by Debra on July 18, 2011

Musical pairing – The Sound Of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead

I made these Vietnamese-Coffee Cupcakes about a year ago and I’ve had visions of them dancing in my head ever since . . . like crack-cocaine, these are completely addictive!! Needless-to-say, The Professor and I have no-problemo finishing a batch of these babies off by ourselves!

Having had no experience with Vietnamese cooking, I wasn’t sure what made this particular recipe ‘Vietnamese’ . . . little cakes which are glazed and frosted with a mixture of cream, sweetened condensed milk and espresso. A call out to Twitter and I had my answer: Kim tweeted back ‘the Viet people have a VERY strong French influence. The espresso/condensed milk is a true Viet concoction.’

The cake is a sponge-type of cake – made light and airy by whipping the egg whites before adding the yolks; the flour is sifted and gently folded into the batter before pouring into liners and baked. Glazed and then frosted, these are ‘regular’ size – meaning not those gargantuan-sized cupcakes that would feed a Third-world country. No, these are a smaller, 3-4 bite cupcake layered with a sweet/espresso flavor that is perfect for those times when you just need ‘a little sweet somethin’ . . .

And as hot as it is right now, I’d enjoy them with an iced coffee . . . but if I were feeling naughty and a little bit decadent . . . I might enjoy them with a scoop of ice cream . . . don’t you want to lick the screen right about now??


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Janice February 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I couldn’t find espresso powder. Can I substitute it with instant coffee?


hanh June 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Dear Debra, I want to make this cupcake for my husband to bring to work and enjoy with his coleagues. I already made the cupcakes ahead of time, but did not want to brush the glaze on the night before, would the glaze make the cake soggy if I brushed it too early? I will finish the frosting in the morning before he goes to work:).

thank you for your help and your recipe


Debra June 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thanks so much for your question – I don’t think the glaze will make the cakes soggy unless you really soak it on; if in doubt, I would probably wait until the morning right before you frost them – but I think you’d be fine glazing tonight and frosting tomorrow. Let me know how they turn out!


Angela FRS August 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Those look most amazing. I need to try a Thai Iced tea version…


betty August 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

these look fantastic!


Katie @ This Chick Cooks July 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Oh my goodness! Those coffee cupcakes sound absolutely amazing and have my mouth watering! I’d love for you to stop by for the recipe swap I host every Wedesnday to show off a few of your best recipes. Have a blessed day! :)



Courtney July 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Wow, wow, wow!


Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

This totaaaaaally looks addictive. I have bookmarked this recipe!


Allison @ Alli n Son July 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

These sound simply heavenly. I must have one!

I hope you’ll stop by and share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Friday.


bridget {bake at 350} July 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Yes, as a matter of fact, I *do* want to lick the screen right now. I have my coffee concentrate in the fridge and oh, how I would love TWO of these to go with my iced coffee in the morning!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Lovely! Hope you are doing well and having a terrific summer!


Deb East of Eden Cooking July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Want to try these with my late morning coffee. What a lovely venue for caffeine. The frosting just wraps itself around my sugar cravings and calls out “make these”.


Marly July 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

What a perfect “light” recipe for the summer. I’m just so into cupcakes right now too. You gotta love summertime!


shelly (cookies and cups) July 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

These sound amazing!! I could pretty much eat anything topped with sweetened condensed milk frosting…well, maybe not anything..but DEFINITELY these cupcakes!!


Amanda July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I think *I* a feeling a bit naughty. Ice cream it is!


Jamie | My Baking Addiction July 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

These are beautiful – indeed that frosting has me wanting to lick my screen!


Kathleen July 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Love these. Spongey little cakes with a caffeine buzz! How utterly perfect!


rebecca July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

wow these are fun love Vietnamese coffee


Silvia July 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I need to do them A.S.A.P!. Is the 1/2 cup Flour correct? I’d use bigger quantity
flour with 3 eggs.



Debra July 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hi Silvia ~ the amount of flour is correct; the cupcake itself is more like a sponge cake, less dense than your usual cupcake. The yolks are separated and the whites whipped and then the flour is folded into the batter. These really are to die for!!

Thanks for the question – enjoy!


cookbook queen July 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Oh that just jumps right off the screen.


Kelli July 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Yes. I do want to lick the screen…but I would be much happier with licking my fingers after I ate one…or 3…of these things instead.


Wenderly July 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

I love * anything* coffee…but I especially LOVE sweet treats made with coffee! Yum!


Amy | She Wears Many Hats July 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

Drooling over here … The cake alone sounds perfect, and the icing take it over the top.


Maris (In Good taste) July 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

I so want to lick this screen right now but i will do the next best thing and make them this afternoon!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 19, 2011 at 4:10 am

Yes I do want to lick the screen! I used to love Vietnamese coffee.


Sanjeeta kk July 19, 2011 at 1:02 am

Ya…am already licking the screen :) Mmmm…love that cinnamon dust on the cupcakes.


Cookin' Canuck July 19, 2011 at 12:29 am

Oh, Deb – these are positively evil. I can imagine snacking on some of these on a lazy afternoon.


Brian @ A Thought For Food July 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

These do look incredibly addictive, though I bet I would be more than satisfied with just a heaping spoon of the glaze.


foodwanderings July 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

OMG this look so good and what a coincidence though not a dessert just made a Vietnamese marinade for dinner tomorrow. Sitting overnight in the fridge!


Debra July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

ooooooo Shulie ~ will be waiting to hear about that recipe!!


Marla July 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

These would certainly not last long here either. Used to frequent a Vietnamese restaurant that served iced coffee like this. Cupcakes would be unbelievable!


Debra July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Marla ~ i know you don’t do the whole sugar thing and i totally get it . . . but these are the bees knees!!


Notyet100 July 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

They look delicious


Barbara | Creative Culinary July 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I think I made these last year…and I did love them. But right now Deb; that icing is the thing doing it for me. I could make it and sit down with a bowl and a spoon. Yes, I could. I won’t but I could.


Debra July 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

yep Barb, same here – that icing is killer all by little ol’ self!


adryon July 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Mike would flip over these! He LOVES Vietnamese coffee. Now I’m gonna have to bake him a batch of these cupcakes!


Debra July 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Girl ~ these are to die for . . . highly, highly recommend!!


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