Delicious Mocha Frosting Recipe for Coffee Lovers

Attention coffee and chocolate lovers! Today, I have an irresistible treat for you – a delicious Mocha Frosting recipe that is gluten-free and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and indulgent.

Who doesn’t love the rich combination of coffee and chocolate? From a warm cup of mocha latte to chocolate mocha cake, there’s something magical about this flavor duo. And now, we’ve got the perfect recipe to take it up a notch – Mocha Frosting!

Whether you’re planning to make scrumptious gluten-free cupcakes or a stunning layer cake, this recipe has got you covered. The creamy frosting infused with coffee and cocoa powder is sure to elevate any dessert you top it on. Plus, it’s so easy to make that even if you’re not an expert baker, you can still nail it.

So go ahead and indulge in some decadent chocolatey goodness with our Mocha Frosting recipe. Trust me; your taste buds will be thanking you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Frosting - Gf
Mocha Frosting – Gf

If you’re a fan of mocha flavors, then you’ll absolutely love this delicious and easy-to-make Mocha Frosting. Made with gluten-free ingredients, this recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in their favorite flavor without any dietary restrictions holding them back.

What sets this frosting apart is that it’s not your average buttercream frosting; it has the added bonus of a deep chocolate flavor thanks to the cocoa powder and the subtle sweetness of espresso powder that brings out the richness of the chocolate. The combination of these flavors is perfect for adding on top of chocolate or vanilla cupcakes, or even layer cakes, making every bite scrumptious and satisfying.

Plus, because this frosting recipe is gluten-free, you can share it with all your friends and family members who have gluten sensitivities without worrying about anyone being left out. You’ll love how light and fluffy this frosting feels as it melts in your mouth.

Overall, this Mocha Frosting recipe is perfect for any occasion, from weekend baking projects to special occasions like birthdays or baby showers. It’s easy to make with no-fuss ingredients that are likely already in your pantry, and it’s definitely worth a try for anyone who loves mocha flavors. Trust me; you won’t regret giving this frosting a shot once used in a recipe.

Ingredient List

“Take your cupcakes to the next level with this delicious Mocha Frosting!”

To make this gluten-free and delicious mocha frosting, we will need the following ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch processed
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Note: Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

“One lick of this frosting will transport you straight to a cozy coffee shop.”

Preheat the oven and make the mocha cupcakes batter

Firstly, I preheat my oven to 350°F. This temperature works like a charm with this recipe to get perfectly fluffy cupcakes. To start off, I use Duncan Hines Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix to make the batter for these delicious mocha cupcakes. Next, I add espresso powder to enhance the flavor of the chocolate cake, followed by 1/2 cup of water. Then, I add a stick of softened butter and one egg. I mix all these ingredients together until they form a smooth batter.

Bake the cupcakes

Afterward, I pour this mixture into cupcake molds that I lined with paper liners. Then, I pop them into the oven and set a timer for 18 minutes. Depending on your oven and altitude, it might take 2-3 extra minutes. You can do a toothpick test to check if they’re done at your desired timing.

Make the mocha buttercream frosting

While the cupcakes are baking away in the oven, it’s time to whip up some frosting! I opt for a Mocha Buttercream Frosting, which is simply buttercream frosting that has cocoa powder and instant coffee mixed into it! Firstly, cream together 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening and 1/2 stick of unsalted butter on medium speed until fluffy. Next, lower the mixer’s speed and add in 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Once it’s fully incorporated into the mixture, raise the speed back up to medium again.

Add sugar and espresso

Next, we slowly add in one pound of powdered sugar, which gives it that perfect sweetness level without being overpowering. After half of the powdered sugar is added, pour in two tablespoons of espresso or strong brewed coffee (whichever you prefer) and one tsp of vanilla extract. Keep the mixer on low speed till it’s all well combined.

Frost the cupcakes

Later, once the cupcakes are cooled down completely, life gets exciting with frosting! I start by piping the frosting onto the top part of each cupcake with a large star tip nozzle. That creates that lovely swirl on top of each cupcake, which makes them look so inviting! You could use a butter knife to spread out the frosting evenly as well. And boom! They’re ready to devour or store for later enjoyment!

With this recipe, you can enjoy scrumptious gluten-free mocha cupcakes at any time!

Substitutions and Variations

“Make every bite of your dessert count with this decadent gluten-free frosting.”

Do you want to make this mocha frosting recipe your own? Here are some substitutions and variations to try out:

– Vegan and gluten-free option: Swap the butter and vegetable shortening for vegan and gluten-free substitutes, like Earth Balance or coconut oil, respectively. Use an all-purpose gluten-free flour instead of regular flour.

– Espresso or coffee? You can use espresso powder or instant coffee granules interchangeably in this recipe, depending on what you have on hand or your desired intensity of coffee flavor. For something extra special, try swapping in some strong brewed coffee for the water in the recipe.

– Chocolatey variations: This recipe uses a balance of powdered sugar and cocoa powder for a classic mocha flavor. But if you’re a serious chocoholic, you can increase the amount of cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor. You could also try adding in some melted chocolate or cocoa nibs to the frosting for a crunchy texture.

– Flavor additions: To mix things up, try adding other flavors to the frosting. For example, you could stir in some almond or coconut extract for a nutty twist, or add some orange zest for a citrusy kick.

– Adjusting consistency: If your frosting is too thick or too thin, don’t worry! You can easily adjust it by adding more powdered sugar (for a thicker consistency) or more water (for a thinner one). Just keep in mind that adjusting will change the flavor slightly as well.

Remember – this is just the beginning. Once you’ve got this mocha buttercream frosting down pat, don’t be afraid to experiment with your own creative substitutions and variations!

Serving and Pairing

“Who needs a cup of coffee when you have Mocha Frosting?”

