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Coffee Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

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Making cupcakes is fun whether it’s your first time or you’ve made dozens of them. And the coolest part about making cupcakes is that they never look or taste the same; there’s an entire universe of cupcakes out there. So how do you choose?

How about making coffee mocha cupcakes? These grown-up treats are delicious. Coffee and chocolate are a great combination, so let’s see how to make these.

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What goes into coffee mocha cupcakes?

Let’s talk about the cupcake batter first, and then I’ll walk you through the frosting. For the batter, we’ll use flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, an egg, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. These are all baking staples.

The secret here is ‘waking up the batter with a cup of hot water, and better yet, with hot coffee! That’s how we’re infusing the cupcakes with the characteristic mocha flavor.

For the frosting, let’s use butter, confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, instant espresso and vanilla. This is a classic buttercream frosting amped up with coffee and chocolate flavors. Making frosting from scratch is not super easy, but I’m sure you’ll get it right!

When to make coffee mocha cupcakes?

Don’t give these chocolaty treats to your kids; there’s coffee in them. That means these are all for you and your friends. Make these for any get-together or dinner party.

These are lovely desserts and snacks for coffee time. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to make an extra batch! Everyone will love these!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Serving Size15
  • Energy316 cal


For the frosting:



Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.


In a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.


Tip in the vegetable oil and the milk and incorporate.


Add the egg and the vanilla while beating, and finally, add the hot coffee.


Pour the batter into the cupcake tin without overfilling and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.


For the buttercream frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter with sugar until frothy.


Incorporate the cocoa powder, the espresso powder and the vanilla. If too thick, drip milk into the mixture until you get the desired texture. Pour the frosting into a piping bag.


Cool the cupcakes in a rack and decorate them with the mocha frosting.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size15
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories316
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat14.3 g78 g18.33%
  • Saturated Fat5.7 g20 g28.5%
  • Cholesterol28 mg300 mg9.33%
  • Sodium171 mg2300 mg7.43%
  • Total Carbohydrate48.6 g275 g17.67%
  • Dietary Fiber1.1 g28 g3.93%
  • Total Sugars40.5 g
  • Protein2.1 g50 g4.2%
  • Calcium32 mg1300 mg2.46%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium129 mg4700 mg2.74%
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