Coffee Cupcakes With Coffee Buttercream

These moist and delicious coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream are a definite indulgence for coffee lovers. And they are ridiculously easy to make that you just want to keep baking them.

Coffee cupcakes.

Coffee cupcakes for coffee lovers

Yup. That’s the promise of this coffee cupcake recipe.

And I guess you are one of those coffee lovers. That’s why you are here checking this recipe.

Coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream.

Well, I myself am a coffee-loving gal. However, my top requirement is that it has to be 100% Arabica coffee. Starting my day with a cup of coffee is a must. Else, I won’t be able to go through my day in content. 

This love of coffee is what makes this cupcake recipe. 

Because most, if not all, similar recipes will use coffee extract or fancy ingredients that I may not always have ready in my kitchen.

After having a few attempts, I am happy and settled with this coffee cupcake recipe. 

The cupcakes are moist and fluffy, with enough coffee flavor. And the buttercream takes the cupcake to another level of deliciousness. 

And if you fancy enjoying these sweeties with more coffee flavor, try having them with a glass of this coffee soda by Hilda’s Kitchen Blog. Promise, you’ll be coffee-ey all day.

Easy ingredients

Just like most recipes that I share, this coffee cupcake uses easy and simple ingredients as well. Most of the items are a regular staple in most kitchens.

So, for the cupcakes, you will need instant coffee granules, caster sugar, all-purpose flour, margarine/ baking spread, eggs, and baking powder.

A bowl of flour, a bowl of sugar, a bowl of margarine, a bowl of baking powder, a small container of instant coffee granules, and eggs.

As for the buttercream, you need powdered icing sugar, butter, instant coffee granules, and hot water.

A little note here: you can use espresso powder or instant espresso instead of instant coffee granules. 

And if you prefer, you can use salted butter instead of margarine. The only difference is that butter gives a slightly dense texture to the cupcakes. And in cold temperature weather, the butter makes the cupcakes a little bit harder.

While margarine or baking spread creates a soft and fluffy texture to the cakes, regardless of the room temperature, it keeps your cupcakes moist and soft. 

How to make the best coffee cupcakes

The method of making these cupcakes is pretty simple and easy. 

Firstly, you prepare the cupcake tin and line it with cupcake cases. Then preheat the oven to 180℃/ 356℉ or gas mark 4

Then, dissolve the coffee granules in the eggs. You can use either a fork, a hand whisk, a wooden spoon, or a hand mixer to mix. 

When coffee granules have dissolved, add the flour, margarine, baking spread, and baking powder. Use a handheld or a stand mixer to beat the ingredients together until you get a nice and smooth mixture.

Scoop the batter into cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. And when you press the cake, it will bounce back nicely.

Leave the cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack.

Next, make the buttercream by dissolving coffee granules in a teaspoon of hot water. Let it cool while you get on with the other ingredients.

Place the butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Once the melted coffee has cooled down, add it to the bowl. And start beating them using a handheld or a stand mixer until you get a fluffy buttercream. 

Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them with the buttercream. 

Tips for delicious coffee cupcakes

  • Make sure your instant coffee granules or instant espresso are fresh and not stale. So they will dissolve well.
  • Leave the dissolved coffee for the buttercream to cool to room temperature before adding it to the buttercream mixture.
cupcakes with frosting and without.

Storage matter

The good news is that you can freeze your coffee cupcakes. They keep well for up to 6 weeks. 

And they last for about a week at room temperature. Just make sure you store them in a tightly lidded food/ cake container. 

If you want to, you can keep the cupcakes in the refrigerator. However, I don’t really do it because the cupcakes go hard in cold temperatures. 

coffee flavored cupcakes frosted with coffee flavored buttercream.

More cupcake recipes

Thank you for checking this coffee cupcake recipe out. Please try it out and share what you think about it in the comments below. I really appreciate it.

Don’t forget to take a look at other cupcake recipes that you may like.

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. To sneak a look at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Take care and all the best.

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Coffee cupcake recipe

These moist and delicious coffee cupcakes with coffee buttercream are a definite indulgence for coffee lovers. And they are ridiculously easy to make that you just want to keep baking them.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Sweets & Desserts
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes


  • Mixing bowls.
  • Wooden spoon
  • Handheld mixer
  • Cupcake tin
  • Cupcake cases


For the cupcakes

  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 grams of baking spread or margarine
  • 120 grams caster sugar
  • 150 grams of all-purpose flour/ plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

For the frosting

  • 50 grams of salted butter softened.
  • 100 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon hot water


For the cupcakes

  • Place the eggs and 1 ½ teaspoons of instant coffee granules in a mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, a hand whisk, or a fork, lightly beat them until the coffee granules melt in the egg.
  • Add the caster sugar to the egg mixture and stir again.
  • Then add the baking spread (or margarine), flour, and baking powder into the egg mix. Using a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer, whisk it until you get a smooth batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 180℃/ 356℉ or gas mark 4
  • Prepare the muffin/ cupcake tin with cupcake cases.
  • Scoop the batter into each case and bake in a preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes are springy to the touch.
  • Put the cupcakes on a cooling wire rack and let them cool to room temperature before frosting them with coffee buttercream.

For the buttercream

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules with 1 teaspoon of hot water in a small mixing bowl.
  • Stir well until all the granules have dissolved. Let it cool.
  • Place the butter, icing sugar, and coffee mixture in a mixing bowl. Using a handheld, or a stand mixer, beat them and mix them until you get light and fluffy buttercream.


  • Make sure your instant coffee granules are not old and stale. Because the fresh coffee granules will melt easily, and the flavor will definitely be better.
  • Check the temperature of the melted coffee mixture before adding it to the butter and sugar. Make sure it has completely cooled down. Else, the butter will melt or go too soft.


Serving: 80grams | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg


Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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  1. 5 stars
    That coffee buttercream was outstanding! I’d like to just eat one of these in the morning instead of having a cup of coffee. Or better yet, both at the same time 🙂

    1. Oh yes, a cup of coffee with a coffee cupcake will definitely a good start of the day for us.

  2. 5 stars
    I love anything with coffee and these coffee cupcakes were exactly what I imagined. I’ll keep this recipe to make again!

    1. I’m glad the cupcakes met your expectation. We love them too.

  3. 5 stars
    These cupcakes were sensational! They was packed with coffee flavor and so tender and moist. I’m going to make them again for my birthday (today!) and use a chocolate buttercream. Yum!

    1. Yaayy. So glad you like the cupcakes. Yes, chocolate buttercream will be nice for these coffee cupcakes.

  4. 5 stars
    I made these for my coffee-loving father-in-law and they were such a hit! He’s already requested more. They are moist and tender and packed with coffee flavor. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. You’re most welcome. Happy that your family loves the cupcakes.

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious — and perfect alongside a cup of coffee! We made them yesterday, and my husband and I were raving about them this morning after we both had one.

    1. What can be a better choice to go along with a cup of coffee than a coffee cupcake? I’m with you 🙂

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