Simple, Sweet Mocha Cupcakes

Cupcakes.  Is there any food more adorable than a cupcake?  More adorable, versatile, or...simple?

The idea that cupcakes are simple may raise some eyebrows among those of you who don't enjoy baking or find baking difficult.  And, yes, there are many cupcake creations that are intricate affairs best left to those who truly enjoy the pastry arts.  But here's a little can make cupcakes that look almost as gourmet as those found at your favorite bakery, without all the fuss.  You just need to use...

A mix.

I know, I know, "Shhhh, don't tell anyone!"  And you don't have to.  But here's another little secret; even those of us who adore baking sometimes rely on mixes and pre-made frostings.  So, if you'd like to impress your friends at book club, a baby shower, or coffee break, why not whip up a batch of delightful Mocha Cupcakes?

Here's all you need:
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Pre-made Cream Cheese Frosting (buy 2 if you want to do big swirls of frosting)
  • Instant coffee or instant espresso granules
  • Coffee beans (for garnish, optional, but looks great!)
  • Muffin liners
Follow the instructions on the cake mix package for preparing cupcakes.  While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.  Mix the instant coffee granules, to taste, into the frosting.  Add a bit at a time as too much will taste bitter.  I used about half of a Starbucks VIA instant coffee packet to a regular size can of  frosting and that was perfect.  When your frosting is well mixed, insert a large tip (such as Wilton's 1M) into a decorator bag and fill the bag with frosting.  Pipe large swirls or rosettes onto the top of the cooled cupcakes.  Garnish with coffee beans (if you can find chocolate covered coffee beans, even better!).  Share with all your favorite people!

I love to bake, and I am a huge fan of making things from scratch.  However, sometimes you need something that you can whip together quickly and cake mixes are perfect for times like these!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. i love cupcakes... and this looks absolutely yummy!!

  2. I am now following you thanks to New Friend Fridays!It would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog!
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  3. I agree, I don't always have the time to make things from scratch a sometimes adding something to a box makes the whole difference!
    Thanks for saying hi!

  4. Those cupcakes look absolutely delicious - now I want a cupcake!

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    Happy Friday!

  5. Mmmmmmmmm....frosting....dang it! Now I want a cupcake!

  6. This sounds delicious and so simple too!!

    Thanks for the comment, I'm your newest follower!


  7. I definitely have to get a large tip so I can pipe my frosting on like that! I love mocha and those look great!

    Stopping by from New Friend Friday!

  8. Now following, as if the cupcake show on tv weren't enough to temp me, now I have you too... oh well guess I am a glutton for punishment!

    Cute blog, and those really look yummy!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my block from NFF and commenting. I'm a knitter too! I just haven't been doing too much knitting lately since it's been so hot out. Since fall is coming, my knitting will start picking back up and I'll be posting some knitting projects soon. Are you on Ravelry?

  10. checking out some of my favorite blogs... back to the grind... been to busy to cook just may have to pull out some cupcake mix myself!


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