Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

Love drinking mochas? You’ll love these chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting! This chocolate cupcake recipe from scratch features a subtle coffee flavor that can be made stronger to suite your tastes. The mocha buttercream frosting offers a second shot of that delicious chocolate coffee combination. No coffee lover will be able to resist this delicious mocha cupcake.

Coffee cupcakes from scratch with mocha buttercream frosting.

Ingredients for Chocolate Cupcakes from Scratch

Making chocolate cupcakes from scratch is super easy and the results are worth it! For these homemade chocolate coffee cupcakes with buttercream frosting, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • oil
  • coffee
  • boiling water
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • Coffee beans or chocolate covered coffee beans for garnish (if desired)

Ingredients needed for chocolate cupcakes from scratch

You can control how prominent the coffee flavor in these cupcakes by how strong you make your coffee. For a standard cup of medium roast coffee, the coffee flavor is subtle and the chocolate stands out more. If you brew your coffee very strong, you can bring out a more robust coffee flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

To make these coffee cupcakes you’ll want to start by heating your oven to 350 degrees and adding cupcake liners to a muffin pan. In a small bowl, sift your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Can you skip sifting ingredients? Sifting the dry ingredients together will make sure that your ingredients are not only well combined, but this process will also aerate the flour for a light, airy and delicate texture in your finished goodies.

Mixing ingredients for homemade chocolate cupcakes with coffee.

In another bowl, mix together sugar and eggs until creamy. Add oil and coffee to your egg mixture and whisk until well-combined. Slowly add dry ingredients into your bowl of wet ingredients and whisk together. Add boiling water into your mix and stir some more.

Why add boiling water to chocolate cake? By adding boiling water it helps to create a deeper chocolate flavor by “blooming” the cocoa powder. Blooming essentially releases flavor that is trapped in the solid particles.

Adding chocolate coffee batter to baking tin.

Pour the batter about 2/3 of the way in each of your baking cups. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you insert it into the center of a cupcake. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

How to Make Mocha Frosting

To make this delicious mocha frosting, beat together butter, powdered sugar, milk, coffee and cocoa powder.  Once again, the coffee flavor is more subtle with this recipe so use a stronger coffee if you’d like it to stand out more. Start on slow speed and gradually increase to high. The buttercream frosting is ready once all ingredients are thoroughly combined, smooth and form semi-stiff peaks.

Homemade mocha buttercream frosting

Scoop your mocha buttercream into a large piping bag with Wilton tip #1M attached. (I recommend this set of decorating bags with tips.) You can use a coupler if you like with your bag or simply snip off the end. I typically only use a coupler when I plan to switch out the tips. Adding mocha frosting to chocolate cupcakes.

Frost each cupcake by going around the outside of the cupcake in a circular motion and ending in the center. Top each cupcake with one to three coffee beans.

Mocha buttercream frosting on chocolate coffee cupcakes

That is all there is to making these delicious and moist coffee cupcakes!

Delicious chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting

Homemade chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

Recipe Notes

Yields 18 to 22 cupcakes. The coffee in this recipe is more subtle while the chocolate is more prominent. Use strongly brewed coffee to bring out more of a coffee flavor.

Thank you to Lisa at Fabulous Habits for this amazing coffee cupcake recipe!

Homemade chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting

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Love coffee? You'll love these chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting! This chocolate cupcake recipe from scratch features a subtle coffee flavor while the mocha buttercream frosting offers a second shot of that delicious chocolate coffee combination. No coffee lover will be able to resist this delicious mocha cupcake!
Love coffee? You'll love these chocolate coffee cupcakes with mocha frosting! This chocolate cupcake recipe from scratch features a subtle coffee flavor while the mocha buttercream frosting offers a second shot of that delicious chocolate coffee combination. No coffee lover will be able to resist this delicious mocha cupcake!

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