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5 from 3 votes

Coffee cupcake with mocha frosting

A super easy recipe for coffee cupcakes to please the adults in your home.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 472.7kcal
Author: Amira Ibrahim


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 2 cups sugar.
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • 1 cup vegetable oil.
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee cooled- I've used instant coffee.
  • 3 large eggs.
  • 1 container sour cream. 8-ounce
  • A dash of vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

For the coffee frosting

  • 2 cup unsalted butter.
  • 3 cup confectioners sugar.
  • 4 Tablespoons instant coffee.*
  • 2 Tablespoon cocoa powder.*
  • 3-4 teaspoon of water.

For the raspberry filling

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup of raspberry preserve.
  • Optional : Fresh raspberries for decoration.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl mix flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda well together.
  • Add the oils,eggs and your cup of coffee. Mix until everything is very well combined.
  • Fold in the sour cream.
  • Pour the batter into your muffin tin, fill 2/3 of each cup.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or do the spring test.

Meanwhile prepare the frosting

  • First we'll make a coffee mixture by mixing water, coffee and cocoa powder.
  • Cream butter,sugar and coffee mixture well together.
  • Fill the cupcakes with the raspberry filling , I've used Wilton tip #230.
  • Pipe the frosting and decorate your cupcakes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


*To get a stronger coffee flavor in your frosting you may use 6 Tablespoons of instant coffee and do not use cocoa powder at all, for a more chocolate-y flavor use 4 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 Tablespoon of instant coffee.


Calories: 472.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.9g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 27.4g | Cholesterol: 68.9mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 42.5g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.9mg