It was N’s birthday a few weeks ago but it landed in the middle of the working week, so I promised to do some baking the following weekend. His all time favourite flavours are coffee and walnut, so these bad boys are packed full of both.
I don’t actually like coffee, but I couldn’t resist licking the spoon and let me tell you that combining the flavour with the sweet buttery frosting does something magical! (I did suggest to N that maybe coffee would taste better with butter but for some reason he thought this was weird!).
The recipe couldn’t be simpler, but don’t do what I did and carefully spoon your mix into each individual casing, then discover just as you’re about to put them in the oven that your chopped walnuts are still sitting in their bowl! *pacepalm* Cue careful individual spooning of walnuts into each case… oh well, we can’t all be Nigella!
Recipe (makes 12 cupcakes)
4oz / 115 g caster sugar
4oz / 115g butter (room temperature)
4oz / 115g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2tsp instant coffee dissolved into 2 tsp hot water
12oz / 350g icing sugar
6oz / 175g butter
1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved into 1 tbsp hot water
6 walnuts, halved