Looking to elevate your desserts game and impress your guests at the same time? This gluten-free Mocha Frosting is the perfect choice! The rich, creamy texture and mocha flavor pair beautifully with almost any type of dessert.

For starters, you can’t go wrong with classic chocolate cupcakes. Top each one with a generous dollop of this frosting, and watch how their eyes light up as they take a bite. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a hint of coffee extract to the cupcake recipe to enhance the mocha flavor even further.

Another great pairing to consider is a vanilla or mocha layer cake. Smooth a thick layer of frosting between each cake layer, then spread it over the cake’s exterior. For added texture, sprinkle some crushed dark chocolate or cocoa nibs on top.

If you’re more of a snack cake lover, try spreading this frosting over your favorite gluten-free brownies or blondies. The rich, decadent taste of the frosting will beautifully complement the fudgy or buttery texture of the snack cake.

Finally, if you’re in need of something more refreshing after dinner, consider using this mocha frosting as a dip for fresh fruit such as strawberries, sliced bananas or pineapple chunks. You can also try pairing it with some crispy gluten-free cookies or shortbread biscuits for an indulgent sweet treat.

No matter what you choose to pair it with, this Mocha Frosting will certainly add an extra level of depth and sophistication to your desserts.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Indulge in the perfect combination of chocolate and coffee with this easy recipe.”

When it comes to make-ahead and storing, Mocha frosting is an excellent choice. The frosting can be made up to three days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Before using it, allow the frosting to come to room temperature before giving it a quick whisk.

If you’re planning ahead for a party or event, consider making the frosting one day ahead, so that the flavors have time to develop and deepen. Make sure that you store it correctly by spreading it out evenly on a large plate or baking tray instead of piling it up in one heap. This will prevent it from getting squished or misshapen while chilling.

To store extra frosting after decorating, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to three days. When you’re ready to use the remaining frosting again, give it a quick stir with a spatula and leave it at room temperature until soft enough for piping.

Reheating leftover frosting is not recommended as this can cause the moisture in the frosting to evaporate and make it grainy, resulting in a less desirable texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

“This frosting will become your new go-to for any chocolate dessert.”

As a barista, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve for making the perfect mocha frosting. Here are my recommendations for ensuring your frosting turns out absolutely scrumptious:

1. Use high-quality cocoa powder: Quality ingredients make all the difference in your final product. I recommend using unsweetened, high-fat cocoa powder for a rich and flavorful frosting.

2. Cream the butter and shortening well: Be sure to cream the butter and shortening together until light and fluffy, this will make your frosting light.

3. Sift the powdered sugar: Powdered sugar tends to clump together, sift it before mixing it into the butter mixture so that it is light and fluffy.

4. Add espresso powder in moderation: If you want a subtle coffee flavor, use just a teaspoon or two of espresso powder. But there is no harm in adding more for those who love coffee!

5. Keep the frosting cool: When making layered cakes or cupcakes, it is essential to chill your frosting between layers to avoid having it melt or become too runny.

6. Experiment with different variations: Don’t be afraid to try different variations of this recipe by altering ingredient ratios slightly or adding flavors like vanilla extract or cinnamon.

7. Use high-quality chocolate: When making mocha ganache frosting, try using high-quality chocolate like Lindt for a richer flavor

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the perfect mocha buttercream frosting every time. Enjoy!


Before moving on to the FAQ section, it’s important to note that even the most well-planned recipes might leave you with some questions. From ingredient substitutions to baking techniques, there is always something new to learn in the kitchen. So keep reading below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this Mocha Frosting – GF Recipe.

What is mocha frosting made of?

To make delectable mocha frosting, one needs butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract.

Which frosting is gluten free?

The “creamy chocolate” and “creamy vanilla” canned frostings from Duncan Hines brand are known to be allergen-free with no gluten in them. You can check the nutritional information for confirmation.

Is Betty Crocker buttercream frosting gluten free?

Betty Crocker’s Ready-to-Spread Frosting is suitable for individuals who follow a gluten-free diet as all flavors come with a “gluten-free” label.

Is Duncan Hines chocolate frosting gluten free?

Elevate your home-baked desserts with delectable frostings that are both delicious and user-friendly. Indulge in smooth, creamy textures that effortlessly blend with your favorite cake or brownie, enhancing their flavors to perfection. Opt for naturally gluten-free options for a guilt-free, crave-worthy experience.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the mocha frosting recipe is an amazing dessert for all coffee and chocolate lovers out there, even for those with gluten intolerance. The recipe is easy to follow and with the right ingredients, you can recreate that scrumptious gluten-free mocha frosting right at home. Be sure to experiment with different variations and combinations of flavors like vanilla, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Don’t limit yourself, as the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to make mocha cupcakes or layer cakes, this recipe will satisfy your cravings. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for trying this recipe. So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen and give this mocha frosting recipe a try!

Mocha Frosting - Gf

Mocha Frosting - Gf Recipe

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 8 cups
Calories 924.4 kcal


  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable shortening, such as organic Spectrum shortening
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free margarine
  • 2 teaspoons coffee extract


  • 1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine powdered sugar, cocoa and salt.
  • 2. With a whip attachment, add boiling water and whip at medium-low speed until smooth and cool, approximately 5 minutes.
  • 3. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Add shortening, margarine and extract to the sugar mixture. Whip at medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, approximately 10 minutes.
  • 4. Scrape down the bowl and whip an additional minute. Frost cake and garnish with raspberries or shaved chocolate.
  • TIP Refrigerate leftover frosting in an airtight container for two weeks. Let frosting return to room temperature and then re-whip for 2 minutes before using.

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Serving: 171gCalories: 924.4kcalCarbohydrates: 90.5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 64.3gSaturated Fat: 18.5gSodium: 146.6mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 88.2g
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