For when you are in hurry, quick and easy.


  • Cake batter:

  • 125g butter (4.4oz)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2/3 cup (150g) castor sugar (superfine)

  • 3 eggs

  • 1½ cups (225g) self-raising flour

  • ¼ cup milk (60ml)

  • Coffee syrup:

  • 1/2 cup of expresso freshly brewed strong coffee

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee liqueur (you can use Marsala if you prefer)

  • Mascarpone topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 250g mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup sifted icing sugar

  • Plus cocoa for dusting.


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180c, line two 12 cup trays with paper liners (fairy cake/patty cake size)

  • 2.

    Cake: Beat butter, extract, sugar, eggs, sifted flour & milk on low speed with an electric mixer until ingredients are just combined. Increase speed to medium & beat for 3 minutes until smooth and pale in colour.

  • 3.

    Drop spoonfuls of mixture into the paper liners. Bake about 20 minutes. Allow to cool in tins for 5 minutes removing to a wire rack to cool.

  • 4.

    Syrup: stir sugar, liqueur and hot coffee together until sugar is dissolved.

  • 5.

    Topping: Mix mascarpone and icing sugar together, in a separate bowl mix cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into mascarpone mixture.

  • 6.

    Pierce holes into the cooled cupcakes with a medium skewer, brush with coffee syrup, top with mascarpone topping and dust with cocoa powder.

  • 7.

    Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (24 servings)

  • Energy 178kj
  • Fat Total 12g
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 15g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Sodium 51mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by jackicamReport
That looks fantastic! I could see myself popping every single one into my mouth before anyone even arrives....
Posted by BC41Report
The cup cakes look great, I will try them this weekend. Can't Wait!!!!!