Coffee and cashew cupcakes

by Sunita on February 16, 2010

I don’t like coffee. OOPS! It is probably not the best way of starting a post with something I don’t like, and trying to promote a recipe with that unloved ingredient in it! But wait, please don’t run away. I don’t like coffee, as in drinking a cup of coffee, but,adding it to bakes is another matter altogether.

I don’t drink tea or coffee and am a teetoteller. I do receive some raised eyebrows now and then when I refuse them and mention that I don’t have any at all. I tried tea just the once when I was a teenager, most probably to find out what the fuss was all about. Growing up in a house, like so many others, where a cup of tea was the first thing in the morning everybody else reached out for, I had to find out the reason as to why everyone around me was glued to it. What was it that drew everyone towards it? After all, I do come from a place(Assam) which produces some of the finest teas (Assam tea) in the world. My maternal grandparents house were near tea gardens and I loved the rows and rows of tea plants on either sides of the road on the drive to their place.  I still don’t know whether that particular cup of tea was prepared badly or whether my palate repulsed it, but I’ve never touched another cup of tea since then. It’s the same story with coffee, have never developed the taste for it. As for the alcohol, the lesser said the better. Yes, I am a bit ‘wierd’ like that. But, that’s me, I guess. But, don’t worry, I do make a mean cup of tea, so you won’t be deprived if you ever happen to come to our house. Likewise for the other two.

Now, let’s get back to the coffee. The other day, while walking around in the town centre, I stopped at our local Whittards of Chelsea shop, merchants specialising in English, green and herbal tea as well as gourmet and flavoured coffee. I don’t know, why, but the old fashioned look of the shop was very appealing and I just popped in. On entering, I was greeted immediately with the aromas of freshly roasted coffee. I didn’t like coffee, remember?  And Dinesh is more of a tea person. So, what exactly was I doing here? Well, you see, I like coffee when added to baked goodies and there were so many varieties to choose from. After a lot of looking and smelling this and that, I settled on some strong roast old brown Java. The smell was so heady, it permeated every corner of my kitchen shelves.

Today, I brought them out, thinking of making a cake, but decided on cupcakes instead. I ground a few of the beans and added to the batter along with ground cashew nuts. The coffee was so strong that I feared the flavour would be overpowering. Hence, I was quite cautious, in fact, over cautious, I guess. On hindsight, I could have probably added a little bit more; ah well, there’s always a next time. The coffee and cashew cupcakes had a very mild coffee  flavour.

What’s needed-

2 eggs, separated
5 tblsp of sugar( I used raw cane sugar)
a pinch of salt
3 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil
6 tblsp of whole wheat flour (atta)
1 tsp ground coffee ( I used old brown java, strong roast) * note- add a little more for a prominent coffee flavour
4 tblsp of ground cashew nuts
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
7 whole cashew nuts for topping

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a cup cake tray ( I got seven big cupcakes from the above ingredients)
  2. Beat the egg whites with the salt till very stiff and keep aside.
  3. Beat together the egg yolks and sugar till pale and thick. Beat in the oil.
  4. Mix together the flour, ground cashews, baking powder and soda. Add this mixture, gradually, alternating with the beaten egg whites, into the yolk mixture. Do this till everything is used up.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners three fourths of the way and arrange a whole cashew nut on the top.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20-22 minutes or til the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted through the centre of the cupcakes come out clean.
  7. Cool the cupcakes in the tray for a minute and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

The cupcakes puffed up beautifully and had a great crumb. And yes, I liked it too. But next time, a little more coffee will do no harm.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Milli February 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I love your website! such nice pics and content.You are very talented!


2 Sunita February 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Milli, glad you like my humble space :-)


3 Rosa February 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

The flavor of good coffee is irreplaceable! Those cupcakes must be delicious!




4 Sunita February 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Rosa, yes we lobed the cupcakes :-)


5 Swathi February 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm


I love coffee, So I will give a try to this one. You made my day.


6 Sunita February 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Do give it a try,Swathi :-)


7 Rathnam February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Hi Sunita,

Mouthwatering pics. I’m also like you, no coffee, no tea and coke etc.



8 Sunita February 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thanks :-)


9 Sarah, Maison Cupcake February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I don’t drink tea or coffee either so you are not alone. I like the coffee cremes in boxes of chocolates though! Never thought of pairing coffee with cashew but it looks like a good match.


10 Sunita February 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Sarah, glad to know that I’m not alone ;-) Give the combo a try, we loved it .


