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Mocha frosting in a bowl with chocolate cupcakes around it
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Mocha Frosting Recipe

Mocha Frosting is an easy frosting recipe! Make Mocha Buttercream Frosting with cocoa and coffee to frost chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes or brownies - this recipe is so good.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee or instant espresso
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 6 cups (678g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Milk or heavy whipping cream as needed for desired consistency (1-3 tablespoons, approximately)

Instructions

  • Add the instant coffee or espresso to the hot water. Stir and let cool completely.
  • Whisk together cocoa and powdered sugar.
  • Cream butter in a very large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer until smooth, then slowly add sugar mixture. Add vanilla and salt. Mixture will be crumbly.
  • Add coffee mixture and mix until smooth, adding milk or cream as needed for desired consistency for piping or frosting.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to a month.

Notes

  • If your cocoa is lumpy, sift it with the powdered sugar.
  • You can substitute regular cocoa for the dutch process.
  • Instant espresso is best but use instant coffee if you can’t find it.
  • If using salted butter omit salt in recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg