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The Best Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

This Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes recipe combines chocolate and coffee to make the best chocolate cupcakes topped with buttercream.

Have a special occasion coming up and looking for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe?  These Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate every special occasion.

I adapted the Food Network’s Basic Chocolate Cake recipe and added a little instant espresso.  Because chocolate and coffee go together like peanut butter and jelly.  True story.  The espresso helps to intensify the chocolate flavor.  And what’s not to love about more chocolate-y goodness?  Nothing.  That’s what.

Mocha Cupcake with homemade buttercream frosting

How To Make Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

To make these incredibly delicious chocolate cupcakes, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • ¼cup espresso powder
  • 1 ½cups boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • buttercream icing

I bet you probably already have most, if not all, of those ingredients, don’t you?

To make them, you start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can either spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or use paper or silicone liners.  My favorite liners are parchment paper.

Next, whisk together the cocoa and espresso powder in a medium-sized bowl. Add boiling water to the cocoa mixture and set aside.

Using a mixer, combine eggs, oil, sour cream, and vanilla at low speed.

Meanwhile, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Turn off the mixer and add the dry ingredients and cocoa mixture to the mixing bowl.  Turn the mixer back on low speed and incorporate all ingredients together. Turn mixer onto high speed and beat for 2 minutes.

Using a large cookie scoop, add two scoops of batter to each cupcake liner.

Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and decorate with buttercream icing.

Mocha Cupcake with homemade buttercream frosting
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Mocha Cupcakes

Have a special occasion coming up and looking for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe?  These Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Mocha Cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 334kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • ¼ cup espresso powder
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • buttercream icing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • Whisk together cocoa and espresso powder in medium sized bowl. Add boiling water and set aside.
  • Combine eggs, oil, sour cream and vanilla in using a mixer on low speed.
  • Meanwhile, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  • Turn off mixer and add dry ingredients and cocoa mixture to mixing bowl. Turn mixer back on low speed and incorporate all ingredients together. Turn mixer onto high speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Using large cookie scoop, add two scoops of batter to each cupcake liner.
  • Bake for 22-24 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool and decorate with buttercream icing.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g

Topping Chocolate Cupcakes

A simple buttercream icing is the perfect topping for chocolate cupcakes because buttercream + chocolate = love.

I decorated the cupcakes in a couple of different ways:  with a simple swirl of buttercream, with a few chocolate chips, and with an Andes mint perched on top.  You could add jimmies, sprinkles, premade cupcake toppers, or just leave them with plain, luscious buttercream.

chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting and chocolate chips

Cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate any special occasion, or just because.

chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Aren’t they cute?

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Colleen

Monday 25th of March 2013

Yum I could eat one right now.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work

Monday 25th of March 2013

Mocha cupcakes sound wonderful!

Lolo

Sunday 24th of March 2013

These sound so yummy!

courtney

Saturday 23rd of March 2013

yum and I love the liners!

Kathleen

Saturday 23rd of March 2013

Yum! Those look amazing.