Mocha Cupcakes


How’s it going?

I’ve got a great recipe to share with you this week which includes two of my favourite things in life – coffee and dark chocolate! ❤

Chocolate & Coffee (Mocha) Cupcakes - Kay's Kitchen

My day always starts with a steaming hot cup of coffee (well, after I roll over, yell profanities at my alarm, scroll through my phone, shower, throw on some clothes and stumble out of the house muttering how late I’ll be once again, before having to double back to ensure I actually locked the door, that is). I’m really not a morning person so I can’t properly function without, oh and I’m probably also in a pretty foul mood until I get my fix too!

Chocolate And Coffee (Mocha) Cupcakes - Kay's Kitchen

I wrap up most days with a couple of cheeky chunks of dark chocolate for dessert – what’s life without a little indulgence?

Chocolate And Coffee Cupcakes (Mocha) - Kay's Kitchen

So naturally, these cupcakes confuse me a little…

Coffee & Chocolate (Mocha) Cupcakes - Kay's Kitchen

Should I wolf one down for breakfast?

Coffee And Chocolate (Mocha) Cupcakes - Kay's Kitchen

Or wait it out and treat myself at the end of the day?

Coffee And Chocolate Cupcakes (Mocha) - Kay's Kitchen

Do you see my dilemma?

Mocha Cupcake - Kay's Kitchen

Perhaps I should dig in smack bang in the middle of the day as a lunch dessert!

Mocha Cupcake Recipe - Kay's Kitchen (2)

To be honest, thinking about it, the best time to eat these things is like, RIGHT NOW.

Mocha Cupcake Recipe - Kay's Kitchen

Because, seriously, who can resist?

Mocha Cupcakes Flatlay - Kay's Kitchen

Moist deeply chocolatey cupcakes with a hit of coffee, topped with mocha whipped cream frosting, a drizzle of dark chocolate and a couple of little coffee flavoured chocolate beans!

Mocha Cupcakes Recipe - Kay's Kitchen

They’re good any time of day! In fact – they’re good multiple times a day!

Mocha Cupcakes With Chocolate Drizzle - Kay's Kitchen

Oh and I forgot to mention, I added tonka beans to the batter because the flavour is so complimentary! Such a good move.

Mocha Cupcakes With Coffee Cream Flatlay - Kay's Kitchen

I usually take cake leftover cake into work after a weekend of baking – and these little gems got me tonnes of compliments. I suppose they would, considering how much coffee gets guzzled on the premises!

Mocha Cupcakes With Dark Chocolate Drizzle - Kay's Kitchen





  • 110g plain flour
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 120ml buttermilk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50g salted butter, melted
  • 2 tonka beans, grated finely (optional, can substitute with vanilla extract)
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 4 heaped tsps instant coffee (I use this brand)


  • 500ml double cream
  • 75g mascarpone
  • 1.5 heaped tsp instant coffee (I use this brand)
  • 1.5 tsp cocoa powder
  • 50ml boiling water
  • 50g icing sugar




  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 5, line your cupcake tin with 12 cases. I unwrapped mine once baked and popped them into these lace ones.
  2. Add instant coffee and boiling water to a small cup, stir to combine then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and tonka beans to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Add buttermilk, egg and cooled butter to another bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, briefly stir together before adding the coffee. Mix well to combine.
  6. Divide the cake batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Once done, cool on a wire rack.


  1. Add instant coffee and cocoa powder to a small cup before adding boiling water. Stir well to combine and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Add double cream, mascarpone and icing sugar to a large bowl and whisk until bubbly.
  3. Add coffee and cocoa mixture and whisk until soft whipped, just thick enough to pipe.


  1. Using a piping bag and nozzle, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  2. Melt dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a bain marie.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to a piping bag, snip off the end and drizzle over the piped cupcakes.
  4. Top with a couple of chocolate coffee beans.


Mocha Cupcakes - Kay's Kitchen

9 thoughts on “Mocha Cupcakes

  1. Yum Kay and I so related to your post asa coffee and dark chocolate lover – most days for me also wrap up with a couple (or four or more) squares of my fa pyrite Lindt or Green & Blacks….😊

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