Learn to make delicious coffee-flavored cupcakes disguised as coffee mugs with vanilla fondant and latte-flavored icing.  Delight both the eyes and the taste buds.

Yield:  8-10 cupcakes like the one in the picture.

What will we be making?

  • Do you like coffee? 
  • Do you like cupcakes?
  • Are you often disappointing that coffee cake does not actually taste like coffee?
  • Do you enjoy making food that is enticing to the eyes and to the taste buds?
If you answered "Yes!" to any of the above questions, then the recipe featured in this Instructable is for you.  Read on and you will learn how to make coffee-flavored cupcakes that look like coffee mugs filled with - you guessed it - coffee. 

How do they taste?

The cupcakes themselves have a subtle, yet detectable, flavor of freshly brewed coffee.  The coffee flavor is noticable, but not overpowering, and is accompanied by nice nutty and caramel-like flavors.  The white fondant used to form the ceramic part of the coffee mug is sweet and vanilla flavored.  The icing is made with coffee and milk, and so it tastes like a sweet dessert latte. 

Eaten together, the cake, fondant, and icing present a tantalizing blend of coffee, milk, vanilla, and caramel.  The cupcakes are sweet, but not too sweet.  The best way to know how they taste though is to make some for yourself!

How difficult are they to make?

The cupcakes themselves are very easy to make; they are no more difficult to make than any other cupcake.  The fondant and icing are also quite simple.  Although, the fondant does require some physical labor if you don't have a stand mixer.  The most difficult part of the entire process is forming the fondant into a mug shape around the soft and fragile cupcakes.  But then again, this part is also the most fun (besides eating them of course).

Step 1: Ingredients for the Cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

Ingredient Amount
all-purpose flour 2 cups
baking powder 1 teaspoon
baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
salt 1/4 teaspoon
coffee (chilled) 3/4 cup
whole milk 1/4 cup
unsalted butter 1 stick
sugar 1/2 cup
brown sugar 1/2 cup (packed)
eggs 2

Plus you will need cupcake pans with enough space to hold between 16 and 20 large cupcakes.  Grease the pans well with cooking spray and set them aside until we make the batter.

Ingredients for the fondant:

Ingredient Amount
light corn syrup 1/2 cup
shortening 1/2 cup
vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
confectioners' sugar 1 pound

Ingredients for the icing:

Ingredient Amount
coffee 3 tablespoons
whole milk 1 tablespoon
confectioners' sugar 4-5 cups
vanilla extract 1 tablespoon
awww you beat me ! i was going to make a tea cup too! only with saucer and decorated :-) ah well...now i have to think of something else
so creative.
Very, very clever and an excellent presentation,too.
That is just crazy creative! I just love it! I love looking at the cupcake cut in half, makes me think of Alice In Wonderland when they cup the tea cups in half and the liquid stays!
Wow, that is one well documented 'ible! These look just fantastic.
Nice, it looks really good!

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