Mocha Cupcakes

School is starting in a next week. As much as I love summer, and I love having my kids home doing fun things (or nothing at all), there is something about the rituals of a school year.

Rituals like bedtimes, homework, dinner planning, going to the gym, and most important….

Morning coffee.

I realized several years ago (okay, 15 years ago), how important it is to be awake during the day. I mean, with 4 kids I can’t certainly close my eyes anytime I want for a catnap. Not that I’m much of a napper anyways.

But coffee? Keeps me going. And I love it. With a splash of cream, thank you.

Which is probably why I like these cupcakes. They are a dark chocolate cupcake (with a hint of espresso), but the frosting? Oh my. Full fledged mocha. Chocolate and coffee buttercream. It’s like cream in my coffee.

No really, same calories too. Right?

Anyways, do you like coffee recipes? Check out these fun coffee inspired drinks and treats….

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes by Inside BruCrew Life

No Bake Mocha Cheesecake Bars by A Kitchen Addiction

Banana Rama Coffee Milkshakes by Shugary Sweets

Mocha Cupcakes

by Shugary Sweets
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients (30-36 cupcakes)

    For the Cupcake:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 2 Tbsp espresso powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk

    For the Frosting:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup
    • 5 cup powdered sugar
    In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, baking powder and espresso powder. Set aside.
    In a measuring cup, mix together cooled coffee and buttermilk. Set aside.
    In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, beating in one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients, alternating with milk mixture (about 3 additions of each). Pour batter into cupcake liners, no more than half full.
    Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
    For the frosting, warm cream for about 30 seconds in microwave. Whisk in espresso powder and chocolate syrup. Set aside.
    Beat butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together, until fluffy. About 3-5 minutes. Adding cream mixture slowly until desired consistency.
    Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with chocolate covered espresso bean (if desired).
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    47 Responses to “Mocha Cupcakes”

    1. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I would put the taste of coffee in everything, if I could. I love that these cupcakes have the coffee flavor going on in the cake and the frosting. It hardly seems possible that school starts next week!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        I know. As much as I look forward to some routine in our life, I also dread it. And it means my kids are one year older, which makes me sad too. But these cupcakes lift the spirits, temporarily :)

    2. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I heart coffee treats so very much!!! And coffee cupcakes to keep me awake during the day…yes, please:-) I am looking forward to school day rituals to get started too!!! One more week of fun and then let the routine begin!!!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Hear Hear! Or is it…Here Here?

    3. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      I love and NEED coffee! But coffee flavored treats are one of my most favorite things.

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    4. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Yum! I am *just* starting out when it comes to coffee drinking, and I pretty much like mine more milk than actual coffee (haha) but I know I’d like these cupcakes. They’re the perfect coffee and chocolate bite that I love–and they look beautiful!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        Thanks Hayley!!

    5. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Coffee flavored treats make me giddy. Yummy!!!

    6. posted Aug 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      I love mocha cupcakes! It was my wedding dessert!

    7. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

      is this your go-to choc cake recipe again? I need to make it!

      and coffee-anything is always a hit with me!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        Averie, why yes it is! Although this time I added some extra espresso powder for a coffee kick!

    8. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Ohhhh Yeahhhhh! Those looks wonderful! Next step up is to replace some of that cream with Kahlua :) Yummy!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        I may do that on the first day of school :)

    9. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Love this – I need that frosting asap. I think I could make that instead of my morning cup…since it’s the same calories and all…

    10. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Beautiful. My favorite chocolate desserts are the ones that also include espresso or espresso powder. It adds such an amazing richness!

    11. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for your sweet message on my blog ( I can’t wait to start following you…your food looks amazing!!!!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Thank YOU for stopping by!

    12. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      These seriously are amazing! I think I would like one for breakfast! :) Thanks for mentioning my bars!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Ummm, thanks for making those yummy bars!

    13. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I’m looking for a perfect chocolate cake/cupcake recipe. I should’ve known to come here first, Aimee! and anything that involves coffee has my name written all over it. I honestly love mocha anything and wonder why I haven’t posted my mocha brownies on my blog yet!

      • posted Aug 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Sally, you must try this chocolate cake/cupcake recipe. It’s awesome!!! And I’m looking forward to some mocha brownies!

    14. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      aww, yummy! gorgeous job.

    15. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I love anything with mocha! These look fabulous!!

    16. posted Aug 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      I always love coffee cupcakes! These definitely go on my list! :)

    17. posted Aug 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

      I love these cupcakes! But seriously, can I just eat that frosting off a spoon? :)

      • posted Aug 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        Why yes, yes you can. Or off a beater. Or just lick cupcake tops…

    18. posted Aug 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Looks yummy! I am also looking forward to the kids going back to school, but we have 2 weeks until then. Enjoy the last few summer days!

    19. posted Aug 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Gorgeous cupcakes!:)
      My other-half would just looooooooooooove these as he loves mocha flavor :)

    20. posted Aug 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I’ve been scouring the web like a madwoman with a scrub in a dirty house for a good coffee dessert recipe, and this one’s so going into my recipe box. Er, maybe with some Kahlua thrown in for good measure. Thanks for sharing!

    21. Liz
      posted Aug 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Yummie! I love mocca!

    22. posted Aug 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Oh wow. I never drink coffee but I love coffee flavored baked goods! Especially if there’s chocolate involved. They look amazing and that frosting looks so creamy. I hope you’ll enjoy your upcoming kid free days. :)

      • posted Aug 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        Thanks. I miss my kiddos while they are at school.

    23. posted Aug 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Oh my…this could be my dream cupcake! I love baked goods that have coffee in them and this looks divine. Thanks so much for sharing Aimee…I love all your goodies that you share at Mix it up Monday :)

    24. posted Aug 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Yummy! Mocha anything is always fabulous!

    25. posted Aug 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Looks quite delish! And, I’m ready for routine again! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Throwback. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    26. posted Aug 17, 2012 at 1:46 am

      oh yum!!! and the icing…..I would eat it all…so I cannot make this recipe.

      • posted Aug 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        Haha. That’s how I feel about everything on this blog. Yet I keep baking…

    27. posted Aug 17, 2012 at 3:27 am

      those are absolutely STUNNING. but knowing my sweet tooth, i’d eat one for breakfast with a cup of coffee and have the jitters all day. i’ll just have to have the cup of coffee in the afternoon, i suppose!

      i think my fellow caffeine freaks (ahem, readers) would love this recipe. will you share it over at my new link party?

    28. posted Aug 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Coffee. And chocolate. And cupcakes? Be still my heart!! Thanks for sharing these, girl!!

    29. posted Aug 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Oh how yummy! These look divine! Would love for you to come visit my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome blog!

    30. posted Aug 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Yay! You were featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks so much for partying with us :)

    31. posted Aug 22, 2012 at 2:40 am

      These cupcakes look so good! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We loved having you and hope you will come back soon! -The Sisters

    32. posted Oct 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      What an awesome roundup! I’m sure any kid would be thrilled to have a Shugary Sweets creation in their brown paper bag!

    33. posted Nov 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Those look amazing! Really want to make some!

    34. posted Aug 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Could I use something other than coffee and if so what? I do like Mocha

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