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Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe

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This Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe has so much flavor! If you’re a fan of chocolate and espresso, you’re not going to want to miss out on this cupcake recipe! Full of yummy flavor and taste! Be sure to check out the rest of my cupcake recipes!

This chocolate cake cupcake is not only full of chocolate flavor but it’s also the perfect combination of coffee and chocolate as well. It’s literally one of my favorite chocolate cupcakes recipe! I literally crave these cupcakes all the time, which is why I keep this recipe handy!

Being able to use a boxed cake mix makes it so simple and easy to do! I love that little cooking hack because it saves me so much prep time! Cake mixes are great for making cakes, cookies, crumbles, and more!

Truth be told, I’m pretty much addicted to the taste and flavor of these Mocha Cupcakes because they’re just that good. They’re one of the reasons that I just can’t say no to sweets! (and when my tastebuds love them this much, I’m never going to tell them no!)

Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe

While I love the coffee flavor of these cupcakes, it’s safe to say that I really love the espresso buttercream frosting. I’m a frosting fan. What can I say? This recipe is also great because it makes 24 cupcakes, but you can easily halve it to make 12 cupcakes instead. (I always make 24 – but I have to limit myself lol)

I used to worry about using instant espresso powder in the cupcakes with the kids, but they love this recipe just as much as I do! I just make them eat their dessert a little bit earlier in the day, and they don’t mind at all!

Do I really need to use cupcake liners?

Yes, you do! If you don’t want some of your cupcakes to stick to the muffin pan, line it with cupcake liners! It’s the easiest way to not make a mess.

You can even make these cupcakes festive and fun by changing up the type of cupcake liners that you use! I love using red and green liners during Christmas and then bright orange liners during Halloween.

There are even some cupcake liners out there that have cute pictures on them as well, which would just add to the appeal!

If you don’t want to use cupcake liners or don’t have them on hand, you need to make sure that you’re greasing the cupcake tin really, really, really well. Spray it with nonstick spray so that the batter won’t stick to the sides while the cupcakes are baking.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Chocolate Energy Cupcakes Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

The time is now to start meal planning! I love knowing what I’m making and letting everyone else know, too! This saves so much time and stress! Once you get the hang of meal planning, you’ll find that it’s not hard to do at all!

Main Dish: Fast and Easy Pineapple Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Vegetable Side: Crunchy Cool Cabbage Slaw

Starch Side: Parmesan Steak Fries with Ranch

Refreshing Drink: Orange Mocktail Recipe

Best Cupcake Recipes:

Once you make this Espresso Mocha Cupcake Recipe, you’re going to want even more grab-and-go treats! The good news? You can easily make more cupcakes, and I’m sharing all my favorite cupcake recipes with you!

Here are a few of my favorite treats that I think everyone will love as well. You should always take time to test out the cupcakes, always!

The flavor of these Strawberry Creme Wafer Cupcakes is some of the best! They taste just like wafers!

I can’t get enough of this Confetti Lemon Cupcake Recipe. Such an awesome lemon flavor.

The kids will have a blast eating these Unicorn Poop Cupcakes! They’re not only funny, but they’re good! Perfect for any unicorn fan!

Whip up a batch of these Birthday Cookie Cupcakes! These are a great way to add a fun treat to birthday parties.

It’s always a good idea to make Oreo Cookie Cupcakes! You can NEVER go wrong when you add Oreos to any dessert.

I think that this Coconut Cupcake Recipe is one of the best! I love the texture of these cupcakes!

This Blue Cupcake Recipe would be great for a baby shower! These are moist and delicious and hard to stop eating. (trust me!)

What can I use instead of frosting to top cupcakes?

If you don’t want to add or make your own frosting, you can always sprinkle on a little bit of powdered sugar or even drizzle on some maple syrup. All options are good options!

Sometimes, we’ve even melted some chocolate chips and spread that on top, and then added sprinkles. Whatever you’re craving, you can make happen!

More Mocha Recipes:

Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe

Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

This Mocha Espresso Cupcakes Recipe is one of my favorites!


  • Chocolate box cake mix plus ingredients listed
  • 1 teaspoon Espresso Powder

Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans:

  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 72 Espresso Beans

For the Mocha Frosting:

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Icing Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Espresso Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk/Cream


  1. Make the cupcakes according to the recipe o the boxed cake mix. Add in the espresso powder by dissolving it in hot water.
  2. While the cupcakes are baking, make the chocolate covered espresso beans.
  3. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in 25 second bursts and stir between each time.
  5. Dip the beans into the chocolate one at a time using a fork. Set the beans on the parchment paper and repeat.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter for 20 seconds and then add 4 cups of the icing sugar plus the espresso powder and cocoa powder. Beat for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the vanilla and 1 T of milk or cream. Beat for 1 minute. Taste and add more sugar if you'd like.
  8. Put the frosting in a piping bag with a tip.
  9. Add to the cooled cupcakes and add three dried espresso beans to the top of every cupcake.

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