Brown Sugar Coffee Cupcakes

It's that lovey-dovey time of year again. I've been described many times over the years as a compassionate person, a loving person. I'm that individual who cries for anyone who is hurting or in need. Lately however, with the stresses of my job and moving to a new city, I've been frustrated because I know I am lacking in the loving of others department. It's a trait that can be frustrating at times--wearing your heart on your sleeve and all that--but it's one I've always been grateful for because I love loving others. I love making someone's day and being able to bless them in a time of need. 

Because I've been lacking in this department lately, I decided I needed to do something to get myself in the Valentine's Day spirit. My solution? Bake. Maybe not the most obvious of solutions, but baking always lifts my spirits and gives me a good excuse to share something with others.


I am trying out a few recipes in the hopes of sharing them with coworkers this week and decided to mix and match a few recipes to come up with these tasty Brown Sugar Coffee Cupcakes. I actually messed up my measurements but they still turned out to be the best textured cupcakes I have ever made. 

Brown Sugar Coffee Cupcake Recipe

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp black coffee
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular milk works too)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar, egg, vanilla and coffee until smooth. Add milk until combined then pour in melted butter.

Next add the baking soda and salt, mix well. Last of all, add the flour and stir until smooth.

Fill your cupcake pan with liners and scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely and frost or leave plain.

I didn't realize how muffin-like these would taste. They are sweet but not overwhelmingly so, which makes them ideal for a breakfast muffin or for a dessert with cream cheese frosting.


This recipe made 12 cupcakes, of which only 6 remain less than 24 hours later. Yes, they were that good. I hope you all find some way to love on friends, family and even the strangers you come in contact with this week. And may you have a very lovely Valentine's Day.

From Austin, With Love