Hydrangea Cupcakes

I had so much fun with this cupcake decorating technique. All you need is a star piping tip to get this two-toned petal effect (recommend Wilton 2D but any 6-point star tip will work). I went with classic blue and lilac tones, but a light blue+white or pale yellow+pink would look gorgeous as well. I used a basic buttercream recipe because I don’t like the taste of Swiss Meringue buttercream, but if you decide to use that you will get even smoother petals.
This cupcake recipe is my new go-to for coffee cupcakes. It’s light, not too sweet, and goes perfectly with a classic coffee buttercream. For both the cupcake and buttercream, the key is to beat the butter and sugar well until it becomes light and fluffy. If you have self-raising flour, feel free to replace the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in this recipe with 125 g of self-raising flour. That way, it becomes a one-bowl recipe – even simpler!
Coffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Filling
makes 12

Coffee Cupcakes adapted from MissTamChiak

125 g unsalted butter
125 g light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
125 g all purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp strong brewed coffee

Coffee Frosting adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes

120g butter, room temperature
160g icing sugar, sifted
2 tbsp strong brewed coffee
1 tbsp caramel sauce
1/8 tsp salt
Food coloring of your choice

To make coffee cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius. Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.

Cream butter in an electric mixer for a few minutes. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combines. Add eggs and beat until mixture is well blended, light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and mix well.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add half the dry ingredients and beat on low speed. Add coffee and the remaining dry ingredients and beat until combined. Do not over beat, stop immediately once the flour and coffee are well mixed into the batter.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners until three-quarters full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To make coffee frosting:

Beat butter at medium speed for 2 minutes. Reduce speed and add the icing sugar a little at a time. Beat well after each addition. Adjust to your desired consistency using the strong brewed coffee. Add salt to taste.

To assemble:

Add caramel sauce to 3 tablespoons of your buttercream in a separate bowl. Core out the center of the cupcakes and fill it by piping in the caramel buttercream.

Place 1/4 of the remaining buttercream in a separate bowl and dye it light blue. Dye the other 3/4 of the buttercream lilac.

Fit your piping bag with a Wilton 2D star tip. Place some blue buttercream in the center and flatten the bag so that it spreads out to the edges. Open up the the piping bag with your spatula, and place some lilac buttercream in the center. Twist the end of the piping bag and pipe small flowers on the cupcake. For a detailed tutorial watch this video by Rosie Cake-Diva.

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