So the second set of cupcakes I baked for the ‘Volunteer Reading Help’ cake sale at work were the Espresso Cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book.
For the first time in a long time, I was smart enough to read the recipe a while before I started baking; so I knew that I needed to warm the milk first in order to dissolve the espresso powder and let it cool again.
A definite great start! The recipe then follows the standard Hummingbird route: mix all the ‘dry’ ingredients with the butter, then the ‘wet’ ingredients together, and finally whisk these in in two batches.
The batter was filled into cupcake cases and put into the oven for about 20 minutes. You can tell the cupcakes are ready when your kitchen starts smelling like a coffee shop!
While the cupcakes were cooling, I heated up some more milk and mixed in some espresso powder, ready to make the icing once it had cooled again – this time I was less patient and put the milk mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes. The icing was made by mixing the butter and icing sugar and gradually adding the milk and whisking on high until smooth.
I used a Wilton 2D nozzle to create a whipped twirl effect on the cupcakes. A while ago I was asked to make videos of how I ice cupcakes but I have either forgotten, not had the equipment or created rubbish videos. For once, I managed to make a half decent video, which you can find here. Hopefully, it’ll give you a better idea on how I managed it.
For the final touch, I used small pieces of dark chocolate on top of the twirls. The cupcakes were packed and sold the next day at the cake sale. I actually bought one of these (as it just seems wrong to take one) and really enjoyed it. I’m not the biggest fan of very strong coffee so was intrigued how these cupcakes would turn out and was pleasantly surprised. The coffee flavour nicely offset the sweetness of the cupcake, the dark chocolate also giving it a nice kick.
The more of these coffee cakes I bake the more I like them. They are a great alternative to the really sweet options out there.