Mocha cupcakes

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Serves 12


For the cupcakes:
80g unsalted butter, softened
280g caster sugar
220g self-raising flour
10g cocoa powder
10g espresso powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
240ml milk
2 eggs

For the mocha buttercream:
380g icing sugar
20g cocoa powder
200g unsalted butter, softened
1-2 tsp brewed coffee

To decorate:
20g dark chocolate, melted
Coffee beans


  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4 and line a cupcake tray with 12 cupcake cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all the dry ingredients. Add the butter and beat to form a sandy texture.
  3. In a jug, whisk together the milk and eggs. Slowly stream this into the butter mixture to form a smooth batter. Spoon into the lined cupcake tray.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then allow to cool completely.
  5. In a bowl, beat together the icing sugar, cocoa powder, butter and coffee until light and fluffy.
  6. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle. Add a swirl of buttercream to the top of each cupcake.
  7. To decorate, drizzle some melted chocolate over the tops of the cupcakes, then add some coffee beans.

Per serving: 484kcals, 21.5g fat (13.2g saturated), 72.5g carbs (56.3g sugars), 4.3g protein, 1.4g fibre, 0.258g sodium