Delicious and Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Are you looking to add a touch of sophistication to your baking? Look no further than our recipe for rich and indulgent mocha frosting!

This frosting is perfect for any chocolate cake, cupcake, or coffee cake, packed with the strong flavors of instant espresso and unsweetened cocoa powder. Our mocha buttercream will elevate your baked goods to the next level, impressing everyone who takes a bite.

But don’t let its decadent taste fool you – this mocha frosting recipe is actually quite easy to make! With just a few key ingredients and some simple steps, you’ll have a beautiful and delicious frosting in no time. And if you’re feeling creative, we’ve included variations and substitutions to try out as well.

So why settle for basic buttercream icing when you can create something truly special? Indulge in the richness of our mocha frosting, and take your baking game to new heights.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Frosting
Mocha Frosting

Calling all coffee lovers! This mocha frosting recipe is the perfect addition to your collection. If you’re a fan of rich, decadent flavors and creamy textures, then this frosting is right up your alley. Here are some reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it to frost cupcakes, cakes, or even as a filling for macarons or sandwich cookies. Plus, the rich mocha flavor pairs well with chocolate, vanilla or coffee cake – it’s perfect for any occasion.

Another reason to love this recipe is how easy it is to make. With just a few ingredients and simple steps, you can whip up a batch of delicious mocha buttercream frosting in no time.

Not only is this frosting easy to make, but it’s also customizable to your taste preferences. Want a stronger coffee flavor? Add more instant espresso powder. Prefer your frosting sweeter? Simply add more confectioners’ sugar until you reach your desired sweetness level.

Lastly, this recipe uses high-quality ingredients like unsalted butter, heavy cream and espresso powder which provide a velvety texture and sharp, strong taste. Plus, you can feel confident serving this frosting as everything from the cocoa powder to the salted vanilla extract was carefully selected to create the best possible flavor explosion.

Overall, this mocha frosting recipe adds an extra punch of flavor to any dessert, is simple to make, and endlessly customizable based on personal preference. It’s sure to become one of your go-to frosting recipes for years to come!

Ingredient List

 Dive into the rich and creamy Mocha Frosting
Dive into the rich and creamy Mocha Frosting

Here are the ingredients that you will need to prepare this scrumptious Mocha Frosting Recipe:

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

All the ingredients for this recipe are easily accessible in your nearby grocery store, making it an easy recipe to whip up at any time of day. Make sure to have all of these ingredients on hand before starting the recipe for the best results.

The Recipe How-To

 Add a sweet treat to your favorite desserts
Add a sweet treat to your favorite desserts

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s start making this delicious mocha buttercream frosting. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for topping your favorite chocolate cake, cupcakes, or even a coffee cake! Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Mixing Espresso Powder and Hot Water

The first step in making your mocha frosting is to mix together 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder with 2 tablespoons of hot water. Stir until the powder has dissolved completely and set aside.

Step 2: Combining Butter and Powdered Sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 and ½ cups of unsalted butter (softened at room temperature) with 3 – 4 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar). Mix on low speed until the mixture becomes fluffy and light.

Step 3: Adding Cocoa Powder, Espresso Mixture, and Vanilla Extract

Once the mixture has become fluffy, add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and the espresso mixture prepared in step one. Mix everything together on low speed and then increase it to medium-high speed for approximately two minutes until blended perfectly.

Next, add to the mixture a pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, and 4 tablespoons of heavy cream. Mix again on medium-high speed for another two minutes until everything is fully combined.

Step 4: Deciding Frosting Consistency

At this stage, you need to decide whether you want a thinner or thicker consistency for your frosting. If you want the frosting thinner, add more heavy cream; if you want it thicker, add more powdered sugar icing sugar.

Step 5: Frosting Your Cake or Cupcakes

Finally, once your desired consistency has been achieved, all that’s left is to frost your cake or cupcakes with the delicious mocha frosting you have just made.

Whether using it for a moist chocolate cake or fluffy vanilla cake, this mocha buttercream frosting recipe is sure to impress. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Treat yourself to a velvety, chocolatey frosting
Treat yourself to a velvety, chocolatey frosting

As a barista, I know that making substitutions and variations to a recipe is always possible, especially when it comes to frosting recipes. Here are some suggestions for the mocha frosting recipe:

– Espresso powder: If you don’t have instant espresso powder on hand, you can use an equal amount of instant coffee granules instead. Just be aware that the coffee flavor might be slightly different.