11 Neeta February 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Exquisite pics Sunita…..beyond words…..
I don’t drink tea, coffee or alcohol either, a bit “weird” me too :-)
And just like you, love the smell of good coffee and the flavor of it in
baked goods – my favorite are coffee eclairs…..these cupcakes look beautiful,
a winning combination……Very well done!


12 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Neeta :-)


13 Mythili February 17, 2010 at 12:45 am

Wow! you are like me.. and i love coffee especially with some dark chocolate. these cupcakes look delish!


14 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Thanks Mythili, glad to know I’m not alone :-)


15 Sharmilee February 17, 2010 at 4:16 am

Luv cofee falvour very much guess will surely like it!


16 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Sharmilee, do give it a try :-)


17 Nirmala February 17, 2010 at 5:34 am

Oh Sunita…This is a killer combo. And coffee flavored whippd cream also tastes great as frosting. I once made a capucino flavored tartelets and they were a hit! These cuties are a must try!


18 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Nirmala, do give them a try; I was tempted to frost the cupcakes too :-)


19 Deepa G Joshi February 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

ohh wow, what a lovely combo..excellent pics Sunita..

About and tea and coffee, even I am on a no tea no coffee spree. I must now expect all the weird looks and question..


20 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thanks deepa :-)


21 The Gypsy Chef February 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Heavenly. I can smell them from here.


22 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

pam, wish I could offer you some :-)


23 Asha@FSK February 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I don’t like cofee either but do like adding it to baked goods :) So totally get you….

Btw, I am a big tea drinker.. that morning cuppa? Yeah, I can’t function without it…:)


24 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

LOL, yes,that morning cuppa, dinesh can’t survive without it ;-)


25 Cooking Foodie February 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I was hooked at the name.. i love coffee and cashew nuts are my favorite nut. So the combination is a must bake. I will be trying these soon! Also can I add some instant espresso for more of a coffee flavor?


26 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Thanks, do give them a try. and yes, you can use espresso.


27 nandita February 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

This is an unusual combination – sounds interesting! Im a chai lover too, given that most tamilians swear by their kaapi – so I’d rather use tea in baking, but I like a bit of coffee flavour in simple tea-cakes :)
I like the sound of that old fashioned coffee shop! Pics are lovely as usual!


28 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Thanks Nandita. Yes, i love the flavour of coffee in baked goodies. And the shop, yes, it was a pretty little outlet.


29 Mowie @ Mowielicious February 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Great combination Sunita! Coffee and cashews. I bet they tasted heavenly!


30 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Yes Mo, we loved them :-)


31 spice February 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

Nice bake…great combo….I’m a NO TEA person but in summers love cold coffee……but can’t drink hot coffee…..but love it’s flavour in baking…


32 Sunita February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Thank you :-)


33 Sarka February 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

Your photos are amazing. I especially love the first photo of the coffee beans. I was thinking if I knew anyone else who doesn’t like both coffee and tea and I didn’t remember a single person. You are quite special :) I so much love smell of coffee but I drink coffee very rarely. However I can’t work without tea! Those cupcakes look scrumptious.


34 anna February 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

Ooh I’d never thought of coffee and cashew together but I bet they’re lovely. Cashews are one of my very favorite nuts! I don’t drink coffee more than once a month if that, but I require several cups of tea every day. Tea is fun to bake with, too!


35 Laura Flowers February 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

You make a pretty coffee cupcake for someone who doesn’t like coffee! Your shots are beautiful.



36 Bethany February 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

I reserve coffee drinking for emergencies however tea i do love in all its forms! These look scrummy, I guess we’ll have to share a glass of milk over them?


37 Yamini February 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

hi Sunitha,
I am the opposite of you – i love coffee! and when i saw your yummy cupcakes, the coffee lover in me was drawn to them right away! :) they look gorgeous and im sure they taste wonderful too! :)


38 Lakshmi February 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

These sound and look and cashew..what a combo!


39 Sunita February 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Thanks lakshmi, glad you like it :-)


40 Miri February 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

I don’t drink coffee and tea either – its like I’m some rare species the way people stare when I decline to have anything – especially at business meetings when they just dont take no for an answer!!

This one looks like a must try – thanks!


41 Sunita February 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Welcome to the club Miri :-D

Do give the cupcakes a try, hope you like them :-)


42 Jeanne @ Cooksister! March 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Oh wow – those sound fantastic! What a great use of coffee for non-coffee drinkers! :)


43 khadish April 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

hii sunita i am just tryin out these cupcakes…looks yummyy…was just wondering where have u mentioned about addin the coffee…did u dissolve in a bit of water or just direct granules…


44 Sunita April 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I ground the coffe beans before using them and didn’t dissolve them in water. Hope this helps :-)


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