Thanking Teacher Cupcakes


Thanking people is important to me. I am very thankful for you, my wonderful readers who stop by and take time to read my posts. As a parent with three children, all now in their teen years, I am very grateful to all the teachers who have taught and nurtured them over the years. As the Summer term comes to a close I have created this Thanking Teacher Cupcakes recipe as a way to say thank you for all of their dedicated work.

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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes a delicious way to show your appreciation.

Thanking Teacher Cupcakes a delicious light vanilla sponge, with added chocolate chips. Chocolate buttercream is then swirled on top and they are decorated with  Elizabeth Shaw  wrapped mint milk chocolate crisps!

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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes easy to make.

I know that for most of the country, these past few days have been extremely hot. You will be relieved to know that these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes are very easy and quick to make, so the oven won’t be on for too long!

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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes so pretty, yet ideal for both male and female teachers.

Making these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes is something you can do with your children and they make a unique homemade gift.

I have friends and family that are teachers and while they all really appreciate the gifts they are given, sometimes they receive enough bubble bath to see them through the year.

So send in a batch of these delicious cupcakes and everyone in the staff room can have a treat with their morning cuppa at break time.

Recipe: Makes 15-18 Thanking Teacher Cupcakes

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

3 Free Range Large Eggs

175g/6oz Plain Flour

1.5tsp Baking Powder

2tbsp Milk – Whole or Semi Skimmed

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate Chips or Chunks

For the buttercream:

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

350g/12oz Plain Icing Sugar – sifted

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder – sifted

2tbsp Very Hot Water

1 box Elizabeth Shaw Mint Chocolate Crisps

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

  • First of all, line 2 deep 12 hole cupcake/muffin tins with 18 cupcake cases.
  • Into a large bowl add the sugar, salt and butter.
  • Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla, eggs, milk and sift in the flour and baking powder.
  • Whisk/beat on a low speed until all the ingredients have just combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips/chunks and fold into the cake batter using a spoon.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the cupcake cases, so that the cases are half full. My cases are very deep, you may easily get 18 cupcakes from the batter.
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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes ready for the oven.
  • Place the trays in the middle and lower half of the oven and bake for 25-30minutes. Mine took 30 minutes exactly.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are a light golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly.
  • Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven.
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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes beautifully baked with flat tops.
  •  Leave the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, so that you don’t burn yourself and then remove and place on a cooling rack.

Making the buttercream:

  • In the bowl containing the sifted icing sugar and cocoa add the butter and hot water.
  • Slowly whisk until all of the ingredients are combined and then increase the whisk speed to high. Continue whisking for 5 minutes, the buttercream will have doubled in size and be lighter in colour.
  • You can spoon some chocolate buttercream on to the cupcakes, or for a pretty finish, fit a piping bag with a large star tip.
  • Fill the piping bag with the chocolate buttercream and pipe swirls and roses on to the top of the cupcakes.
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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes with delicious chocolate buttercream frosting.
  • Now all you need to do is adorn them with the chocs! I think the beautiful blue colour looks so pretty against the chocolate background.
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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes elegant and delicious, the perfect thank you.

Pack the cupcakes into specially designed cupcake boxes, available from good cake decorating shops and online, or pack them into saved Christmas sweet/biscuit tins. You could even decorate the tins with tissue paper and ribbon. I’ll leave that to you though. Arts and crafts are definitely not my gifts!!!

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Thanking Teacher Cupcakes a pretty, perfect, treat!

These Thanking Teacher Cupcakes are a wonderful way to say thank you to all the teachers that dedicate so much of their time and energy whilst educating our children.

They would also make a great gift for nurses and doctors, who have looked after a loved one whilst in hosptial, the vetinary surgery who have cared for your pets. Whoever you want to thank, these cupcakes really do make a wonderful gift.

Thank you teachers and all the support staff that work so hard in our schools.