– Milk/Heavy Cream: While this recipe calls for heavy cream, you can absolutely use milk or half & half instead if you prefer a milder flavor. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a richer frosting, try substituting the heavy cream with sour cream or cream cheese.

– Cocoa Powder: If you want a more intense chocolate flavor, try using Dutch-process cocoa powder in place of unsweetened cocoa powder.

– Butter: You can substitute unsalted butter with salted butter if that’s what you have on hand. But please note that if you do so, don’t add any additional salt to the recipe.

– Confectioners’ Sugar: This ingredient is also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar. If you have none of these, simply blend granulated sugar in a blender or food processor till it’s fine.

– Vanilla Extract: Preferably use pure vanilla extract but imitation vanilla extract works as well. If you want to change up the flavor profile, try adding almond extract instead of vanilla extract.

– Frosting made vegan: For those who prefer vegan options, one suggestion is to replace the unsalted butter with vegan butter and replace the heavy cream with coconut milk or other vegan alternatives available on your local store.

Remember, while substitutions may not lead to exactly the same taste as when following the original recipe ingredients and guide, they offer an opportunity to tailor make your own unique flavour profiles and preferences!

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet cravings with Mocha Frosting
Satisfy your sweet cravings with Mocha Frosting

The rich and indulgent Mocha Frosting is a versatile frosting that pairs perfectly with a range of baked goods. You can use it to enhance the flavors of various desserts such as chocolate cake, cupcakes, and even coffee cake. It is the perfect topping for any dessert recipe that can benefit from a decadent and deep coffee flavor.

When serving and pairing this frosting, I would recommend using it at room temperature or slightly chilled for the best consistency. Spread it generously over your chosen dessert, making sure to cover every inch evenly. You can use a knife, spatula, or piping bag for an extra decorative touch.

Pairing this frosting with the right dessert will make all the difference when it comes to enhancing its rich flavors. One classic pairing option is to serve it with a moist chocolate cake. The rich mocha flavor of the frosting complements the chocolate base, resulting in a well-rounded dessert experience.

Another creative use for this frosting would be to top off vanilla cupcakes or cake with a swirl of Mocha Buttercream icing. The contrasting coffee flavor on top of subtle vanilla offers an incredible taste experience. Or you could pair it with a moist coffee cake to make each bite perfectly balanced.

In summary, this frosting is an ideal partner for most chocolate desserts and other baked goods containing coffee flavor elements. Experiment with different pairings until you find what works best for you.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Frost your cakes and cupcakes with a luscious Mocha Frosting
Frost your cakes and cupcakes with a luscious Mocha Frosting

After making the mocha frosting recipe, you should store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The frosting can last for up to a week in the fridge but make sure that it’s properly sealed to prevent drying out.

If you want to make the frosting ahead of time, don’t worry! It’s an excellent frosting choice for those who like to plan ahead as it freezes beautifully. Store your frosting in a freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid and freeze for up to two months. To thaw, allow it to sit out at room temperature until soft then whisk or stir to combine.

When reheating, add your frosting to a heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water. Make sure that the bowl is big enough not to touch the water, then stir frequently until warm and glossy. Do not overheat or the butter will separate, and your frosting will become oily.

Remember that reheated frosting may not be as fluffy as freshly made ones due to melting and being stirred back together. Be careful when handling reheated frosting as it can be soft and require more mixing.

In summary, prepare ahead of time or store any leftovers of this rich mocha buttercream properly, so you can enjoy its smoothness and rich flavor for days without losing its texture or taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your baked goods' flavor profile with Mocha Frosting
Elevate your baked goods’ flavor profile with Mocha Frosting

Making the perfect mocha frosting can be a challenge, and requires careful attention to detail. Here are some tips that will help ensure that your frosting comes out perfectly every time.

Firstly, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin mixing them. This allows for better blending of the ingredients and will give you a smoother, creamier frosting in the end.

When combining your powdered sugar and cocoa powder, it is important to sift them together first to remove any lumps. This will prevent clumps in your frosting and give it a smoother texture.

