Key Points:

Makes 12

100g butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

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1 tsp ground espresso

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

2 Tbs sour cream

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup ground almonds

1 Tbs milk

Icing

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25g softened butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup icing sugar

boiling water to mix

Espresso syrup

1 short black (or 2 tsp espresso mixed with 3 Tbs boiling water)

1 Tbs caster sugar

1

Preheat oven to 190C. Cream the butter, vanilla, espresso and sugar until pale. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

2

Fold in the sour cream then the flour and almonds. Add the milk, a little more if necessary to produce a mixture that falls from the spoon.

3

Line a muffin tin with patty cases and fill. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Cool.

4

Make the icing by mixing all the ingredients together and beating with electric beaters until smooth, then ice.

5

Bring the espresso, water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Let cool before drizzling on each cupcake.