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Mocha Cupcakes
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

If you like coffee and chocolate, then you'll love these Mocha Cupcakes! Moist, deeply chocolate-y cupcakes are topped with a silky Swiss buttercream that's spiked with rich espresso.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttercream, Chocolate, coffee, Cupcakes, Frosting, mocha
Servings: 32 cupcakes
Calories: 150 kcal
  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the recipe instructions.
  2. Place the egg whites and sugar in a large metal mixing bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  Cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is smooth, thin, and translucent, and it no longer feels gritty when rubbed between the thumb and forefinger (about 10 minutes).
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk on medium speed until fluffy and stiff, and no hint of warmth remains when you place your hand on the side of the bowl.  
  4. Add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, whipping after each addition.  If the mixture seems runny, place it in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes, then re-whip.  
  5. Fold in the melted chocolate.
  6. Place the instant espresso, water, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir together.  
  7. Whip the liquid into the chocolate buttercream, then transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip.  
  8. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, and dust with cocoa powder.  
Recipe Notes

*If you really love coffee, you can also add 3 tablespoons of instant espresso to the cupcake batter!  Just stir it in along with the dry ingredients.

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Nutrition Facts
Mocha Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.