Breakfast Cupcakes: Pancakes, Eggs and Coffee

Admittedly inspired by pinterest, I was going to a breakfast party for Maria’s birthday at 8:30 a.m. and it seemed appropriate to bring cupcakes that were also breakfasty. I copied the idea of topping them with tiny pancakes and starburst butter, but I added scrambled egg maple syrup icing to the top, and I made the cupcakes themselves coffee flavored because a breakfast without coffee is hardly a breakfast at all!

breakfast cupcakes

Morning Coffee Cupcakes:


  • 3 cups pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 TB espresso
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick butter


Blend wet and dry ingredients separately, then together, bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool.


Maple “Scrambled Egg” Icing:


  • 3 sticks butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • a pinch of salt


  • Let the butter get really soft
  • Whip everything together
  • Let it chill in the fridge
  • Apply to cupcakes with a spoon
  • If you wanted to make this same lovely tasting frosting look pretty (instead of looking like scrambled eggs), I think you would want to let the butter get less warm, apply it to the cakes immediately after whipping, and probably would need more confectioners’ sugar/less maple syrup to help it hold the shape… but obviously this was not my objective here

For Assembly:

  • Fry tiny pancakes, and allow them to cool
    • I used my favorite pancake mix, Arrowhead mills sweet potato pancake mix, because they’re just a little sweet and don’t need syrup (and syrup would have gotten too messy to bring the cupcakes!)
    • I made them with buttermilk and water, and made the batter quite thin, to facilitate making the tiny pancakes the right dimensions
    • Each cake got 3 pancakes, 1 big, 1 medium, 1 small, so that everything would show nicely
  • To stick them on, use just a little icing or syrup so they’ll stick
  • For butter, cut yellow starburst into really tiny pieces
  • Serve with actual coffee 🙂

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