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Coffee Kahlua cupcakes

I made Tiramisu a few days ago and had leftover coffee and Kahlua. Instead of throwing the good stuff away, I decided to make coffee kahlua cupcakes out of it. The recipe for my cupcakes are pretty similar to my coffee cake recipe just that I included kahlua into it – yum! You can also use Tia Maria or any coffee liquor for this recipe.


I’m not a fan of working with frostings because I find it very messy and I do struggle with the piping bag. But I decided to be fancy today. Cupcakes do look nicer and taste better with the right kind of frosting. Since I had cream cheese in my fridge, I made a chocolate cream cheese frosting with a hint of kahlua again. The cupcakes with frosting were so delicious that I ate two at one go – so much for trying to cut down on sugar. This is what happens when you love what you bake!


Nutrition per cupcake


Ingredients for the cupcake

  1. 120g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 100g caster sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 50ml coffee (I used 1 tbs instant coffee granules mixed in 50ml water)
  5. 50ml kahlua or any coffee liquor
  6. 1 tsp coffee essence
  7. 120ml buttermilk
  8. 220g self raising flour
  9. 50g walnuts
  10. 50g dark chocolate chips

Ingredients for the frosting

  1. 250g cream cheese (room temperature)
  2. 30g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  3. 100g 70% dark chocolate (melted)
  4. 40g icing sugar
  5. 2 tbs kahlua or any coffee liquor


Preparation time: 10-15min
Baking time: 15-20min or when the skewer comes out clean 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Prepare a 12 case muffin tin
  3. Using a whisk, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Then add in the eggs one at the time and continue to cream
  5. Turn the whisk down to low speed and add in the coffee, kahlua and coffee essence
  6. Slowly sieve the self-raising flour in and continue to whisk until a uniform mixture is formed
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts
  8. Divide the batter equally into the muffin tin
  9. Place it into the oven to bake for 15-20min or when the skewer comes out clean
  10. Leave the cupcakes to cool

To make the frosting

  1. Whisk the butter and cream cheese at high speed until light and fluffy
  2. Add in the icing sugar and 2 tbs of kahlua and continue to whisk
  3. Fold the melted chocolate into the mixture and then whisk it lightly until a uniform consistency is formed
  4. Prepare a piping bag and place the frosting into the piping bag
  5. Carefully pipe the frosting over the cooled down cupcakes

There you have it! Hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!



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