If you have enjoyed these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes here are some other recipes you might like:

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes topped with edible pearls.

Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes

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Springtime Vanilla Cupcakes almost too pretty to eat.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

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Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes so delicious.

Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes – Gluten Free

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Marshmallow Frosted Mango Cupcakes 100% Gluten Free

Only a couple of days until the school summer holidays. I don’t know about you, but I love having my children – now in their teens – at home.

They seem to spend such a lot of time at school/college and then working on homework in the evenings. It’s a great opportunity to chill out, throw the rules out of the window, fill the huge inflatable pool and enjoy feasting and having fun as a family.

Whatever the summer holds for you, enjoy the longer days, open windows and bird song. Take time to watch the butterflies and bees fly and flutter about their buisiness. Enjoy this beautiful world that we live in.

Sammie xx

Elizabeth Shaw provided the chocolates for this recipe. All content, photographs, opinions and views are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.



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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake


There are many classic flavour combinations; strawberries and cream, rhubarb and custard, apple and cinnamon. And they don’t need tinkering with because they work so well together. Rather like this delicious Classic Coffee And Walnut Cake.

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Recently a few people have asked if I have a Classic Coffee Walnut Cake recipe and while it’s a cake that I’ve baked many times over the years, I realised it wasn’t on here. So, in a attempt to rectify that and make my Father – in – law’s favourite cake, here it is.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake a real treat.

Baking Cakes To Share

While I tried to make this cake relatively small as it will be shared between two people, in reality I failed! Although this cake was baked in my small 7 inch sandwich tins, I have packed so many walnuts into the centre, this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake will easily feed 8 people!

Alternatively, if you would prefer a slightly smaller cake (don’t laught at me) I suggest cutting down on the walnuts – not the cake 😉.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake a delicious thank you gift.

Baking; A Form Of Therapy

Hubby is, as I write this, undergoing a hospital procedure and as a way of distracting myself and thanking my wonderful in – laws for taking him, I made this cake. I am also trying to distract myself by writing this post – I’ll have to see how much editing is needed at the end to know how well I managed.

As I mentioned I have made lots of coffee and walnut cakes over the years and I do usually add chopped walnuts to the cake batter. Yet, in this instance, especially as the cake sponges are quite small, I decided to pack chopped walnuts into the centre of the sandwich cake. Because this cake was made to be given away, now I’ve made it I really fancy a slice!!! Expect another coffee cake recipe on here soon 😉.

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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake plenty of delicious, toasted, chopped walnuts fill the centre of this cake.

The Beauty Of Buttercream Icing

Also, I made a mistake whilst decorating this cake. After piping the 8 swirls around the edge, I piped a monstrously hideous circle in the centre. While I photographed the cake I became more and more disheartened by this huge swirl of buttercream spoiling the look of the cake. Fortunately, this is where buttercream is a dream to work with – using a small palette knife it lifted right off the cake. I then dusted the cake with icing sugar and replaced a single walnut half, with a dob of buttercream in the centre.

Sometimes less is more (never with glitter!) and that was definitely the case with this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake.

I have shown you a photograph of the centre of the cake as this could easily be the top. If you aren’t confident piping buttercream just use half in the middle and spread half on top of the cake. There are plenty of walnuts in the recipe, enough for you to chop and cover both the middle and top layers and your cake will still look delicious and inviting.

