I created this recipe when I decided to try the Starbucks cupcakes. I wanted to recreate the flavor of a caramel Machiatto. I achieved the flavor and now this rich espresso cake is a favorite and ordered frequently. It has a gorgeous color. It is a little dry but can be remedied with lots of creamy english toffee buttercream!

Fluffy & Rich Espresso Cake


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3-4 shots of good Espresso (to taste)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 teaspoon English Toffee flavoring (Or similar, butterscotch etc)


    Mix it all together until there aren’t lumps and bake in a greased/floured pan, or as cupcakes.


SHAWN525 Says... 2 May 2010 , 12:34pm

What type of icing do you pair with this cake?

Meagazz Says... 12 May 2010 , 3:20pm

I would personally use a nice chocolate buttercream! My theory in the cake world is sometimes you just have to go big or go home! ;)

babylovescake Says... 14 May 2011 , 11:15am

what about a dulce de leche buttercream.. mmmmm

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