If you like coffee house mochas you’ll love these cupcakes! These coffee cupcakes are topped with a rich and decadent buttercream frosting – just like your favorite coffee drink, but in cupcake form!
Coffee Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Last night I arrived home in a panic because I had to make cupcakes and not because of some last-minute office celebration, or a friend’s birthday, a potluck/picnic/other random event that requires a box of homemade cupcakes piled high with buttercream frosting.
No, I stayed up late to frost cupcakes because today, TODAY, is this blog’s 6th birthday and I couldn’t let the day slip by without a little recognition.
I’ll spare you the whole “oh my gosh, I’ve been blogging for six years and I’ve learned so much, yada, yada yada” stuff and instead will just say “thank you”. Whether we just met this past year or you’ve been following along for a while I want you to know your support of this little blog means the world to me.
And so I’m celebrating today with these decadent coffee cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting…
How to Make Coffee Cupcakes
If you combined a mocha, my favorite coffee drink, with cupcakes I’m pretty sure these little cupcakes are what you would end up with. The cupcake part is the coffee part, so here’s how you make them…
- To get a good coffee flavor in the batter, I like to brew some coffee and let it cool to room temperature.
- The coffee is combined with your usual baking suspects like flour, butter, eggs, and a touch of cream to add richness to the batter.
- I like to use two bowls – one to mix the dry ingredients and the other to combine the wet ones. That way it’s easier to combine the two until the batter is just combined – makes for a better cupcake if the batter isn’t overworked.
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
This frosting is so rich and chocolatey and pairs so well with the coffee-flavored cupcakes. The recipe makes a lot of frosting, so if you don’t like your cupcakes piled high with the sweet stuff you can halve it. Here are some ingredients you’ll need:
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Bittersweet chocolate
These sweet treats were the perfect way to celebrate six years of blogging!
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These coffee cupcakes are topped with a rich bittersweet chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s like your favorite mocha coffee drink in cupcake form.
For the Cupcakes
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup cream
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, at room-temperature
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cups butter (1 stick), softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard sized muffin tin with cupcake liners (or spray with cooking spray).
- Using a stand mixer (with paddle attachment) or hand mixer first combine the oil and sugar together before adding the vanilla and eggs. Mix until well combined. Add the cream and coffee and continue to mix until it’s all well combined.
- In a separate medium sized bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt (I use a fine mesh strainer to sift – if you don’t have one you can just whisk the ingredients together.
- Set the mixer to a low speed and add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in a few batches mixing until just combined.
- Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full with the batter. Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
- While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting. First, whip the butter on high speed until it starts to look fluffy and airy.
- Add the confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla and continue to mix (start at a lower speed and increase to medium) until well incorporated. Finally, add the melted chocolate and stir until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides to ensure all the ingredients are mixed together.
I used bittersweet chocolate for the frosting, which makes the frosting super rich. You can easily substitute unsweetened chocolate or semi-sweet if you prefer. Also, the recipe makes a lot of frosting – feel free to cut the recipe in half if you like less frosting on your cupcakes so nothing goes to waste.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cupcake
- Calories: 439
- Sugar: 27g
- Sodium: 118.7mg
- Fat: 31g
- Saturated Fat: 9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 21g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 37.9g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 3.1g
- Cholesterol: 59.3mg
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