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
Yield: 30-36 cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


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


  1. In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, baking powder and espresso powder. Set aside.
  2. In a measuring cup, mix together cooled coffee and buttermilk. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  5. For the frosting, warm cream for about 30 seconds in microwave. Whisk in espresso powder and chocolate syrup. Set aside.
  6. Beat butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together, until fluffy. About 3-5 minutes. Adding cream mixture slowly until desired consistency.
  7. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with chocolate covered espresso bean (if desired).
  8. ENJOY.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on August 12, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. The frosting on these cupcakes was the most delicious I’ve ever tasted and the cupcakes were so light and coffee/chocolatey. I found out why you’re only supposed to fill the cups half way–the ones that were overfilled rose and then fell, forming little craters. The upside to this was that they required extra frosting!!

  2. Hi Aimee, I tried these cupcakes but they did not rise. Are they supposed to rise? I purchased all fresh ingredients so I don’t think that was the cause of them not rising.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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. 🙂

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