Chocolate Espresso Cupcake Recipe

In honor of Valentine’s Day, thought I’d share what is my ABSOLUTE favorite chocolate cupcake recipe – my super-moist chocolate espresso! I have paired this delectable cupcake with so many different flavors of frostings – peppermint white chocolate, caramel swiss meringue, mocha buttercream, vanilla bean latte swiss meringue, even the traditional vanilla american buttercream – no matter what I pair it with, it’s simply amazing! Run, don’t walk to the kitchen to make these cupcakes – you will NOT be sorry! :) Hope you all enjoy as much as I have!

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes
Makes approximately 24-26 Cupcakes


2¼ Cups All Purpose Flour
1½ Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2½ Cups Granulated Sugar
1¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
2½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Whole Eggs
1¼ Cups Buttermilk
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Freshly Brewed Strong Coffee
1 Tablespoon Instant Espresso Powder(heaping)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper cups.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Dissolve the espresso powder in the coffee. In a mixing stand, add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until well combined. Add the coffee/espresso liquid and beat for an additional minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until all items are incorporated.

Fill paper cups 2/3 full. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave cupcakes in pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Becky, North Carolina,

11 Replies

This sounds so delicious!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Toni, Pennsylvania,

No problem! Hope you all enjoy – this really is my favorite go-to chocolate cupcake recipe :)

Becky, North Carolina,

I just made these for tomorrow and I’m planning on topping them with a Strawberry Cream Cheese Buttercream for a Valentines dinner I’m going to tomorrow night :). I wish we could get some fresh strawberries here to cover in chocolate for dipping! Thank you for the recipe. They baked up beautifully even if I can’t eat them (on a diet). Can’t wait to get reactions! Thanks again…

Crystal Memories in the Baking

@Peggy – hope you enjoy! :) @Crystal – that sounds like such a yummy combination!! You are a MUCH stronger person than I – I would not be able to resist a sample!! :)

Becky, North Carolina,

Well, I couldn’t resist them once they were iced! Lol! I garnished some of them with fresh chocolate covered strawberries and they where addictive! I blew my diet and ate 2!!! I posted a pic on the Cake page :).

Crystal Memories in the Baking

Awesome – thank you!

DJ - Fun Fiesta Cakes

Sounds so incredibly delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Rachel, Fondant Flinger New Orleans, LA

Awesome! I will be making these this week! Thanks for sharing!

Tiff - MA