Recipe: Makes one Classic Coffee Walnut Cake – serves 8

For the cake sponges:

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

3 Large Free Range Eggs

2tsp Instant Coffee dissolved in 2tbsp/30ml boiling water

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use NIELSEN-MASSEY

1/4tsp Salt

150g/5oz Plain Flour – self raising can be substituted DO NOT add extra baking powder

1tsp Baking Powder

For the buttercream:

2tsp Instant Coffee liquid – leftover from sponge recipe (or 1tsp vanilla extract)

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter

300g/11oz Icing Sugar Sifted plus 2 teaspoonful for dusting the cake

125g/4.5oz Walnut Halves

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3, 325F

Making And Baking The Coffee Cake Sponges

  • First of all butter 2 x 7″ (17cm) sandwich tins and line with baking parchment.
  • Place the instant coffee into a cup and add 30ml of boiling water. Stir to dissolve and set to one side to cool.
  • In a large bowl add the butter and sugar. Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the 3 eggs, vanilla extract and 3 teaspoons of the cooled liquid coffee. Whisk/beat for 2 minutes until combined.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just incorporated. This will ensure a very light sponge.
  • Divide the batter equally between the 2 prepared cake tins. Use may use digital scales to ensure your quantities are even, or just eyeball it as I did.
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Two coffee cakes ready for the oven.
  • Bake the cakes in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • The sponges are baked when they are golden brown and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven, place the tins on a cooling rack and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes.
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Beautiful cooked coffee cakes.
  • When they are cool enough to handle turn the cakes out of their tins, ensuring one sponge is the right way up, for the top of the cake.
  • Allow the turned our sponges to cool completely before assembling the cake.
  • Place the walnut halves on to a baking tray and place in the hot oven for 5 minutes to toast. Remove and leave to cool on the baking tray.

Making The Icing And Decorating The Coffee And Walnut Cake

  • Place the butter, sifted icing sugar and 3 teaspoons of liquid coffee into a large bowl.
  • Whisk until pale and creamy. Taste the buttercream, add more coffee if desired.
  • When cooled place the bottom half of your cake, flat side up, onto a cake stand or board.
  • Using a palette knife spread half of the buttercream over the sponge, not quite reaching the edges.
  • Set aside 10 nice walnut halves to decorate the top of the cake ( it’s always good to have one spare 😉)
  • Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and place on top of the buttercream.
  • Place the top half of you cake, rounded side up, on top of the bottom half.
  • Fit an icing bag with a French star tip (or whatever tip you prefer).
  • Fill the icing bag with the remaining buttercream.
  • Pipe 8 small swirls equally around the top edge of the cake. Pipe the same small swirl in the centre.
  • Top the buttercream swirls with walnut halves.
  • Pipe little swirls around the middle of the cake, where it is sandwiched together for a pretty finish.
  • Dust with a little icing sugar.
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Classic Coffee Walnut Cake light coffee sponge with toasted walnuts.

Classic Coffee Walnut Cake such a beautifully delicious, easy cake to make and the perfect gift for any coffee cake lover.

Store the cake in an airtight container, in the fridge during hot weather. Eat within four days.

Thank you

I love my husbands parents very much. Hubby and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year. My relationship with my in – laws has not always been smooth or plain sailing. We have been through a lot together and I honestly love and respect them as if they were my own parents.

Thank you Ma and Pa, we couldn’t have gotten through the last 20 years and especially the last year without you x.

I really enjoy baking for other people. It’s such a fantastic feeling when you see the look of surprise and joy on their face when I give them a cake, or whatever goody I have baked. Finally, hubby should be home soon and I have managed to keep myself distracted whilst he has been gone.

Do you enjoy baking for others?

If you’ve enjoyed this Classic Coffee Walnut Cake then you may also want to take a peek at these recipes:

Raspberry Almond Cream Cake

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Raspberry Almond Cream Cake

Strawberries and Cream Cake

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Strawberries and Cream Cake

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake 

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

I’d love to see photos of any bakes that you have made as gifts. Please pop a pic on Twitter or Instagram and tag me in. Likewise, do you have a story linked to a special bake? Also tell me about it in the comments section, I love reading all of your comments.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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The cake below features vanilla icing and a sprinkle of edible holographic glitter. Substitute the coffee in the buttercream icing recipe for one teaspoon of vanilla extract. While the addition of sparkles is your choice!


Vanilla buttercream iced coffee and walnut cake finished with edible holographic glitter.

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