Rich and Creamy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting: Made to Impress

Welcome to an incredible and easy chocolate-coffee frosting recipe that you’ll fall in love with! As a barista who loves to experiment with coffee and chocolate flavors, I have perfected this frosting recipe over the years. This frosting combines the smooth taste of buttercream with the rich taste of cocoa powder and dry instant coffee.

You might be asking yourself, why add coffee to chocolate frosting? Well, let me tell you, coffee enhances the chocolate flavor without adding any sweetness. It adds depth and richness to the frosting, which perfectly complements any cake or cupcake recipe.

Not only is this frosting easy to make, it’s also versatile! You can use it as a filling for layer cakes, on top of your favorite chocolate cupcakes, or even spread it over a freshly baked coffee cake.

Join me in indulging in this decadent treat with a mocha twist. Let’s dive into the ingredient list and learn how to make this irresistible chocolate-coffee frosting recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Incredible and Easy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting
Incredible and Easy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting

Are you craving something sweet and indulgent with a kick of caffeine? Look no further than this incredible and easy chocolate-coffee frosting recipe! As a barista, I know a thing or two about the delicious combination of cocoa and coffee, and this frosting recipe is simply irresistible.

Firstly, this frosting is incredibly versatile. Need a topping for a chocolate cake? This recipe has got you covered. Craving some cupcakes with an extra punch of flavor? Try this mocha buttercream on top! The rich chocolate-coffee flavor pairs beautifully with any classic dessert, making it perfect for any occasion.

Secondly, the ingredients for this frosting are simple and easy to find. With just unsweetened cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, salt, and dry instant coffee or espresso powder, you can create a luscious frosting in no time. No more last-minute trips to the grocery store or hidden fees for special ingredients.

Finally, the process for creating this delicious frosting is quick and effortless. Simply dissolve the coffee in hot water, mix with the rest of the ingredients in a deep well center frosting bowl using a stand mixer, and voila! A perfect chocolate-coffee frosting without adding artificial flavors.

So why not give this easy-to-make recipe a try? You’ll love the decadent chocolate flavor with hints of coffee, perfect for any dessert or cake recipe. Trust me; your guests will be asking for seconds.

Ingredient List

 Dessert comes first with this rich and velvety chocolate-coffee frosting
Dessert comes first with this rich and velvety chocolate-coffee frosting

Here are the ingredients that you need for this incredible and easy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

You can find all the ingredients in your local grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 Double the pleasure, double the fun: chocolate and coffee make the perfect combo
Double the pleasure, double the fun: chocolate and coffee make the perfect combo

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients, let’s move on to the fun part – making the frosting!

Step 1: Dissolving Coffee

First, it’s important to dissolve 2 tablespoons of dry instant coffee in 1 tablespoon of hot water. Make sure to stir the coffee until it is completely dissolved. Set it aside.

Step 2: Mixing Butter and Powdered Sugar

Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter at room temperature for about 2 minutes until it gets fluffy. Then, gradually add 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar and mix thoroughly until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Step 3: Adding Dry Ingredients

Next, add 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the butter mixture. Mix well on low speed until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 4: Incorporate Coffee Flavor

Pour in the previously prepared dissolved coffee into the mixture and continue to mix on low speed until you get a smooth chocolate coffee ganache.

Step 5: Adjusting Textures

Add 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream if you need to adjust the texture of the frosting. If you like a denser or stiffer frosting, then skip this step.

Step 6: Check Consistency

Dip a spoon into the bowl and check if the frosting remains on for,at least a couple of seconds, before dripping off back into the bowl. Once you obtain an even consistency, your frosting is ready with its rich chocolate coffee flavor!

Congratulations! You have prepared your very own homemade chocolate-coffee frosting with ease! I guarantee your cake or cupcakes will become irresistible with this mouthwatering frosting atop.

Substitutions and Variations

 Take your cake to the next level with this decadent frosting
Take your cake to the next level with this decadent frosting

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to tweak our chocolate-coffee frosting recipe, look no further! In this section, I’ll share some simple substitutes and variations you can try to give your frosting a unique twist.

First of all, if you’re not a fan of using dry instant coffee or espresso powder in your frosting, you can consider swapping them for freshly brewed strong coffee. Simply replace 2 tablespoons of the dry instant coffee with 4 tablespoons of your favorite freshly brewed coffee. Be sure to let the coffee cool completely before adding it to the frosting mixture.

