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Coffee + Donuts Cupcakes

*listed as one of the 20 Most Inventive Cupcakes Known to Man*

Coffee and donuts are best buds. They go together so well that it’s hard to imagine one without the other. There’s nothing I love more than a dessert within a dessert so I decided to make some flavorful coffee cupcakes and top them off with mini donuts! Everything is better in mini form, but if you want to skip a step you can always pick up pre-made mini donuts from the store.

The two make an adorable combo and the coffee flavor is everything you could hope for. Let’s just call this the ultimate breakfast dessert.

Coffee and Donuts Cupcakes Trio

Coffee and Donuts Cupcakes

Coffee and Donuts Cupcakes Trio
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Coffee + Donuts Cupcakes


Coffee Cupcake recipe:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/8 cup milk

Coffee Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2-1/2 Tablespoons coffee
1 Tablespoon milk (as needed)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla.

Alternate the flour mixture with the coffee and milk, stirring until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for about 15-17 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling, start the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, carefully adding the powdered sugar.

Add the coffee and vanilla and the milk as needed to get the right consistency. Turn the mixer up to high and beat well until light and fluffy.

Frost the cupcakes and top with mini donuts.

36 Responses to “Coffee + Donuts Cupcakes”

  1. Pink says:

    Those are adorable!

  2. Casie says:

    These would be perfect for a Simpson’s themed party!

  3. cheryl says:

    does the coffee frosting harden like an icing? or is it more fluid? just wonderin’…gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  4. LizAnderson says:

    Holy Cow!
    Tell me I’m no the only person on the planet with a late 70′s era donut baker?????

    Seriously. We still haul it out. It uses Jiffy Cake Mixes, so what’s not to love?!

  5. Finally, now I know what I can do with the mini donut pan I have! These are way twee, can’t wait to try them!

  6. Gosh these are so cute, you are really creative!

  7. Liesl says:

    HOW CUTE ARE THOSE!!! My husband would love these!! What a great idea for a cupcake!

  8. amy says:


  9. Stephanie says:

    Soooo Sooo Cute!!!! I want a donut maker now!

  10. alicia says:

    these are definitely cute! and i bet super yummy!

  11. Michelle says:

    How creative and cute!

  12. Trudie says:

    These are awesome! Totally going into my recipe file. On a totally weird note, where did you get the paper? I need some like that…

  13. redmenace says:

    These are absolutely the cutest things I’ve ever seen. They might kill me, but I bet they are just delicious!

  14. justJENN says:

    @Trudie What…paper? You mean what the donuts are sitting on? That’s a plate!

  15. AmyAnne says:

    A mini donut maker?! Huh? I WANT one. I’ll be on eBay for the next hour…

    Those cupcakes are awesome!

  16. Nicole says:

    I just followed the link over from Madly Creative.. and I’m swooning over these doughnut cupcakes! So cute!

  17. jenni hwang says:

    Wow. Thanks for posting this recipe! Love the site and blog! I’m a fan!

  18. larissa says:

    I’m in love!

  19. Amanda says:

    Hey, I just bought a donut maker. I was looking for good recipes and I found your blog, could you send me your donut recipe? They look really tasty
    Thank you

  20. Cheri says:

    I also have a donut maker and am looking for a good recipe. Could you send me your donut recipe?

  21. Nitikie says:

    Hey, I’m also looking for a good donut recipe for the donut maker. Please send it to me.


  22. cheryl says:

    I would love to get your donut recipe. I just rec the donut maker and need a good recipe

  23. Rebecca says:

    hi jenn! i had a question… you said 1 stick of butter for the cupcake… so is that actually a stick (which is half a cup) or a cup of butter? because for the frosting you used a cup of butter (but then wrote a stick next to it) or maybe im the only person who buys butter that is half a stick.. I DUNNO! but it would be great if you could get back to me on that! THANKS! and BTW I LOVE YOUR STUFF. you’re such a genius :)

  24. justJENN says:


    Sorry, I didn’t realize how jacked up this recipe was! I will be more consistent with the stick no stick from now on. I’ve adjusted it, see above – and YES you are the only person who buys half sticks of butter! I WISH I could find half sticks! Awesome!

  25. Rebecca says:

    WOW! thank you for fast reply :P

  26. Laurel says:

    Can i please have the recipe for your mini donuts?They are so cute- i went out and got a mini donut maker. Thanks

  27. justJENN says:

    Sorry everyone!! I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for some time, I use a variations on this, but here is my base recipe that I use for the baked donuts.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Do I use the cake batter in the donut maker as well or is there a different recipe for the donuts? Thanks! Super cute idea.

  29. Janine says:

    Your coffee + donut cupcakes were featured on cupcake of the day! :)
    Unfortunately they didn’t credit you. :( Damn internet. http://blog.girlybubble.com/2011/02/26/cupcake-of-the-day-doughnuts-2/

  30. justJENN says:

    Thanks for the heads up!

  31. Breanna says:

    Does this recipie make 12 or 24 cupcakes?

  32. Hi Jenn,
    I bought two mini doughnut pans at the Wilton sale and I thought Coffee and Doughnuts cupcakes sounded like a cute idea… goggle them and I find you! =) Great minds think alike! I’m going to have to try something like this!

  33. Becky says:

    I just made these and I got 12 cupcakes out of the batter. This batter didn’t rise like I expected but that may end up being ok since I still have to ice them and put the donuts on. Very yummy batter.

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