Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

May 11, 2017

When life gives you lemons, you trade them for coffee. Oh yeah, and afterwards, scroll down to the bottom of this post and make my chocolate coffee cupcakes. Why not incorporate everyone’s favorite morning drink with everyone’s favorite sweet treat? That’s exactly what I did with these cupcakes, which are basically a match made in heaven.

Mother’s day is coming up, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try and create the perfect dessert that all moms are sure to love! They’re infused with a freshly-brewed coffee flavor, filled with melted chocolate and topped with a generous amount of chocolate-coffee buttercream frosting. I even made it a little bit better by incorporating one of my all-time favorite ingredients ever… coconut oil. What’s not to love? Be sure to treat your moms this weekend with a nice brunch, lots of flowers, and these delicious chocolate coffee cupcakes!

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet ToothAs you can see here, I used the back of one of my Wilton piping tips to “core” the cake. Then, it’s as simple as filling it with a super simple chocolate filling and covering the hole with frosting. You could easily use a knife to core the cupcake, but a piping tip is the perfect size.

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

When you cut into the cupcake, the filling comes oozing out in a waterfall of chocolatey goodness!

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes | My Southern Sweet Toothmarble lazy suzan | magnolia coffee mug | cuisinart hand mixer | silicon muffin liners

I hope y’all loved this chocolate coffee cupcake recipe, because I had so much fun making them. Plus, I had some leftover coffee that I got to enjoy after baking. I’ll see y’all next time!

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes
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These chocolate coffee cupcakes are sweet, moist, and fluffy. They're infused with a warm, freshly-brewed coffee flavor, filled with melted chocolate, and topped with a soft buttercream frosting.
  • ¾ cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (half a stick)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour (I used 1 cup all purpose + ½ cup whole wheat)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Chocolate Filling
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Chocolate Coffee Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp espresso powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve espresso powder into brewed coffee. Set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream together butter and coconut oil for a couple seconds until just combined. Then, add in sugar and cream for about 1 minute, until light and fluffy. Crack in eggs, one at a time, whisking in between each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add ⅓ of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then stir to combine. Add half of the coffee, another third of the dry, the last half of the coffee, and the last third of the dry ingredients, stirring in between each addition.
  5. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Then, set aside to cool.
Chocolate Filling
  1. In a small bowl, combine melted chocolate and coconut oil. Place in a ziploc bag or a small piping bag.
Chocolate Coffee Buttercream Frosting
  1. Using the same hand whisk, beat together coconut oil and butter until combined, about a minute. Slowly, whisk in powdered sugar until fully incorporated. Stir in cocoa and espresso powder, then place in a piping bag.
  2. Core the cupcake, fill the hole with the chocolate filling, and frost the cupcakes as desired. Garnish with a gentle sprinkling of cocoa powder. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Priyanjali May 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    These look absolutely delicious! Chocolate and coffee is my mum’s favorite combination.. Will try this for mother’s day.😊

    • Reply Ashley May 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Your mom will love them! <3

  • Reply Jenn May 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

    These look amazing!! I love chocolate and coffee together. Pinning to make later!

    • Reply Ashley May 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Yay! Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply hey sharonoox May 12, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I’m definitely a coffee type person. I’m addicted to coffee and these cupcakes make me drool. They looks so yummy! I like a perfectly whipped frosting.

  • Reply livvy pb May 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous! My favourite things in a cake! going to try them out this weekend!

  • Reply Madison May 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Omg YUM! I can’t wait to make these! Your photos are beautiful and really highlight the cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Ashley May 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Aww thanks Madison! <3

  • Reply Cait Weingartner May 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Coffee an chocolate are hands down my favorite flavor combination, so these cupcakes are right up my alley! They look incredibly delicious, and I can’t wait to bake up a batch soon!

  • Reply kristin mccarthy May 15, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    the BEST combination!

    • Reply Ashley May 15, 2017 at 1:23 pm


  • Reply SeekAndread May 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Looks delicious I have to ask my wife to make some for me. I’ll share on my Twitter.

  • Reply sian May 16, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Lovely article! Can’t wait to give them a try! Maybe with a bit of nuts for some added crunch I think :) yum yum. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Ashley May 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

      That’s such a good idea. I’ll have to try that myself!

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