Sunday, 21 June 2009

Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes



Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes....delicious! Inspired by looking at home baked cake/loafs in the farm shop I decided to have a go at a coffee flavour cupcake. Coffee and walnuts are a perfect combination in my opinion. I did ponder with the idea of a coffee chocolate combo but I will save that for another time. I also went for coffee glace icing, but think coffee butter icing would have been very good too - rich and creamy. Admittedly I was thinking of calories too (butter icing being higher in fat), I think the glace icing worked so well though.






The Recipe:

Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes

4 oz of low fat margarine
4 oz of light brown sugar
4 oz self raising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
2 medium free range eggs
3 tsp of instant coffee dissolved in a tbsp of boiling water
1 1/2 oz of walnut pieces







Icing

3 oz of glace icing sugar
3 tsp of instant coffee dissolved in hot water
10 walnut halves

Cream sugar and margarine together and whisk in eggs. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder. Dissolve coffee in hot water and mix in with other ingredients. Dust walnut pieces with flour and gently fold into other ingredients. Divide mixture between 10 cupcake cases and bake at 170c/325f/gas 3 for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool before decorating. Dissolve instant coffee in boiling water (three tsp in a small quantity of hot water) and add slowly to icing until it is smooth and ribbon like. The icing of course ends up a beautiful coffee colour. Spread each cupcake with icing and place a walnut half in the centre.




Now all you need is a nice milky coffee to wash them down. Simple but delicious.

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