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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Additional Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 9 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mocha Cupcakes
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Lynda


  • 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


  • 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.



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