For those who prefer a milder chocolate flavor or want to avoid using unsweetened cocoa powder entirely, you can substitute it with semisweet or dark chocolate chips that have been melted and cooled. Add about 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips to the powdered sugar mixture and stir well.

If you want to add a bit of tanginess to your frosting, try incorporating cream cheese into the mix. Beat 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese into the butter before adding the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and dissolved coffee mixture. This will give your frosting a delicious cream cheese flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate-coffee combination.

Lastly, for those who want a buttercream frosting with even more depth and richness, consider adding a layer of chocolate ganache on top of the finished cake or cupcakes. Simply prepare a batch of chocolate ganache using unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy cream, and chocolate chips, and pour it over the firmed-up frosting layer. The combination of smooth buttercream and decadent chocolate ganache is truly unbeatable!

Overall, by trying these substitutions and variations of our original recipe, you can create your perfect blend for your chocolate-coffee treats that cater to your vibe.

Serving and Pairing

 If you're looking for something indulgent and easy, look no further
If you’re looking for something indulgent and easy, look no further

When it comes to serving and pairing this incredible and easy chocolate-coffee frosting, there are so many options to choose from. I suggest topping your favorite chocolate cake with a generous amount of this delicious frosting recipe to create the perfect dessert. Whether you prefer a rich and moist chocolate cake, a classic devil’s food cake or a flavorful molten chocolate cake, this frosting is the ideal accompaniment.

For an extra special treat, why not try pairing this mocha buttercream frosting with other coffee flavored desserts? You could whip up a batch of mocha cupcakes or a coffee cake recipe and top them off with the best mocha buttercream frosting. The result – a decadent dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

When it comes to flavors that complement this frosting, rich and bold coffee flavors are the obvious choice. In addition to pairing perfectly with chocolate-flavored cakes, this easy mocha frosting also complements dark roast coffee and espresso-based drinks.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try combining this easy chocolate frosting with other flavors such as cream cheese or chocolate ganache frosting for a unique twist. The possibilities are endless!

In conclusion, the serving and pairing options for this easy-to-make chocolate-coffee frosting are vast. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or simply indulging in some sweet treats at home, you’ll find that this frosting is versatile enough to go with just about anything!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or a special occasion, this frosting won't disappoint
Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or a special occasion, this frosting won’t disappoint

Greetings coffee and chocolate lovers! Are you planning to make my easy and incredible chocolate-coffee frosting recipe but wondering how to handle the make-ahead, storing, or reheating of the frosting? Don’t fret because I am here to give you some helpful tips for perfect results.

Once you’ve whipped up a batch of this delicious frosting, here are some things you should keep in mind. Firstly, if you have any leftover chocolate-coffee frosting, it can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. When reheating the refrigerated leftover frosting, allow it to come to room temperature before using. I recommend doing this on the counter, but if you are short on time, you can place it in a bowl and microwave it at 15-second intervals until warm.

If there is excess frosting that would be disastrous for your diet plan, don’t worry. You could also freeze it for up to 3 months. Make sure to store the frosting in a shallow and airtight container so that it freezes evenly. To thaw frozen frosting, simply let it sit in the refrigerator overnight or leave it at room temperature until it softens.

If you’re making this frosting ahead of time and need to store it for later use, keep the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days before using.

Remember that once you assemble the cake with this delicious chocolate-coffee buttercream frosting, don’t store the cake in the fridge. Instead, place the cake at room temperature or cover loosely with foil and put on your kitchen counter.

I hope these tips will help you maintain the rich and luscious taste of your chocolate-coffee buttercream frosting recipe. Do not hesitate to experiment with different storing methods as per your convenience because ultimately what matters is achieving that perfect flavor combination of coffee and chocolate that indulges your taste buds in every bite!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Life is short, eat the frosting first and smile
Life is short, eat the frosting first and smile

When making delicious chocolate-coffee frosting, you want to ensure that every scoop is a hit with your taste buds. Here are some tips and tricks to help make sure that your frosting turns out perfect every time.

Firstly, ensure that you use high-quality ingredients. The better quality of cocoa powder and coffee you use, the better it will taste. Using good quality unsweetened cocoa powder with deep chocolate flavor will give your frosting a rich and bold taste. For the coffee, try using a dark roasted coffee or espresso as it will bring out the flavor of the chocolate.

