Caramel Espresso Martini Cupcakes

Caramel Espresso Martini Cupcakes

With Kahlúa frosting and a vodka-infused chocolate center, this boozy treat will put you in the best mood.


  • 429 grams all-purpose flour

  • 265 grams caster (superfine) sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 375 milliliters of milk

  • 125 milliliters vegetable oil

  • 125 grams unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

  • 5 tablespoons kahlua

  • 200 milliliters Salted caramel sauce

  • Coffe beans to decorate (x2 on each cupcake)

  • Frosting

  • 1 batch of fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting

  • 5 tablespoons kahlua

  • Vodka Chocolate sauce

  • 300 milliliters Chocolate sauce

  • 3 tablespoons vodka


  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180C (356F) or 160C (320F) for a fan forced oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.

  3. Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.

  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

  5. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).

  6. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

  7. To prepare vodka choc sauce combine vodka and choc sauce together.

  8. To prepare frosting, combine buttercream and Kahlua together.

  9. Once the cupcakes have cooled down dip the very top in kahlua. Let it drip off as much as you can. Core the centre of each cupcake and fill with vodka chocolate sauce.

  10. Fit the end of a piping bag with a Wilton 1M piping tip and frost in a swirl. Finish with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and two little coffee beans.



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