Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

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The idea of these cupcakes came from one of my favorite cookbooks “Chocolate and Coffee Bible”  While thumbing it, looking for new chocolate-y goodness I stumbled upon a recipe for chocolate cupcakes. Now chocolate vanilla cupcakes are always welcome in my kitchen, but the thought of coffee chocolate cupcakes was haunting me.

Cofee cupcakes |

For these cupcakes I advice you to use the best dark chocolate you have. I’ve used Green and Black’s organic dark 85% chocolate. It had a subtle bitterness which paired beautifully with the instant coffee in the cake. I also added some instant coffee to the frosting. Addictive!

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting


    Chocolate coffee cupcakes
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) raw sugar
  • 6 tbsp (85 grams) room temperature butter
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) fat free milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee (powder) (espresso powder works just as well)
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • Coffee frosting
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) room temperature butter
  • 2 1/4 cup (270 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee (powder) (espresso powder works just as well)
  • 1 tsp (or more if needed) cold coffee (liquid)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. Chop the chocolate and melt it in a heatproof bowl set over a pot with simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. When melted set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In another bowl mix the coffee powder with the hot water.
  5. Add the butter, sugar and melted chocolate to the flour mixture and, with the paddle attachment on, start mixing, slowly adding the milk and the eggs. In the end add the coffee.
  6. Divide the batter between the 12 prepared cups and bake in preheated oven for about 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before frosting them.
  8. To make the frosting, add the butter to a mixing bowl. With the whisk attachment on, whip the butter on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes, stopping once to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  9. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add instant coffee and the sugar little by little waiting until it is mostly incorporated before adding more.
  10. Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, scrape the sides of the bowl, add the cold coffee and increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy for about 2 minutes. If needed add more cold coffee.
  11. Frost the cupcakes and enjoy!

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  1. says

    I’m still in a huff about the new changes. I REFUSE to pay to promote my posts…

    On another note… Thank you so much for guest posting today you did a great job and it’s such a lovely recipe. xoxo

  2. says

    Roxana, I love how you tied a bow around the cupcake. That is such a lovely idea. It makes them look really special. The next time I have a birthday party maybe I’ll do that with a ribbon the same color as the theme. Thanks for always inspiring me. To be honest, Facebook drives me bananas. Last night I was saying that I want to spend more time commenting on my friends’ blogs and less time on Facebook because I’m always frustrated when I am on there. Glad to know I’m not the only one. Have a beautiful day!

  3. says

    Thank you so much for posting this! It’s beyond frustrating to deal with all the changes on FB… These cupcakes look too good to eat but I love coffee in my desserts so I would love them!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness! I am so very frustrated with Facebook and ever so lonely as well. It’s so hard to engage with people when they don’t even see your posts. I have about had it with them. On another note, I love these cupcakes! Gorgeous photos and they sound absolutely delicious.

  5. says

    All the Facebook changes are making me go bonkers, LOL! Heading over to enjoy your beautiful recipe, they sound DELICIOUS:-)Love your pictures! Hugs, Terra

  6. says

    Oooh, those look amazing. I love a good cup of coffee with whipped cream…This looks so good.

    Regarding Facebook, don’t believe everything you read. Everyone said we’d be paying to even be a part of it; we’re not. The paid promoting is the same thing as creating an ad. For just having a page, nah. If they tried to do that, everyone would just create a new ‘person’ for their business.

  7. says

    OMG!! I am still trying to graps stumble upon and pinterest and now more changes to FB!! I misssed your blog! These cupcakes are goregous, heading over to check them out!

  8. Kitchen Belleicious says

    i had no idea about this facebook change. I am beginning to kind of not like FB anymore. You would think they would listen to people more than do their own thing. I will make sure to add you to my show in news feed. Loving these cupcakes

  9. Tanantha says

    SInce I got back from Thailand, I haven’t baked anything. None! Thanks to your blog to inspire me to bake something and get hungry everything I’m here!

  10. says

    It’s not easy keeping up with all the changes at Facebook but well worth the trouble to make sure you don’t miss the updates from favorite bloggers!
    Your coffee flavored cupcakes look heavenly;-)

  11. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings says

    absolutely delicious-looking cupcakes! this should be great in the morning – hehe! so what are all these changes happening in FB? they will now charge for feeds to appear on pages? so no more free link sharing?? oh no!

  12. says

    Roxana…these cupcakes and your food styling and photography are just stunning! Coffee and chocolate in a cupcake for me…well that’s breakfast! Thanks for the heads up on the facebook stuff. I am so challenged by all this social media…especially facebook. So please….I’ll do anything if you just help (drag) me through it!!! : )

  13. says

    Beautiful cupcakes Roxy! Love the presentation and your photos are just so darn tempting to me!
    I haven’t look into facebook’s new settings lately…I just set what i need to and let it go! i don’t let them get to me LOL!
    Lovely post! Have a nice night!

  14. says

    Wow Roxana, photos of your delicious coffee cupcakes are AMAZING!!! They look so real, like right in front of my eyes! I can almost grab one for my coffee break… Tsk tsk, I gotta make my own one day so I have a real treat in front of me! Really delicious looking cupcakes Roxana!

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