Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

There are three things that make these super-star cupcakes.

One:  they’re cupcakes.  Duh.  Two:  they are infused with a sweet-coffee reduction, and three:  they’re topped with a sweet, stabilized whipped cream and homemade caramel sauce.

Wait, is that four things?  Doesn’t matter.  If you love coffee, and heck, even if you don’t – YOU. HAVE. GOT. TO. MAKE. THESE.

I’m not sure what it is about these cupcakes, (Um, actually yes I am.  They’re cupcakes that taste like vanilla lattes…) but I really think I could eat an entire batch by myself.  Not even kidding.

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

They start with an awesome French Vanilla cupcake – it’s a bit spongy, but very soft with a strong vanilla flavor.  Then, you saturate them with a super-sweet coffee reduction.  The cake just absorbs all of the coffee flavor and while it’s mild, there is no mistaking that this is a coffee-flavored treat.

The whipped cream is special too, because it’s a stabilized whipped cream.  This means that you can make it in advance and the cream won’t weep or  run over your dessert.   I’ve had these in the refrigerator for two days now, and they still look (and taste) as good as the minute I frosted them.

Finally, they’re topped with homemade caramel sauce.

Heaven, I tell you.

Oh, and those little garnishes are chocolate-covered espresso beans from Dean and Deluca.  Adorable and way tasty.

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

So, clearly I am a coffee-lover, but if you aren’t I still think you’ll love these.  They have a very tiramisu-like quality – and you can always tone down the coffee flavor by reducing the amount of syrup you use.

And if you have kids, it’s really fun to watch them pop a chocolate-covered espresso bean in their mouth, especially after you tell them not to.  No kids, it’s not a yogurt-raisin.  Nope, not a M&M, either.

Next time, they’ll listen.

Since the whipped cream is stabilized, you can definitely use these for entertaining; they’re perfect for an adult party, an office celebration or a grown-up treat at a kids party.  They’d also be adorable as mini-cupcakes, just don’t forget to reduce your baking time by about half.  I’d also plan to store these in the refrigerator until about 30 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Latte Cupcakes

Think about the variations you could make with this cupcake, too – make it a mocha with a chocolate cupcake, or add some cinnamon, pumpkin-pie spice, sprinkle some salt over the caramel for a salted caramel latte cupcake…your options are endless.

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Vanilla Latte Cupcakes
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Cupcakes inspired by a coffeehouse favorite - Vanilla Lattes! This French Vanilla cupcake is infused with a coffee syrup and topped with whipped cream. A garnish of homemade caramel sauce and a chocolate covered espresso bean make this cupcake something special. Enjoy! Recipe source: LS Original. Whipped Cream from Baked Bree, Caramel Sauce from Annie's Eats
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 and ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean, optional (I added this.)
Coffee Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brewed, black coffee
Stabilized Whipped Cream:
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare two cupcake tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Beat together eggs and sugar until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  3. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and beat for another minute.
  4. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins, filling each tin ⅔ full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Coffee Syrup:
  1. While the cupcakes are baking, combine sugar and brewed coffee in a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a low boil, and stir until sugar completely dissolves.
  3. Set aside. to cool slightly.
  4. Once cupcakes have cooled for 10-15 minutes, generously brush each cupcake with the syrup, using a pastry brush. Apply 1 coat for a light coffee flavor, 3 coats for a mild coffee flavor, and 5 coats for a strong coffee flavor.
  5. Prepare whipped cream.
Stabilized Whipped Cream:
  1. In a small bowl, combine water and gelatin, and stir to moisten all of the gelatin.
  2. Allow to sit for 2 minutes, then microwave for 30 seconds to 'melt' the gelatin. Set aside.
  3. Pour cold cream into the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Beat on medium until the cream thickens and soft peaks form.
  5. Add vanilla, gelatin and sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Spoon whipped cream into a piping bag, and frost as desired.
Caramel Sauce:
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar begins to foam a bit.
  3. It will look and smell like it’s on the verge of burning.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the heavy cream.
  5. Stir until the sauce is smooth, returning to heat if necessary to smooth it out, then mix in the vanilla and salt.
  6. Let cool. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  7. Garnish cupcakes with caramel sauce and a chocolate covered espresso bean.
  8. Enjoy!


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  • Samantha Ferraro

    Ahh these cupcakes look amazing!!! I still need to make homemade caramel sauce too!

    • lemonsugar

      Thanks Samantha!!

  • Misty

    MMM coffee, caramel and vanilla 3 of my favs..cant wait to try these!!!

  • YitLing (thefooddash)

    Yay, I just made some caramel sauce and I can’t wait to try these. Oh and I’m a coffee lover too so these would be perfect!

  • Arlene Hand

    OK, I keep finding recipes and saying “wow, now this is my favorite!”. This recipe has all my favorites — vanilla, coffee and caramel!. Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday and I may be making my own treat so I can have these!!! I really want to try to make caramel sauce. And I love vanilla cupcakes — they are my favorite flavor. The coffee would be an extra touch. And I have cream in the refrigerator waiting to find a purpose. I found it!!! Thank you!!!

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  • Sandra

    Made this ones and sent some with my hubby to his work. Everyone loves them! Its a good combination of vanilla and coffee!

  • Beth

    I made these tonight and they are absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  • Jackie Myers

    These look incredible!

  • Amber

    I made these tonight in their full glory, but did not taste everything together. The caramel was amazing, the whipped cream, too. And the cupcakes without the syrup are divine (my go-to vanilla cupcake). I can only imagine! The best part is that while these have a number of elements, they are still very simple… None of that add a little at a time crap. Dump, beat, and go!

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  • Janka Anjelik

    Just tired this for the first and definitely not the last time! Thank you! 💝☕