Lindsay Ann Bakes: Mocha Fudge Cupcakes

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mocha Fudge Cupcakes

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These cupcakes are rich, moist and fudgy, topped with a light creamy chocolate espresso frosting, a drizzle of simple chocolate glaze and finished with a tiny swirl of sweet vanilla espresso buttercream and a chocolate covered espresso bean, pure decadence.

Since Mother's Day is coming up, I thought I would post one of my mom's top cupcake picks. These are probably one of my mom's most top requested cupcakes... and that's ok with me because these cupcakes are one of my personal favorites too! I love the combination of chocolate and coffee, and these mocha fudge cupcakes really take it to the next level. They are insanely rich and chocolatey, a perfect treat to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk.

Mocha Fudge Cupcakes
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Yield: 12 cupcakes or 24 minis (also makes a 6"-9" cake layer)


Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (105g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder, dutch processed
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water (or 1/2 cup coffee)
Chocolate Espresso Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons cream, half & half or milk
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
Chocolate Glaze Drizzle:
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla Espresso Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick/4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon cream, half & half or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (use imitation vanilla for a pure white color)
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
  • pinch salt (omit if using salted butter) 
  • chocolate covered espresso beans


Prepare Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 baking cups (or 24 minis). In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa and sugar, mixing until fully combined. In a measuring cup lightly whisk together buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla. Using a whisk or wooden spoon, gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Dissolve espresso powder in the boiling water and immediately fold into batter. Do not over-mix. Batter will be very thin and runny.

Distribute all of the batter, filling almost up to the top, between all of the baking cups. Bake standard size cupcakes for 16-18 minutes and minis for 8-10 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack before filling and frosting.

Prepare Chocolate Espresso Frosting:
Sift together powdered sugar and cocoa, set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Add vanilla. Alternately beat in sugar/cocoa mixture and cream until smooth. Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add more cocoa powder or cream if needed, until you have reached your desired consistency.

Prepare Chocolate Glaze:
Microwave chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl/cup on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth (or melt in a small saucepan over low heat). Stir in vanilla. Pour glaze into the corner of a small plastic sandwich bag and seal. Set aside.

Prepare Vanilla Espresso Buttercream:
With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and cream until smooth. Add vanilla, espresso powder and salt. Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes until light and creamy. Place in a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip if desired.

Frost completely cooled cupcakes with chocolate espresso buttercream. Snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag of chocolate glaze and drizzle on top of frosting. Pipe a little swirl of vanilla espresso frosting on top. Finish cupcakes with a chocolate covered espresso bean for garnish.


I've also made these without the chocolate glaze drizzle and vanilla buttercream swirl for a quick simple variation. I used a little less cocoa in the frosting and adorned the cupcakes with chocolate sprinkles and chocolate covered espresso beans!

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  1. This sounds absolutely fabulous!

  2. These look so yummy! I hope i can eventually make cute cuppies, yours are always so pretty. Will you have your wonderful mixes for sale again? I was so hoping to snag one more this week! Thank you for generously sharing your recipes and know-how, it is a rare thing and appreciated! :)

  3. Wow! These are so delicious! I am sure I won't stop with just one piece...

  4. For the chocolate espresso buttercream frosting, did you put it in a pipping bag and used a round tip? Because I'm so inspired by the structure/design of the overall cupcake itself to use with my own recipe :D

  5. Yup! I used a large round tip, squeezing with steady pressure in the center, letting the frosting puff up around the piping tip. I was sure to refrain from lifting as I squeezed, to achieve a nice pillowy mound. I used a small star tip for the top swirl. Be sure to email in a photo, I would love to feature your photo and see how they turned out!

  6. It's me again haha
    Just wanted to drop by to say I tried this recipe
    It is sooooooooooooooooooo mouthgasmically delicious and tasty!
    My co-workers demanded a second batch and recipe haha
    Definitely a must keep on my list of must make again cupcakes

    I actually did a design spin off on this using red velvet cupcakes
    It looks just as beautiful, unfortunately my friends ate them all before I could snap a picture of it to share
    Thanks Lindsey! Your creations and recipes are loved and appreciative!

  7. I made these 4x this week and they are amazing, friends and family loved them.

  8. So glad you loved them and they were a hit with your friends and family!!! Be sure to send over a picture so I can feature you on the site!

  9. Wow, I am so glad you liked the recipe! The red velvet spinoff sounds like it would be amazing!