French Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes

Not to complain, but it’s been cold and rainy around here the past few days.

This means that I tend to stop at the nearby coffee shop more often these days in search of a warm drink.

Problem is that I don’t drink coffee. I love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, however I find the taste so bitter and I can’t find the right balance between milk and sugar that I just gave up. Call it child-like tastes, but when it comes to my choice of drinks, I always pick hot chocolate or french vanilla cappuccino ( and just so you know, I am under no pretense that it is anything remotely close to an actual cappuccino).

So when I was trying to think of a cupcake to make on the weekend, all I could think of was a warm and creamy french vanilla.

French Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes

I amped up the vanilla in these cupcakes so that it wouldn’t be overpowered by the addition of espresso powder, and then topped them off with a super creamy and lightly sweet  vanilla frosting.

makes 18 cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F . Line your muffin pans with liners and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar together until light and fluff, about 3  minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine espresso powder, flour and baking powder. Add the flour to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until smooth.
  4. Fill each of the liners about 2/3 of the way full and pop into the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely, then top with Light and Fluffy Vanilla Frosting (below).

Light and Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

adapted from Epicurious

  • 1 cup milk ( I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of the milk and the flour, whisking until smooth.
  2. Set over medium heat, and slowly add the remaining milk, stirring constantly.  Continue to cook until thickened. You want it to be about as thick as custard. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, continuing to stir for another couple minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, beat together the butter and the icing sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk mixture and continue to beat for a couple minutes, or until light and fluffy. I switched to the whisk attachment to get it extra fluffy, but you don’t have to.
  4. Store any leftover frosting in the refrigerator.

My brother’s fiance H said these were here favourite cupcakes I’ve made yet!

- Mel

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I linked this recipe to Strut Your Stuff Saturdays and:

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8 thoughts on “French Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes

  1. This not only sounds delicious, your photo is beautiful! New follower via The Country Cook. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/11/farm-girl-blog-fest-7.html

    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  2. What fantastic cupcakes! I love the wrappers, perfect for Halloween!

    I used to be a coffee drinker, but about a year ago I stopped liking it. Now, I enjoy tea. I still have some instant espresso powder in the cupboard, and this looks like a great way to use it up!

  3. Dawn

    Would powdered cappuccino mix work instead of instant expresso powder?

    • Yup instant cappuccino powder shouls work fine. Keep in mind it might make your cupcakes a bit sweeter and you will have to use a bit more.

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