Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Katie-Boo's Coffee Cupcakes with Latte Frosting

Makes 12
  • 125g/5oz Butter (softened) 
  • 125g/5oz Caster sugar
  • 125g/5oz Gluten-Free self raising flour (Doves Farm, Glutafin)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp's instant coffee + a few drops of water
  • 1 Tsp of vanilla essence (or extract, whichever your prefer)
For the frosting
  • 125g/5oz Full fat cream cheese (lite or half fat versions work just was well)
  • 50g/2oz Softened butter
  • 300g/ 10 1/2oz Icing sugar
  • 1-2 Tsps instant coffee

  • Pre-heat your oven to Gas 6/200c and line your  tray with your cupcake cases.
  • Whizz the butter and sugar together in your blender (or in a bowl if your working those guns again) until smooth.
  • With the blender running, crack an egg into the sugar/butter mix and keep blending, then add the other. blend until well mixed and smooth. 
  • So your cakes don't have nasty black granules of coffee in them (which are bitter when you bite in to them) you need to make a paste by mixing your instant coffee with a few drops of water until they form a smooth paste. Add to the mixture in the blender with your vanilla and give the whole lot a lovely big mix. 
  • Sift your flour and throw the whole lot into the blender with the rest of your (already blended) mixture and whizz it all until its a smooth, thick, runny paste.
  • Spoon into the cases. It might seem like there is too much mixture to fit in all the cases, but don't worry they wont morph into gigantic cupcakes.
  • Pop in the oven for a 20-25minutes, as always they should spring back to the touch when they're ready. Leave them to cool for a few minutes or so and them pop them onto a wire rack to cool.
For the Frosting
  • While your cakes are cooling and your children/dad/boyf is licking the cake bowl clean you can get on with making your frosting. Whizz the icing sugar and butter together in a blender until the mixture is well mixed and comes together in a lump. 
  • Add the cream cheese and the instant coffee into the blender and pulse together until everything is smooth and well mixed.
  • When your cupcakes are cool, feel free to ice and decorate as you like. 
  • Enjoy with a mega cup of coffee in your favourite mug whilst trying to flick through a book and trying not to get icing on the pages.

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