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Vietnamese Coffee Cupcakes

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Vietnamese coffee has such a strong aroma and flavor, so it goes great in desserts! I'm sort of obsessed with turning my favorite drinks into baked goods.

Vietnamese Coffee


  • 3 tbsp Vietnamese coffee grounds

  • 350 ml hot water


  1. Fill coffee phin with coffee grounds. Screw in the filter.

  2. Cover top of heat-safe glass with filled coffee phin. Slowly pour hot water into the coffee phin. Allow coffee to slowly drip into the glass. Repeat process twice.

  3. Refrigerate coffee.

Cupcake Batter


  • 300 ml Vietnamese coffee, chilled

  • 1 tbsp vinegar

  • 150 ml plant milk (1/2 cup)

  • 70 g vegetable or canola oil

  • 310 g flour

  • 130 g sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 60 g apple sauce


  1. In a large bowl, combine plant milk, vinegar, and oil. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow milk to curdle.

  2. Add Vietnamese coffee, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.

  3. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until it's just combined (don't mix too much).

  4. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line cupcake tin with liners. Fill liners 2/3 of the way with batter (I used an ice cream scoop).

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The tops should be bouncy and you should be able to stick a tooth pick through the center and pull it out clean. If texture is not ready, bake for longer.

  6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Vietnamese Coffee Buttercream


  • 226 g plant butter (around 1 cup)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 200 g powdered sugar (you might use less/more)

  • 6-8 tbsp Viet coffee, chilled


  1. Cream butter using stand mixer/electric mixer until fluffy.

  2. Add in vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Mix using stand mixer/stand mixer until sugar is well combined. Continue adding sugar until you reach desired texture and sweetness.

  3. Add in Viet coffee 1 tbsp at a time until you reach desired color, texture, and taste. You can also use a concentrated instant coffee mixture (like the ones used in dalgona coffee) to make a stronger coffee flavor.


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