Coffee Butter Frosting Recipe -
Coffee Butter Frosting Recipe
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Coffee Butter Frosting

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"For coffee lovers. A delicious mocha frosting. Perfect with chocolate, caramel, or white cakes."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    10 mins


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder. In another bowl, beat the butter until creamy, gradually beat in the sugar mixture, being sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl, occasionally. Finally stir in the coffee, and beat until smooth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 08, 2010

Excellent butter cream frosting! I couldn't have been more pleased. I scaled this to 32 servings (4 cups powdered sugar) for my 9" layer cake and still wish I would have had more for decorating. I beat the butter a few minutes until fluffy, gradually added the full amount of powdered sugar called for and enough coffee until I got it to the consistency I wanted. I beat the frosting for several more minutes after that, until it was light, creamy, fluffy and silky smooth. This is pleasantly light chocolate - not too strong, and not too sweet, with just a hint of coffee flavor. I found the proportions of all ingredients perfect, and this will be a recipe I'll certainly be comfortable referring to again, whether I use it with the coffee or without, with the chocolate or just as a traditional vanilla buttercream. This frosting as written, however, was the perfect choice for "Chocolate Mocha Cake I," also from this site.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 10, 2005

Great consistency, but I found this frosting too sweet with too little flavour. I increased the coffee and cocoa to about 3 tablespoons each to increase the mocha flavour.

Oct 10, 2006

I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. Delicious. I loved how light and fluffy the frosting was, easy to spread with just a light chocolate flavoring, and plenty of heavenly coffee. I did add a bit extra espresso, and instead of mixing the ingredients all together I whipped up the butter, added the cocoa and coffee, and lastly added the sugar until it was perfect for me. Almost too good to be true, it's so simple. Thank you very much for sharing.

Feb 15, 2007

Wow, this icing was so good! I took the advice of others and only used 1 cup of sugar and added 2 tbs of coffee. I brewed 1 cup of water and added 2 tbs of coffee grinds in the coffeemaker, which I think made the coffee strong enough for the recipe... a lot of flavor!

Aug 06, 2009

This frosting was wonderful! I took another reviewer's advice and doubled the amount of coffee and chocolate in this, and then I tripled the recipe to frost "Black Magic Cake," also on this site. A huge hit!

May 22, 2005

This is a delicious mocha icing. I used it on Black Magic Cake and it was wonderful. However, it does not make very much and my 9x13" cake had what I considered to be too thin a layer of icing. I can't imagine trying to ice a layer cake with just this amount. Next time I will double it.

Dec 28, 2009

This didn't have the taste of coffee enough even with a VERY strong coffee, which I used, in it... So I applied to one of the reviews and added 2 more tablespoons of coffee! The taste came up a bit but not so much! In this recipe, I think you should be a tester in your amount of coffee added ;D!

Jan 18, 2011

Used this to frost mocha cupcakes, and it was perfect. I did have to double the recipe to frost all 24 cupcakes. It turned out light and fluffy, and definitely had a distinct coffee flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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