Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vanilla Frappuccino Cupcakes

Vanilla Frappuccino Cupcakes. I know YUM how super delicious do they look.

I'm going to share something which seeings as I love sweets so much you might think is weird, but I don't like real cream. 

Buttercream I am totally into, certain types of that super fake mock cream I really like (hello jam and cream donuts) but real cream from a cow just does not do it for me.

But I love the look of it, I always want to say yes to spiraling swirls of cream when I pick up my fancy coffees but I never do and end up with flat looking although still delicious decaf treats (Ummm decaf yes :( yet another weird thing).

So to make myself feel a bit special I made up these super dooper swirly Vanilla Frappuccino cupcakes.

and then I popped them into my favourite cup.

OK so I'm going to have to show off this cup because it is my favourite and I love it. It's a Spode lidded chocolate cup, so that your hot chocolate stays warm of course......ha like mine ever lasts long enough to go cold.

Truthfully I didn't come up with the cupcake in a cup idea, totally stole it after seeing some inspiring pictures from the lovely Penny's facebook page at P.S. I love you.

But the cupcake is totally mine.

To make the cupcakes pipe coffee vanilla buttercream (recipe below) onto vanilla cupcakes using a Wilton #1M tip swirling around like your making a soft serve icecream. Practice a couple of times on the workbench if you like before you start on the cupcakes.

Sprinkle a little cocoa powder or drinking chocolate onto the top of the cupcake. I use a tea strainer to do stuff like this as it is easy to control. Just pop the cocoa into the strainer hold over the top of the cupcake and gently tap against your other hand.

Finish off with a mini straw wafer cookie, the ones in the picture are mini corinthian ones you can pick up at Woolies, but any brand will do. Make sure you pop the cookie straws in just before serving as they get soggy if you leave them in.

Coffee Vanilla Buttercream

228g unsalted butter (8 oz or 2 sticks) at room temperature
60ml milk (1/4 cup)
6 cups sifted icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3tsp instant coffee mixed with a small amount of hot water, just enough to melt it.

Pop the unsalted butter, milk and 4 cups of icing sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix at high speed until light and fluffy about 5-6 minutes. Scrape down sides as required. Add the remaining sugar one cup at a time mixing for 2-3 minutes between additions. Add the vanilla and coffee and mix well.

If the buttercream is not the correct consistency add extra milk 10mls at a time (I didn't add any extra to this one).

Any cupcake will do the Vanilla cupcake I used is the Magnolia recipe, I don't post other people's recipes here on my blog but I am sure you could find it if you searched.


  1. How pretty - both the cup and the delicious looking cupcake!

  2. The cup. I love it. Will try the buttercream. Well done.

  3. Yum they look luscious! Your cup is pretty too.

  4. I'll forgive you for not liking cream - I'm sort of the other way - I struggle with butercream because its so sweet. I grew up with cream cake and find it hard (very hard) to stop at one slice.....

    Enough about me. Your lil frappuccinos are gorgeous and that cup is highly covetable!

  5. Oh my goodness! They look incredible! I love the presentation of themin a little cup too. Ps. Doesn't matter if you come up with the idea..they still look wonderful :)

  6. Hehe I wish I didn't like fresh cream but I love the stuff too much :P Very pretty cup too! :)

  7. Wow the cupcake looks amazing and the mug is gorgeous! Definitely dresses up the cupcake and makes it looks super elegant it kind of reminds me of the Moscow Kremlin.

    - Sarah

  8. looks delicious and i love the piping!

  9. What an awesome cup! I love cream, but mostly in savoury things like soup. Your cupcakes look delicious!

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  11. oh wow! that cupcake looks divine!

    enjoying your blog - i'm your newest follower.

  12. Missing your posts on my dashboard!! I love your creativity! Please comment me when you're back and blogging :)

  13. that looks so beautiful, my buttercream has never tasted nice so i haven't made it for a while but after seeing your pics i think i'll give it one last shot :-)

    ps how many grams in a cup, thank u