Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

  • Yield 24-30 servings

A subtle flavor of coffee infuses these tender cupcakes, topped with a whipped cream frosting.

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes
Teresa Blackburn


1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1/3 cup hot water
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract works as well)
1 cup half-and-half
3 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons white chocolate instant pudding


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.  Line 24 to 30 cups of cupcake pans with liners.
  2. Sift together flours, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. On low speed, add butter, mixing until butter is well coated with flour.
  3. In a measuring cup or small bowl, add coffee to hot water and stir to dissolve. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, half-and-half.  Whisk in coffee.
  5. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, one-third at a time, scraping bowl before each addition. Beat until ingredients are incorporated, but don’t over mix. Fill liners two-thirds full.
  6. Bake 17 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean with just a couple crumbs. Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely.
  7. When cupcakes are completely cool, make frosting. Place cream, coffee and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix with a mixer on low speed until coffee dissolves. Mix on medium high-high speed until mixture starts to thicken, then add instant pudding and continue mixing until stiff peaks form.
  8. Spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

Note: I like to sprinkle with raw sugar and espresso candies as garnish.  And if I have some on hand I will top with a chocolate-covered coffee bean. You can skip the pudding addition to the topping if serving soon. The pudding helps stabilize the whipped cream and it lasts a week or longer if you use it, plus the white chocolate flavor adds a nice creamy flavor. This frosted cupcake also freezes very well!



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