Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes

5 min read JUL 07, 2022

Caramel macchiato cupcakes are trendy delicacies that combine the craftiness of a classic cake favorite with the flair of a caramel macchiato. 

It might seem a daunting task to find a recipe that successfully pairs cake, coffee, and caramel to work together in perfect harmony instead of trying to compete against each other.           

So whether you’re a cake connoisseur or a coffee enthusiast, we’re here to assist you. This article illustrates the relationship between coffee and pastries so you can make an informed decision about how to bake a caramel macchiato cupcake that suits you.

Below, we describe the history of coffee and pastries, the essential ingredients to look for in a caramel macchiato cupcake, and how to prepare and decorate the perfect one. 

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Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes

caramel macchiato cupcakes recipes

If you’re interested in caramel macchiato cupcakes, it helps if you understand the relationship between coffee and pastries and how we enjoy them as two complimentary treats or as one combined treat.

Coffee and Pastry   

Many cafes entice customers by serving coffee together with small biscuits. The type of biscuits could range from either small butter cakes or fudge to brownies or biscotti to make the coffee experience truly unforgettable.

This works because coffee is intrinsically bitter, so having something sweet and sugary to go along with it balances out the harsh flavors and makes for a more enjoyable experience.   

Coffee and Pastry Combined

In our modern age, many consumers have a preference for pastries that have been made with coffee. The taste of the coffee, especially if made from dark roast coffee beans, pairs beautifully with sweet, crisp desserts, making it a no-brainer to try and combine the two.

Some of our favorite sweet treats made even better be adding coffee are caramel macchiato banana bread, macchiato caramel cookies, caramel macchiato cake, and macchiato & caramel cheesecake.

caramel macchiato cupcakes recipe

Macchiato Cupcakes vs Coffee Cupcakes

A macchiato cupcake is essentially an exotic name for an espresso cupcake. But that comes along with some extra flair.

These cupcakes have a milkier flavor and added caramel for a nutty sweetness.

Infusing a Cupcake with Coffee

Before you indulge in a caramel macchiato cupcake you need to understand the various ways you can infuse a cupcake with coffee.

It’s important to get to grips with the various infusion methods, otherwise, your cupcake might end up being tasteless, bitter, or with the coffee taste overwhelming the distinctness of the cupcake.

Coffee Buttercream

One of the easiest ways to infuse your cupcake taste with coffee is to add espresso to your buttercream frosting.

Whichever style of buttercream you choose, espresso can be added to the buttercream frosting and beaten for another 2 minutes before it is ready to spread or pipe on top of the cupcake.

The look of the buttercream is important as its coffee-brown color together with the caramel drizzle could seduce your guests into diving into the cupcake.   

Coffee Cupcake with Coffee Syrup

Another way to infuse a cupcake with coffee is to include espresso in the batter and adding a coffee syrup to the cupcake after it’s baked.

The syrup, depending on what recipe you choose to use, can be made with espresso, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla extract. After the cupcakes have been baked, brush the syrup over them while they’re still warm.     

Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream  

A third possibility is to combine a baked coffee cupcake with added coffee buttercream. In addition, you can even add the coffee syrup before you add the buttercream frosting to ensure that the cupcake is moist when served.

Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes Recipe

recipe of caramel macchiato cupcakes

The following recipe is suggested to make a caramel macchiato cupcake, taking account of the aforementioned principles. The coffee syrup could be added at your discretion.

For your espresso, try out Lifeboost Coffee’s Caramel Macchiato coffee beans to add an extra dimension to your cupcakes.



  • 1 shot espresso (or 2 tsp espresso powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp hot water);
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk; 
  • 1¼ cups flour; 
  • a pinch of baking soda; 
  • a pinch of salt; 
  • ½ pound of granulated sugar; 
  • 5 tablespoons butter; 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; 
  • 2 large eggs; 
  • caramel syrup


  • ½ cup unsalted butter; 
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted; 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; 
  • 2 tablespoons milk; 
  • 2 tablespoons espresso; 
  • food coloring; 
  • caramel syrup             


  • If you’re using powder, combine espresso and boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and stir with a whisk.
  • Place granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in a bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture.
  • Place the mixture into 12 muffin cupcakes and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Buttercream Directions:

  • Cream the butter in a stand mixer with a paddle until fluffy, gradually add sugar and also vanilla extract; add milk and beat for another 3 minutes. 
  • add espresso and beat another 2 minutes and a few seconds more for the added food coloring.
  • Pipe the buttercream frosting over the baked cupcakes after they’ve had time to cool and drizzle caramel syrup over the buttercream
  • Add sprinkles over the caramel drizzled buttercream and serve 
recipe for caramel macchiato cupcakes


    There are various ways in which to prepare an irresistible caramel macchiato cupcake, whether by including espresso in your buttercream frosting, into the cupcake mix itself, or to add espresso to both the buttercream and the cupcake mix.

    You can top off the coffee cupcake by drizzling exquisite caramel over the buttercream, which caramel taste will more than compliment the cupcake’s buttercream and coffee taste.

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