Mocha Cupcakes…

by Jamie on June 12, 2009

While browsing the gourmet food section of a local store, I came across Starbucks Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee beans. I threw them into my basket with thoughts of mocha goodness on my brain…although I am not a fan of chocolate covered coffee beans; too gritty in my mouth!I figured if I did not use them I would send them to work with the boyfriend for a mid-day perk up. However, I decided to browse foodgawker and found a delectable cupcake recipe on the blog, One Ordinary Day. I took her recipe, added a couple of ingredients and the results were amazing! For the icing I used my favorite buttercream icing that I have posted several times because it is just that good! The little coffee beans were the perfect accessory to an already delicious looking cupcake. Be sure to check out the original recipe because she also posted some delightful homemade cupcake liners that made me swoon!

Note: For those coffee haters out there, these are not overly coffee flavored. The coffee blends harmoniously to intensify the rich chocolate flavor.

Mocha Cupcakes
Adapted from One Ordinary Day

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temp
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, brewed coffee and vanilla.
3. In a stand mixer, using a flat beater on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the coffee mixture, ending with the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool before frosting cupcakes.

Buttercream Dream
From: The Repressed Pastry Chef

1 stick salted butter – room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
4-6 tablespoons very cold milk

Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Stay tuned for a fun ice cream related giveaway!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar oneordinaryday June 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

Your cupcakes look amazing and I like your frosting so much better than what I did with mine. :) Thanks for the link to my blog. (The swooning made me laugh. I loved the cupcake liners too.)


avatar Leslie June 12, 2009 at 10:44 am

Too cute, and they sound luscious!


avatar Leslie June 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I love the coffee/ chocolate flavor combo!


avatar Ingrid June 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm

They look fabulous especially that great swirl of buttercream, YUM!

Happy Friday!


avatar Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 12, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Your pictures really make me sit and and take notice! The cupcake sounds delicious!


avatar Tracey June 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I've been looking forward to this post since you posted the picture on Twitter yesterday :) These are absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to try them.


avatar Jelli Bean June 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm

These look beautiful. I can only hope that eventually my decorating skills will be as lovely!


avatar CaSaundraLeigh June 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Yummy–my coffee/chocolate loving parents would die for these!


avatar Deeba @Passionate About Baking June 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

These are just how cupcakes I dream of should look like…awesome & fab! Mocha is way up my street & you've done a grand job here. YUM!!


avatar Amanda June 12, 2009 at 8:08 pm

These are really beautiful!


avatar Jennifer June 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Talk about irresistible!!! That frosting looks so fluffy!


avatar bakersbakery June 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I just might have to make these… tomorrow!


avatar gwennie June 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

My friend Bethers showed me your site and zomg these look amazing. I'm drooling as I type. Can't wait to try these!


avatar RecipeGirl June 13, 2009 at 6:45 am

These are just about the cutest cupcakes I think I've seen in a long time. Love the little bean on the top!

PS… very cute blog you have here :)


avatar CookiePie June 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Adorable cupcakes — and mocha sounds so delicious!!


avatar chocolatecup June 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm



avatar Selba June 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

The cupcakes looks so delicious!


avatar Claire June 15, 2009 at 7:39 am

I'll have one of these with a cappuccino for some delicious coffee overload! Have a great day =)


avatar lucyinaz June 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

Gorgeous! I love how your frosting looks on all of your cupcakes – can you tell me which tip you use? Love your blog!!


avatar Jamie June 15, 2009 at 11:42 am


Thanks for stopping by…it's the Wilton 1M tip!



avatar Karen + Casey June 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I want to eat these RIGHT NOW!!!!


avatar Kate October 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

About how many cupcakes does this yield? That’s always helpful for me when I’m making cupcakes so I know how to distribute the batter.


avatar Meredith October 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

These were very delicious! I’m curious to know if this was supposed to make a certain amount of cupcakes as well. I actually tried to use the batter in two cake pans and make a cake instead, but the cake stuck to the bottom and fell apart. I’ve never had that problem before, but this cake was very moist. Has anyone tried this as a cake and if so did you do anything to keep it from sticking? Would lining with parchment prevented this? My 2nd attempt made 16 cupcakes but the frosting recipe was enough for twice that.


avatar Katie January 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I made your Mocha Cupcakes tonight and they were delicious! Not dry at all, and the icing was so fluffy! I am happy I found your blog!



avatar Maddie March 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

these cupcakes are amazing ! i made them last night and they tasted great ! the only bad thing is that they feel a little heavy when you pick them up but when you eat them they taste just like a normal cupcake ! everyone should try these ! (:


avatar taylor April 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

How many cupcakes does it make. Does it make 12.


avatar Taylor April 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Your cupcakes look good-ish.


avatar dasha May 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

best cupcake and icing ever!!!


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