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Coffee Icing Recipe

Coffee Icing

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"Use strong brewed coffee in this quick and easy cake icing recipe with butter and vanilla extract."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 1/3 cups Change Servings


  1. Beat together confectioners' sugar, butter or margarine, coffee, and vanilla until smooth. Add more liquid or confectioners' sugar as needed.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2004

I made this to top the "Best Brownies" recipe on this site. It was great. I used a little less vanilla, because I didn't want to run out. For the coffee, I used one single serving instant coffee package mixed with the three tablespoons of water. I melted the butter completely in the microwave. The icing came out thick and spreadable, and tasted great on the brownies.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2009

This recipe, as is, has an odd consistency. I even made sure not to add the entire amount of coffee at first, and to only use more as needed to make sure it wasn't too runny. It has a very "foamy" consistency, once applied to the cake. I made a second batch and lightly melted the butter, and added about a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Perfect! The color was also much better, and the texture was creamy, fluffy, and wonderful! It's a good base to work from, which I appreciate! :)


80 Ratings

Jul 13, 2003

I was looking for something to go on tope of a chocolate birthday cake and found this recipe. I am pleasantly surprised. I varied the recipe by using 2 tablespoons of Mexican Rum and Expresso Coffee Powder instead of Strong Coffee. Jackpot!!! This recipe has potential in that a lot of variations of the theme is possible. I could try Whiskey, Maraschino, Amaretto, . . . The reason that I did not give it a high Kid Friendly rating is because Coffee is an ADULT taste. Kids do not like coffee that much. Of course, I also discounted this on my overall rating. . . .on the other hand, my son liked it. This is great on Chocolate Cake, and a good recipe to experiment with!

Sep 01, 2007

great tasting and good consistency! I used 2 15ml spoonfulls of coffee and used half a mugfull of boiling water. Ended up using a few tablespoons of coffe mix until just right flavour and consistency.

May 31, 2008

Wow! really great icing recipe! I added some cocoa powder in it to give it a deeper tone, made it as directed and it came out a bit thin, but that was perfect for what i was using it for... drizzled over chocolate filled crossionts, it makes a pretty presentation and looks like you did alot of work. Thanks for this, it's really yummy!

Jul 13, 2003

Not that much cofee tasting, but a nicely flavored icing nonetheless. It came together perfectly, even though I had literally only 2 cups of confectioner's sugar in the house (I realised at the last moment). Made it for the Mocha cake as suggested. This is _just_ enough to properly frost a layer cake.

Feb 16, 2011

even better than regular coffee, dump about 5 servings worth of instant coffee in with 1-2 tbs of boiling water to make a coffee concentrate paste, then add milk as needed for texture. gives it that extra kick!

Jul 13, 2003

Use milk instead of coffee or any other flavored liquid and you have the perfect icing recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

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

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