Espresso Buttercream recipe

Growing up I can remember walking down Bank Street in my hometown whilst carrying out errands with my Mam. I remember this particular street as there is an old fashioned coffee shop situated a few doors down the road, the kind that grind their own coffee in the basement. The smell from the freshly ground coffee would fill the street especially on a warm day.

As I have grown up the love of a fresh cup of coffee has never really taken hold but I do love to bake with it. Coffee like most things in life is better when you use a quality ingredient. As Mr Boo loves his coffee I’m quite lucky in that I can ‘borrow’ one or two of his coffee pods, the ones that are Nespresso compatible capsules (shh don’t tell him). Mr Boo prefers to use a traditional brand like Caffe Cagliari, they are a family company steeped in over 100 years of Italian history. Alessandra Cagliari, the great great grand daughter of the founder handles the marketing and packaging today, it reminds me of that little coffee shop I knew as a child.

Whilst I love to make the odd coffee & walnut cake it can be a little time consuming so I want to share with you my Espresso Buttercream recipe, a great caffeine filled treat that can be placed on top of cupcakes (a fabulous treat for your little ones school teachers). Add to either vanilla, chocolate or even coffee cupcakes.

Espresso Buttercream
Serves 12
A caffeine filled buttercream treat, great for an afternoon treat or even school teachers
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 150g unsalted butter (best at room temperature)
  2. 200g confectioners sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 Nespresso capsule / 2 tsp instant espresso powder (you will need to divide this into two halves)
  1. Beat the unsalted butter until light and fluffy
  2. Mix the vanilla and half of the espresso in a small bowl, stirring to combine
  3. Add 100g of confectioners sugar to the butter, beating until combined
  4. Mix in the vanilla-espresso mixture
  5. Add the remaining espresso powder, as well as the remaining confectioner’s sugar in increments to taste
  6. Mix for several minutes until everything is combined and is at the consistency you desire
Final touches
  1. Once you have added to your chosen cupcake sprinkle cocoa powder or a little icing sugar over the top to give it that professional finish
  1. Using a hand mixer will save you time and elbow grease
Boo Roo and Tigger Too

I’m linking this recipe up with A Mummy Too’s #RecipeOfTheWeek 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you in collaboration with Caffe Cagliari, although my buttercream is delicious (if I say so myself).

Photo Credit: Kamila Gornia via Compfight cc



  1. April 17, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Um, WOW. Saving this for the next time I make cupcakes – they look lovely!!

  2. April 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    I so need to try this. It looks yummy

  3. April 17, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    Love sugar, love caffeine, think I need to give these a try! They’d be great for a school fete or something where the adults all need a cheeky caffeine hit before the end! #blogclub

  4. April 17, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Arghhhhh am dieting *licks screen*

  5. April 17, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    They look absolutely delicious… so delicious in fact, I would probably need to have more than one to decide how much I like them!! 🙂

  6. April 17, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    oooh yummy looking – must try harder with home cooking!

  7. Evelyn Moffat
    April 17, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Will need to give these a try xx

  8. April 17, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Oh my, these look divine!

  9. April 17, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    These look lush!!

  10. April 17, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    yum simply fabulous, I love coffee flavoured cream. Mich x

  11. April 17, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Hubby loves coffee, I think he would adore that buttercream! x

  12. April 18, 2014 / 1:51 am

    Great idea, always a nice idea too to have some cakes that are just for adults!

  13. April 18, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Excellent use for the capsules! Love coffee flavoured things – I’m off to bake cakes!

  14. April 18, 2014 / 7:18 am

    I am with Kate, cupcakes for adults are great, coffee icing is yum, and I love rum icing too.

  15. April 18, 2014 / 8:12 am

    That sounds delicious and I love your photography! 🙂

  16. Paul Wilson
    April 19, 2014 / 11:34 pm

    They look really good.

  17. April 21, 2014 / 6:48 am

    These look so delicious!! That top photo makes me hungry, lol #recipeoftheweek

  18. April 21, 2014 / 7:20 am

    these look so good – that buttercream is so pretty to look at x

  19. April 22, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    Oh, I like the idea of coffee flavoured buttercream. Would be great with a chocolate sponge cake.

  20. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 12, 2014 / 8:41 am

    These look yummy!

  21. Alison Turnnidge
    May 27, 2014 / 11:04 am

    Shall have to try using vanilla extract next time I make coffee buttercream

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