


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