Cappuccino-Flavored Rose Cupcakes

Cakes, Desserts, Spring

I learned a lot of lessons from making these cupcakes. The number one thing: if you’re a creative person, surround yourself with people who will be brutal with you. It’s important.

After attempting to make buttercream roses last year and getting super frustrated, I gave up. But last month, I decided to do my research, get the right piping tip (hello Wilton #104 is your friend) and try again. I piped out one “rose” and I thought it looked pretty good. I texted it to Billy and asked him how it looked. I was assuming he was gonna go, “GREAT! YOU’RE SO TALENTED!” Instead, this man goes, “these look like foreskins.”


But the more I looked at them, the more I agreed. The more I was thankful to my friend for telling me the truth before I put a whole dozen of foreskin-looking cupcakes out into the blogsphere. He saved me, you know? Very grateful.

I learned what I was doing wrong. I was facing the #104 tip’s larger side to the sky versus to the floor. It’s super important and will completely change the look of the petals. You want those sort of lacy petals and the thinner side facing the sky will give you that.

It’s a simple change that transformed them from foreskin to petals!! AMAZING!

The cupcakes themselves taste like fluffy, clouds of espresso. I used my new Nespresso machine (more on that soon!). It’s so beautiful and looks gorgeous in the new kitchen. But feel free to head to your local coffee shop and buy a double shot of espresso. We use it in the cupcake batter and the frosting itself.

I’ve finally decided that I love white cakes that have butter and oil. All butter cakes can sometimes be a bit too dry. And all oil cakes are always missing that butter flavor. So, here we are, with one of my favorite white cakes. It has both: butter and oil. Not too heavy, not too oil, not too dry. Just right.

These cupcakes act like a cappuccino. The espresso batter is at the bottom of the cupcake and the top is “foam.”

You may think we have to make two batters but I would never do that to us. We make one batter, divide it into two and fold espresso into one of the bowls. The two different kinds of batter is layered and that’s it!

The buttercream is rose-colored but tastes like espresso. It’s glorious.

If you need some more tutorial help re: the buttercream flowers, this Youtube video is super helpful. Here are the supplies I used:

Wilton #104 Tip
Sturdy Piping Bags

Cappuccino-Flavored Rose Cupcakes

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: 18 cupcakes


Cappuccino Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons espresso, at room temperature

Cappuccino Buttercream:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon espresso, at room temperature
  • 1 drops red food coloring gel, if you’re using regular food coloring, you may need to use more than one drop


To Make the Cupcakes:

  • Line 18 cupcake tins with liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk and whisk in the egg whites and vanilla extract.
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, add the butter, oil and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.
  • Alternating between the buttermilk mixture and the dry mix, add them to the butter mixture, until combined.
  • Remove 1 1/2 cups of batter and pour that into medium bowl and set aside (this is going to be the vanilla flavored). To the batter in the stand-up mixer, pour in the espresso and mix until just combined, about 15 seconds.
  • Add two tablespoons of the espresso-flavored cake batter to each of the cupcake liners. And then top each cupcake with a tablespoon of the vanilla-flavored batter. Using a teaspoon, smooth out any messy cupcakes. If they’re a little messy, it’s totally fine—they bake up kind of marbled-looking and it’s great.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

To Make the Cappuccino Buttercream:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter, sifted powdered sugar and pinch of salt. Cover the stand-up mixer with a clean kitchen towel and start the mixer. This prevents a bunch of powdered sugar from flying everywhere. Beat until combined, about 1 minute.
  • Pour in the vanilla extract and espresso; beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the food coloring and adjust to your liking. If you want it more blush rose, add a teeny bit of brown coloring gel.

To Decorate the Cupcakes:

  • When the cupcakes are completely cool, decorate them how you like. I obviously did roses, but you don’t have to do that! Get creative. Or make it simple.
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And here is the foreskin-looking like cupcake by popular demand!

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  • Reply Rhonda Murray April 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Hi there, this is SO beautiful. Thank you for taking the time!!!
    *May I ask where the faceted porcelain cups were purchased?!

  • Reply kristin April 12, 2018 at 3:55 am

    LOL. well, these cupcakes definitely don’t look like foreskins, hah! they look great!

  • Reply Cassie Thuvan Tran April 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Wow, that’s an interesting response to a baking attempt, haha! Good things come out of criticism, I guess! Anyways, this batch of cupcakes looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the shape of the roses as well as the pastel pink color. I really want to make this vegan-friendly and see if I can use a vegan batter cupcake base and vegan butter for the frosting!

  • Reply jayden April 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Billy you have done it the best, must try it

  • Reply Poltava March 20, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Oh, So beautiful cupcakes! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  • Reply Jenn March 15, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Wow, these look amazing! I’m going to make them for my husband’s birthday, he’s a coffee fiend. Thank you for giving us tips to make the roses AND foreskin cupcakes, haha

  • Reply pinkcity royals March 15, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Mouth watering!!!
    Its look so yummy…i will try it on this weekend.As “When you share a cupcake, you share love.”Like other delicious & healthy dishes click below the link:

  • Reply The Foodie Journey March 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    So pretty!!

  • Reply Becca March 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I want to see foreskin cupcakes! Am I alone in this?

  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven March 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Ummmm……LOL I guess that it’s good to have honest friends….and I’m glad you figured out what you were doing wrong with the icing. I think your cupcakes look pretty, and I love how the cakes themselves look, like espressos! That’s too cool!

  • Reply aimee March 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    ha! well thank goodness for Billy! The end result is gorgeous – and I agree with you 100% on using both butter and oil in cakes. Just makes them dreamy.

  • Reply JB March 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Gorgeous! But…we want to see the ones that looked like foreskin.

  • Reply Susan March 14, 2018 at 11:05 am

    YES! I totally agree about all butter cakes versus cakes made with oil. This is the perfect solution. I’ve revised a few recipes trying to achieve this balance (some wins, lots of losses!) . Thanks for giving me a white cake option that’s already tested.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Yes! Use this white cake recipe for everything. It’s my new base recipe for a white cake. I can’t wait to make all the things with it.

  • Reply Ella March 14, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Dying to see the foreskin cupcakes… 😀

  • Reply The Novice March 14, 2018 at 5:29 am

    “These look like foreskins” is now my new favourite phrase LOL!
    These look amazing, though. Good job!

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