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Cappuccino Cupcakes

Coffee lovers will appreciate these cupcakes.

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 19 to 24 minutes
Yield: 24 cupcakes



  • 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons instant coffee powder dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Argo® Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons milk, as needed
  • CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: (optional)
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter OR margarine
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Karo® Light Corn Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 (2-1/2 inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.
  2. For Cupcakes: Combine corn syrup, buttermilk, dissolved coffee and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Mix butter and shortening in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Add sugar and beat at medium high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy. Add egg and egg yolk, one at a time, beating until well mixed. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Beat in a third of the flour mixture, followed by half of the coffee/syrup mixture, just until combined. Alternate with remaining flour and coffee syrup, ending with flour. Portion batter evenly into prepared pan, filling muffin cups 2/3 full.
  4. Bake 19 to 24 minutes until cupcakes are light golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely before frosting. Frost cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting.
  5. For Coffee Buttercream Frosting: Beat butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt until creamy. Add powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon dissolved coffee. Beat until fluffy, adding additional coffee and/or milk, 1 teaspoon at a time to reach desired consistency and flavor.
  6. For optional Chocolate Drizzle: Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon butter. Stir in corn syrup until smooth. Transfer chocolate to a resealable plastic bag. Snip corner of bag and decorate frosted cupcakes with a drizzle of chocolate.
  7. VARIATION: For Cappuccino Almond Cupcakes, top frosted cupcakes with 1-1/4 cups sliced toasted almonds.
  8. NOTE: Instant coffee powders vary considerably in flavor and strength. You may adjust the amounts of instant coffee powder to suit your taste.