Mini cappuccino cakes and vanilla bean ice cream

I was planning to bake these for our New Year's dessert but got sidetracked ( another word for "I'm too lazy to bake " ) .

Also , I can't find the silicone mould that I've been planning to use at that time ( a good excuse ) 

I stumbled upon my two silicone moulds few days ago while I was looking for something else . I really should organize my baking pans and tins ! 

Or just stop buying more baking paraphernalia  !

I profess my love to instant coffee and last year , some generous soul gave me both ground and whole coffee beans . But I only use it for making ice cream not for drinking . Go figure ! I bet coffee afficionados are rolling their eyes lol 

Currently , I'm using  UCC instant coffee and I used it in this recipe instead of espresso . Much as I love it for my daily dosage of caffeine this winter , in this cake , it didn't shine through . I think it's not strong enough . Maybe a good quality instant espresso is a must for making this coffee cake . Good thing there's Kahlua in there ! 

The day before I baked these cakes , I made this vanilla bean ice cream . It's the 3rd time that I've made it and this from someone who didn't like vanilla-flavored ice cream before ! Trust me , if you've eaten a real vanilla ice cream , you'll never go back for store-bought .

Muted coffee flavor aside , this cake is easy to make , not too sweet , oil is used so the texture is very moist and not-so dense . I love it with my usual milky coffee but pairing it with ice cream is heaven ! 

Are you a coffee drinker ? 

I love coffee but I can live without it . 

What about you ? 

Cappuccino cake ( please check full recipe at King Arthur  )

 Makes 16 mini cakes 

For the topping : Stir together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee , set aside .

For the cake :

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoon Kahlua

* Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C . Lightly butter the 16 silicone moulds or tins , sprinkle the prepared sugar and coffee mixture into each moulds and tap out excess .  

* In a large mixing bowl , combine the flour , sugar baking powder , baking soda , salt and instant coffee . Use a whisk to combine ingredients together . 

* Add eggs , oil and milk . Using a handheld mixer , beat on high speed for 2 minutes , stop and scrape the bowl . Add the Kahlua and beat for 2 minutes . 

* Pour the batter , about 2/3 full , in each individual moulds . Bake for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean . Let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes then turn it out onto the rack to cool completely .    

Vanilla bean ice cream , recipe adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

2 cups whole milk
4 teaspoons tapioca starch
1 1/2 ounces / 42 grams cream cheese , softened
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 vanilla bean , split and seeds scraped
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

* In a small bowl , combine 2 tablespoons of the milk with the starch , mix well . In a large bowl , whisk cream cheese until smooth  , set aside .

* In a large saucepan , combine the remaining milk with the heavy cream , sugar , corn syrup , the vanilla bean and seeds . Bring mixture to a rolling boil and cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes . Remove from heat . and gradually whisk in the starch mixture . Bring mixture back to a boil , stirring with a heat-proof spatula until slightly-thickened , about 1 minute . Remove from heat and gradually whisk into the cream cheese until smooth . Place bowl over an ice bath to cool completely , stirring from time to time .

* Remove the vanilla bean and pour mixture into the ice cream machine . Churn for 30 minutes . Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight .


  1. Love your mini bundt pans! The cakes look wonderful and perfect to serve with homemade ice cream.

  2. I loveeeeee coffee and if morning I couldnt get a cup of it.....I think I cant get through the day and my mind would be in a daze! I love coffee on cakes too and it makes the cakes smell and taste wonderful yummy.

  3. These are gorgeous, Anne! They are so tempting! I am a coffee drinker and i can't live without it :))

  4. Both also sound good! Can courier some to me, hehehe..

  5. I have some new moulds given for Christmas and I am thinking about your recipe:)
    I am not a big fan of coffee, let's say I could live without it but from time to time-why not!

  6. Hi Anne!

    Do you know how "bad" you are, lol...No not because of the coffee caper. I'm rolling my eyes at those scrumptious cappuccino cakes AND the thought of that ice cream. I don't even like vanilla ice cream and, I'm no ice cream maker but my daughter "swears" homemade vanilla ice cream is thee best!!! Never mind that it's freezing outside, I want this NOW!!! It looks and sounds heavenly and may just be what I need to erase these winter blues:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne. Please pass it all this way! Yes, I need them all, lol...

  7. P.S. I've been meaning to tell you how much I like your camera backdrop:)

  8. I love those mini bundt moulds of yours, and I know I will love the cake too as I can't do without my coffee! I am not an ice cream addict but I would eat that too if I have some right now:D

  9. Wow, I need to have a plate of this right away.

  10. So glad to have stumbled across your blog. I love coffee but the hot one somehow doesn't suit me. I recently posted Espresso Cookies coz baking is one way I can enjoy it. These mini cakes sound awesome and I am going to try them very soon.

  11. i love the photo of the ice cream in the scoop! it would b really nice if i can eat it now..hmm..cream cheese..yum!

  12. Hi Anne,
    Both the cake and the ice cream are making me drool. Homemade ice cream is the best, and I actually love vanilla ice cream, the perfect flavour with just any desserts! and that book is still on my wish-list! sigh.....!!
    I love coffee, I could go without it for a day or two, and then I will start thinking about it every minute!

  13. Double feature? Cake AND ice cream? I am sold! They both look so good! :)

  14. Hi Anne, How're U doin ? LOL WOW ! Now this post is really making me regeret my MIA ! Looks so decadent with my favorite , cappuccino not forgetting the yummy ice-cream ! Heavenly YUM! ;)

  15. Hoy tengo una celebraciòn y harè sus hermosas tortas de Capucchino realmente espectacular,saludos amiga.


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