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Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream


I owe everything about these cupcakes to the Brown Eyed BakerAlmost..(more on that later).

Back to the cupcakes…AND THE ICING.  Who doesn’t like good icing?  Even the proudest among us will, under pressure, admit to licking the icing bowl.  AS AN ADULT.

Michelle at BEB claims that her’s is the Best Chocolate Buttercream around — a lofty claim to be sure — and one she’s on solid ground making.  This light, sweet and creamy stuff will have you hiding in the broom closet, with the bowl ALL TO YOURSELF.


The cupcakes are where my almost comes in.  I started with BEB’s Mocha Cupcakes, but as I was gathering the ingredients, my little eye spied the jar of Homemade Coffee Extract on the shelf.  It makes the best Irish Coffees, hot toddies, Coffee Ice Cream, milkshakes and glaze for a Tiramisu Cheesecake.

Homemade Coffee Extract

It now also makes excellent cupcakes — I substituted 1/2 cup of this extract for all of the hot coffee and granulated sugar in BEB’s recipe.  Everything else was exactly the same.  The finished deal was light, moist with a light mocha flavour — an excellent chocolate buttercream delivery device.  Because isn’t that what cupcakes are, really?


  1. fooddreamer
    November 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Now those are some gorgeous cupcakes. I just love mocha. I think I shall try your homemade coffee extract!

    • Theresa
      November 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. denise @ quickies on the dinner table
    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Theresa – thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my latest post :)

    These cupcakes are gorgeous. I love the idea of home made coffee extract, being the all round coffee fiend that I am. Great job on reintepreting Michelle’s recipe :)

  3. Gigabiting
    November 5, 2010 at 4:31 am

    What is it about coffee and chocolate?! It’s pretty unbeatable.
    These look great, and of course i had to visit the coffee extract recipe. I am not a fan of sugar in my coffee drinks, so for my own version, I just use a very concentrated, cold-brewed coffee.

    • Theresa
      November 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Great tip — thanks Janice!

  4. briarrose
    November 5, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful cupcakes.

  5. RavieNomNoms
    November 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Awesome looking cupcakes!! I love things that are flavored with mocha

    • Theresa
      November 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      Mocha with chocolate is one of my favourites…

  6. Stephanie
    November 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yum. That looks so good on a dreary, overcast day. I live in MI, what can I say? :-P I think I need to make something sweet now. Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. blackbookkitchendiaries
    November 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    wish i had one of this cupcakes right now..they look so good!!

  8. Ravenous Rowie
    November 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    That sounds so delicious! Nothing like a good cupcake!

  9. Cristina @ TeenieCakes
    November 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful cupcakes and they sound delicious with your change in the mocha icing/frosting. I don’t think I’ve seen more perfect piping on a cupcake. Nicely done! :)

  10. Trix
    November 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

    That’s so funny – I recently spied some coffee extract in a cooking store and I was SO tempted to buy it but I didn’t what I’d do with it!! I wish I had, this is fab.

  11. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
    November 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    OMG, your icing swirls look like my favorite soft serve ice cream! LOVE! So happy you adored the icing!

    • Theresa
      November 9, 2010 at 7:10 am

      Thanks again for the recipe, Michelle…lovers of icing, unite!

  12. Julia
    October 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I would love the recipe for your mocha cupcakes with buttercream icing, but the recipe doesn’t show up here on your website. Any chance of getting that recipe up on your website? It sounds delicious :) thanks, Julia

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