To achieve a richer mocha flavor, you can use dark cocoa powder or add some melted chocolate to the buttercream mixture. However, be sure to adjust the amount of powdered sugar accordingly to keep the frosting from becoming too sweet.

Adding instant espresso powder to hot water is an efficient way of getting intense coffee flavor into your frosting without adding liquid that would affect its consistency. Be sure to dissolve the instant espresso powder properly before adding it into the buttercream mixture to get rid of graininess in the final product.

When making buttercream frosting, always mix on low speed until all ingredients are well incorporated. Then increase the speed to whip up the creamy mixture into fluffy and light texture.

If you have any leftover mocha frosting after decorating your cake or cupcakes, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Before using again, allow it come to room temperature and then beat it vigorously with an electric mixer to restore its smooth consistency.

Keep these tips in mind as you make our recipe for mocha frosting and you’ll be sure to have delicious results that will impress anyone who tries them!


As a barista, I know that questions often arise when it comes to new recipes. Therefore, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided comprehensive answers to ensure that you can make the perfect mocha frosting recipe every time. Check out the FAQ section below for more information.

What is mocha frosting made of?

To create mocha frosting, one needs a combination of butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract.

Can you add coffee to store bought frosting?

Have you ever wondered how to add an extra boost of flavor to your cup of joe? Well, one way is to mix in some instant coffee powder! If you’re using chocolate icing, simply add in 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder that has been diluted in ½ teaspoon of hot water. This will help enhance the chocolate flavor and give your coffee an extra kick. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it!

How to make moka cream?

Alright, let’s whip up some delicious mocha cream! To start, we’ll need to grab a mixing bowl and combine some whipping cream and sugar. I recommend using an electric mixer to beat the two ingredients together until they form stiff peaks.

Next up, let’s dissolve some coffee granules in boiling water. Once the coffee is dissolved, we’ll need to let it cool off a bit before adding it to the whipped cream mixture. Be sure to mix it in thoroughly using the electric mixer.

Once the mocha cream is all mixed up, it’s important to keep it refrigerated until it’s ready to serve. This sweet and creamy treat will be a perfect addition to any cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

What is the difference between buttercream icing and frosting?

When it comes to frosting and buttercream, the ingredients are the key to telling them apart. While they share some common components like powdered sugar, fat, flavouring, and liquid, frosting is made without any butter. In its place, cream cheese or shortening is used instead.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the mocha frosting recipe is an essential addition to your baking arsenal. It is a versatile recipe that can be used to top off any chocolate cake, cupcakes, or coffee-based desserts. This recipe’s rich and decadent flavor profile will leave you wanting more and will be the perfect finishing touch for all your baked goods.

Moreover, this frosting recipe is easy to make and can be customized to your preference by using substitutions and variations. You can make it with either instant espresso or instant coffee granules depending on your preference. You can also adjust the amount of sugar used to balance the sweetness and tanginess.

Finally, this recipe’s make-ahead, storing, and reheating tips make it a convenient option for preparing in advance or saving leftovers for later. In summary, whether you are an experienced baker or just starting, this mocha frosting recipe is a must-try for every coffee lover searching to elevate their baked goods’ flavors. So what are you waiting for? Get your apron on and whip up a batch of creamy mocha buttercream frosting that will leave everyone craving more!

Mocha Frosting

Mocha Frosting Recipe

A nicely balanced mix of coffee and chocolate. I use this to frost Chili Chocolate Cinnamon Cake #36899. Posted by request. Recipe from "Chocolate Cake"
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5 cups
Calories 741 kcal


  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar, about
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso
  • 1/4 cup milk or 1/4 cup heavy cream, about


  • Dissolve coffee in 2 tbls hot water.
  • Beat (electric mixer) butter until light, sift the sugar and cocoa into the butter.
  • Combine, stirring with a spoon until well blended.
  • Stir in the coffee and milk.
  • Beat (electric mixer) frosting on low speed until until smooth and light.
  • If necessary, adjust consistancy by adding 1 tbls of sugar or milk at a time.

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Serving: 880gCalories: 741kcalCarbohydrates: 125.8gProtein: 2.5gFat: 29.2gSaturated Fat: 18.4gCholesterol: 74.9mgSodium: 14.4mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 117.5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Low Protein, No-Cook
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