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Coffee Cupcakes

Coffee Cupcakes

Intense coffee cupcakes with a meringue frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee, coffee cupcakes, cupcakes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 389 kcal

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup canola oil you can also use vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract use pure, not imitation
  • 2/3 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee powder

Meringue Frosting Ingredients

  • 7 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

Cupcake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the sugar and brown sugar and mix until well combined.

  4. Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  7. Dissolve instant coffee into hot brewed coffee to make the coffee super crazy strong.

  8. Slowly add hot coffee to the batter and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)

  9. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

  10. Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.

  11. When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

Meringue Frosting Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in the metal mixing bowl of your stand mixer and set over a pot filled with boiling water on a range, creating a double boiler.

  2. Whisk by hand for a few minutes until the mixture reaches 110 F on a candy thermometer.

  3. Place the bowl on a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 10 minutes.

  4. Increase to high speed and whisk until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 to 10 minutes more.

  5. Pipe a swirl of meringue on cooled cupcakes. 

  6. Using a culinary torch, toast the meringue.

  7. Store at room temperature until ready to eat.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Tips: Because everyone's oven is just a bit different and your liners may be a slightly different size than mine, I highly recommend that if you have time, you bake a test cupcake before baking your whole batch of vanilla cupcakes. Read my FAQ on filling cupcake liners to learn how to do a test cupcake and why it's useful.