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Coffee Frosting Recipe

Coffee Frosting

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"Delicious coffee flavored chocolate frosting. Cream may be substituted for the milk for added richness."

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings


  1. Mix together; instant coffee or leftover coffee, milk, cocoa powder, butter or margarine, vanilla extract, and confectioners' sugar until of spreading consistency. Makes more than enough to frost a 13x9 inch sheet cake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2002

a really good frosting recipe. I made it to go along with the Black Magic Cake (also on allrecipes), and I found it to be a little shy on the coffee side, so I added quite a bit which then prompted me to thicken it with more of the other ingredients. Overall, a very good frosting recipe that has the mixture of the bitterness of coffee (I used leftover espresso instead of granules) and the sweetness of chocolate. Very rich and satisfying. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 14, 2007

Let me preface that I really LOVE all things sweet. But this frosting was just disgustingly sweet; I couldn't even swallow it. I've been cooking for about seven years, so I don't think it's me; 5 cups of sugar for 4 cups of frosting is just excessive. My advice? Use 2-3 cups sugar, and add less liquid ingredients. Taste, and then decide if you want more sweetness. Really though, I had to throw out the whole batch, and I used really good quality cocoa.

Feb 15, 2007

I like the flavor of this frosting but I think it would go best on a cake that isn't overly sweet. Maybe a Devil's Food? I don't know, but it was definitely too sweet for the chocolate cake recipe I used it on.

Apr 15, 2011

This frosting is okay. I used it on top of brownies and it came out nice. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because, I had to atler the recipe. I had to add in more coffe and more milk. Over all the frosting was good but it wasn't AMAZING!

Nov 17, 2010

This is overall a great recipe, however I probably added 4x that amount of coffee to get any coffee flavoring. Then my frosting was a little thin, so I added more sugar, but couldn't really get it to stiffen up that much. But it tasted great, and made enough for 24 cupcakes plus a 9x11" sheet cake. My coworkers absolutely loved it.

Apr 29, 2006

Very, very, VERY sweet and not incredibly chocolatey. Also, if you're into presentation, the color is a little light because it's mostly sugar, so it doesn't look as stunning as a really chocolatey frosting would. It's definitely more a children's frosting than an adult one. I only made half the recipe, and I added a little extra milk because mine came out a little too thick, but otherwise followed it exactly. I would make it again, but I might tweak it to add more chocolatey-coffee flavor.

May 14, 2005

Very nice frosting; easy to prepare. Used leftover coffee.

Mar 09, 2012

Pretty good recipe! I used instant espresso powder in place of instant coffee and I added a little more milk. very yummy. Holds well.


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  • Calories
  • 190 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 33 mg
  • 1%

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

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