Another key thing to consider is the consistency of your frosting. For a smooth texture, be sure to start with room temperature butter and incorporate powdered sugar gradually. You don’t want to add too much powdered sugar at once since it can make the frosting grainy. A good rule of thumb is to start by adding 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, while mixing on low speed until well combined.

When incorporating the dry instant coffee granules into the frosting, dissolve them first in a little bit of warm water or milk before adding them in. This will ensure that there are no granules left in your frosting that can give it a gritty texture.

For those who prefer their frostings less sweet, try decreasing the amount of confectioners’ sugar or substituting it with granulated sugar. However, keep in mind that doing so may affect the overall structure and texture of your frosting.

Last but not least, don’t forget about presentation! When piping or spreading your frosting onto cupcakes or cakes, make sure to hold the piping bag at a 90-degree angle for maximum control and uniformity. Decorating with chocolate chips or sprinkles can also add a nice finishing touch.

By following these tips, you can be sure that your chocolate-coffee frosting will turn out perfect every time and delight everyone’s taste buds with its decadent chocolate and coffee flavor.


Now that you have all the details to make this incredible and easy chocolate-coffee frosting recipe, you might be wondering about some particularities. In order to clarify some uncertainties and help you avoid any issues during the preparation process, I’ve compiled a set of FAQs with the most frequent doubts about this recipe. Check them out!

What is mocha frosting made of?

To make mocha frosting, one needs a handful of ingredients including butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. These ingredients combine to make a luscious and indulgent frosting that is perfect for adding an extra layer of flavor to cakes, cupcakes, or any other dessert of your choice.

What does adding coffee to chocolate cake do?

When it comes to chocolate desserts, a touch of coffee can do wonders for the flavor without overwhelming it. Coffee plays the role of a background character, lifting up the chocolate’s taste and making it shine. It’s akin to the function of salt, which brings out the flavors of cookies and prevents them from becoming bland, without making them taste salty.

Can you add coffee to canned frosting?

Now, let’s talk about how to take your frosting game to the next level. To start, create a small hole in the center of the frosting. Next, add some dissolved coffee to the hole. Carefully mix the coffee into the frosting until it’s completely blended. And voila! Your frosting is now upgraded and ready to be spread on your favorite Pillsbury™ Cake or Brownie Mix.

What kind of frosting made of chocolate and heavy cream?

One can never go wrong with a classic chocolate ganache, which is a combination of chocolate and warm cream mixed at a 1:1 ratio. With its smooth, silky, and shiny texture, chocolate ganache is a must-have in any baker’s arsenal. This versatile mixture can be used as a filling, dip, spread, frosting, topping, or even as a layer in a cake. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it can also take your baked creations to a whole new level.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this easy and incredible chocolate-coffee frosting recipe is a must-have for any coffee and chocolate lover out there. It’s the perfect addition to any cake or cupcake recipe, providing a luscious and velvety smooth texture that compliments your baked goods. Not to mention, the enriching aroma and decadent flavor of chocolate and coffee make it unforgettable.

By following these simple steps, using high-quality ingredients and experimenting with substitutions and variations, you can customize your frosting to match your preferences perfectly. The recipe also lends itself well to make-ahead, storing, reheating and pairing with other ingredients as you wish.

Whether it’s a birthday party, a special occasion or just an everyday treat, this frosting will elevate your sweet creations to an entirely new level. So go ahead and indulge in the best of both worlds: chocolate and coffee! With this recipe, the possibilities are endless, and the satisfaction is guaranteed. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Incredible and Easy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting

Incredible and Easy Chocolate-Coffee Frosting Recipe

I took this recipe from the Ghiradelli cocoa mix box and altered it a bit. I tend to find frosting recipes sickeningly sweet. This one is delicious and just the right sweetness, with a great mocha flavor. This recipe makes enough to cover the tops and sides of 2 9-inch rounds. Try it with the "Better than Box Cake" yellow cake recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 1 frosted 2 layer cake
Calories 1804 kcal


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I recommend Ghiradelli)
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons dry instant coffee


  • Place butter, milk, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Stir mixture until all the butter has just melted.
  • Remove from heat and add the vanilla and salt.
  • Sift in the confectioner's sugar and ground coffee.
  • Mix until smooth.
  • Cool to room temperature and frost away!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 487gCalories: 1804kcalCarbohydrates: 312.9gProtein: 16.1gFat: 72.4gSaturated Fat: 45.3gCholesterol: 169.3mgSodium: 745.2mgFiber: 21.4gSugar: 269.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Kosher
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