Antony Worrall Thompson's mocha cupcakes recipe

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Mocha cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time45 mins
Cooking Time35 mins (plus cooling time)
Total Time1 hours 20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories372 Kcal19%
Sugar19.4 g22%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat15.4 g77%
Salt0.2 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein5.5 g11%
Carbohydrates30.9 g12%
Salt0.2 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These moist mocha cupcakes are flavoured with espresso-strength coffee granules. Top with a rich, creamy mascarpone icing.

Antony Worrall Thompson’s mocha cupcakes recipe makes a batch of 12 delicious, coffee-infused cupcakes. This recipe uses espresso-strength coffee granules to make sure each sponge is bursting with a deep coffee flavour.


For the mocha cupcakes:

  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 200g (7oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2tsp espresso-strength coffee granules
  • 1tbsp boiling water
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour

For the icing:

  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tbsp boiling water
  • 250g (9oz) tub mascarpone
  • 2tbsp icing sugar
  • Grated chocolate, to decorate




  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/360ºF/gas mark 4.
  2. In a food mixer or by hand, beat together the sugar and butter until pale - about 5 mins. Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water, then beat it into the butter mix. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then fold in the flour and mix briefly until combined.
  3. Line a muffin tray with paper cake cases, then divide the mixture equally between the cases, which should be about three-quarter full. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins, until risen and the sponge springs back when pushed. Allow to cool.
  4. For the icing, dissolve the cocoa powder in the boiling water, then add the mascarpone along with the icing sugar and beat until combined. Spoon or pip the icing onto the top of the cupcakes and sprinkle with grated chocolate.

Top tips for making Antony Worrall Thompson’s mocha cupcakes

Antony Worrall Thompson says "Grown-ups might want to add a dash of their favourite liqueur" to give these mocha cupcakes an alcoholic twist.

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Antony Worrall Thompson
Celebrity chef

After leaving school, Antony Worrall Thompson studied hotel management before taking his first catering job in Essex. It wasn’t long until he was in a professional kitchen though as at the young age of 27 he moved to London and became the sous-chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant on Fulham Road. Over the years Antony has produced 32 books and counting, some of which focus on good healthy eating.