Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

Recipe and photography by Fairtrade

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

Bake Off winner 2013 Frances Quinn shares her Fairtrade Coffee Shot ‘Cup’ Cakes.

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

Baked and served in take-away coffee cups, they will bring out your inner barista.

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

How To Make Fairtrade Coffee Shot ‘Cup’ Cakes:

Makes 12 small Cakes

For The Cakes: 

3 tbsp Fairtrade instant coffee

3 tbsp freshly boiled hot water

3 tbsp whole milk

150g butter, softened

150g light muscovado sugar

3 eggs (at room temperature)

150g self-raising flour

150g walnuts, toasted and chopped

For The Coffee Syrup:

 ½ tbsp instant coffee

50ml boiling water

50g caster sugar

 ½ tbsp coffee liqueur, such as Tia Maria, optional

For The Topping:

250g mascarpone

Few drops of vanilla extract

50g icing sugar

Dash of milk or cream, if needed

To Decorate:

Cocoa powder


12-hole muffin tin

12 espresso-sized (115ml/4oz) paper cups – ideally kraft ripple, as the outer rippled layer will conceal any butteriness that can soak through from the cake through the inner cardboard.

Cocktail stick.

Medium paintbrush

Coffee-bean stencil or other stencils, optional.

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

How To Make:

1.) Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Line the muffin tin with the cups.

2.) Mix the coffee with the hot water, then stir in the milk. Set aside to cool.

Using a hand-held electric whisk, or in a free-standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 5–10 minutes or until very light and creamy.

The mixture will turn from a rich toffee brown to a pale café-au-lait shade.

Break the eggs into a mug or jug and beat with a fork.

Gradually add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture, beating well after each addition.

Should the mixture look like it’s curdling, add a spoonful of the flour. Sift in the flour and fold in until just combined.

Finally, stir through the coffee and chopped walnuts.

3.) Spoon the mixture into the paper cups and bake for 15–20 minutes or until the cakes have risen and a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean.

4.) While the cakes are baking, make the syrup.

Put the coffee in a small pan, add the boiling water and stir to dissolve the granules.

Stir in the sugar.

Set the pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil.

5.) Reduce the heat and simmer gently for a few minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and you are left with a runny syrup.

Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueur, if using.

6.) Once the cakes are baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes.

During this time, prick them all over with a cocktail stick and brush over the coffee syrup using a paintbrush or pastry brush, allowing the syrup to soak into the sponge.

Use about ½ tablespoon syrup per cup. Remove the cakes from the tin, still in their cups, and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

7.) Put the mascarpone and vanilla in a bowl and sift in the icing sugar.

Beat together until creamy and well combined, adding a dash of milk or cream to slacken the mix slightly, if necessary.

Spoon some on to each cake and spread level with a palette knife.

Sift the cocoa on top, either all over or through a coffee-bean stencil to create some barista art.

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

Fairtrade Coffee Shot Cup Cakes: How Sweet!?

*Recipe and photography by Fairtrade*

Recipe created by Frances Quinn. Photography © Georgia Glynn Smith.

*No Payment was received*

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Claire Justine
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  1. Keely Gallagher
    4 July 2016 / 19:13

    Yum! These would be perfect for me to take into work – I couldn't accidentally mess them up on the bumpy train ride!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      5 July 2016 / 05:18

      Thanks Keely, hope you get to try them 🙂