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I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Those who know me well, know I’m an avid coffee drinker.  Not the fru-fru “pretend coffee” drinker…..a nice fresh brewed cup of Folgers with a spoonful of Low Fat Coffee-Mate x 4-5 cups each morning drinker.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOVE my frappes, and lattes but to me, those aren’t “coffee”.  Those are dessert coffees……and what do I love almost more than a dessert coffee?……how about a coffee dessert!

spiced mocha cupcakes

Last week my oldest asked if I would make a yummy dessert she could take to work for one of the other stylists who was having a birthday. – She wanted chocolate and only likes “fluffy whipped cream like” frosting.

I thumbed thru some of my bookmarked recipes and found one I’ve been dying to make!  It’s a cake, but I made cupcakes..and I think they turned out every bit as delicious as I had imagined.

If you’re not a huge coffee fan, don’t worry, the coffee flavor is not over powering!—–and, I would keep this in the refrigerator because of the whipped cream on top……or you could keep the cupcakes out and top with whipped cream right before serving.

spiced mocha cupcake

Supplies I used:

  • Gold and Brown Damask Cupcake liners found at Michaels

I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18

I’m Lovin’ It – Spiced Mocha Cupcakes

Gold and Brown Damask Cupcake liners found at Michaels

Large round tip from Sweet Baking Supply


  • 4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3 tbsps. butter
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Powdered sugar (to garnish)
  • 1/2 pt. whipping cream
  • 3 tbsps. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Coat cupcake papers with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power 45 to 60 seconds, stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.
  3. Combine coffee, potato flakes, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in large mixing bowl, stirring until moistened.
  4. Blend in sugar and vanilla.
  5. Blend in chocolate mixture and egg yolks.
  6. In a medium blow, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into chocolate mixture.
  7. Beat egg whites on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff.
  8. Add to chocolate mixture and blend on low speed until completely blended, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently.
  9. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
  10. Bake 20 minutes or until set in center.
  11. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan. Sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar.
  12. Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  13. Combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in medium mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until stiff.
  14. Pipe on top of cupcakes.


Recipe from Folgers.

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  1. 1

    these look amazing, especially beside a nice cuppa coffee :D

  2. 2

    I signed up and linked my accounts on Manilla. This looks promising and has the potential to save me a lot of time and anxiety! Can’t wait for them to add more account options.

  3. 3

    Yippee! Another great recipe to pin!! THanks for hosting!!

  4. 4

    I’m with you on the coffee thing. I love my lattes and mochas, but they will never replace my morning cup of black coffee.

  5. 5

    YUM! I’m a “real” coffee person too. Those cupcakes sound delish.

  6. 6

    Those cupcakes look absolutely incredible! The fluffy frosting just makes it completely reminiscent of frappes with whipped cream on top. Gorgeous photos as well! :)

  7. 7

    Those cupcakes look absolutely incredible! The fluffy frosting just makes it completely reminiscent of frappes with whipped cream on top. Gorgeous photos as well!

  8. 8

    Cheryl, I LOVE that you are a fellow coffee addict! I am always bummed to make a new friend and find out that they don’t like coffee. It’s a major setback in the relationship. ha!! Thanks for hosting us. Have a super start to your weekend!!!

  9. 9

    WOW!!! Those look incredible! Thanks so much for hosting, Cheryl! :)

  10. 10

    So excited that you posted these! I’m going to make them for my friends baby shower brunch next week, these will be perfect!! I love the whipped topping prefer it over buttercream too.

  11. 11

    Thanks for hosting. Spiced mocha? that sounds like a yummy combo!

  12. 12

    OK, Cheryl . . .i HAVE to try this one!! The ingredient list intrigues me with the mashed potatoes, coffee, cayenne pepper, and all. :) I’m sure they are delicious!!

  13. 13

    I’m a crazy coffee lover too! These look absolutely stunning and delicious! Can’t wait to get my hands on some. I think it’s time to bake some cupcakes with the kids! :)


  14. 14

    Great cupcakes! Thanks!

  15. 15

    Those are beautiful and I bet they taste great!

  16. 16

    Those cupcakes look absolutely AMAZING!!! You are rockin my world girl!

  17. 17

    These look FABULOUS, Cheryl!!! I’d take these over a cup of coffee ANY day!

  18. 18

    These sound just perfect, I have some instant mashed potato flakes I’ve been wondering how I was going to use!

  19. 19

    Yum! Those are great lookin’ cupcakes! I added a coffee flavored dessert this week that you’ll love – Tiramisu Trifle. Thanks for hosting!

  20. 20

    Cheryl, I knew we had loads of stuff in common….but the BIG coffee drinking thing? Had not a clue. I could polish off 4-5 cups by 8am. Wish I had some of these delish cupcakes to go with that coffee! xo

  21. 21

    Stumbled =)

  22. 22

    Cheryl, Those cupcakes look awesome. Delish! I too need a few cups of “regular” coffee every morning (read = 5 or 6). Then, come the dessert drinks of able…
    Thanks for hosting ,

  23. 23

    Love these cupcakes! Beautiful photos too!

  24. 24

    These look and sound amazing, Cheryl!!

    I am not a coffee drinker. I cannot handle the caffeine, I swear my whole face starts buzzing!! My husband though…he LOVES it!! He used to drink 2 pots a day and finally slowed down because of heartburn. We recently got a Keurig so he could do a cup instead of a whole pot and he LOVES it.

  25. 25

    When I look at these cupcakes all is can say is YUMMY! These look delish and I can’t wait to try them!

  26. 26

    These are just stunning, Cheryl! Love the cupcakes!

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  28. 28

    those look so so good! I just linked up!

  29. 29

    I am loving getting to know your blog and YOU! I love seeing everyone’s favorites. I need to get on the “I’m loving it Tidy Mom Fridays”. Such a great idea. I am not a coffee drinker, but pretty much mocha anything is right up my alley. These are gorgeous cupcakes!

  30. 30

    just gave up coffee for tea – and I was in the cafe latte camp – these look yummy!

  31. 31

    Who would of thought cayenne pepper? Looks and sounds very tasty. Very nice!

  32. 32

    yes, i do believe that these will go nicely w/my Frozen Mocha Brandy!!

  33. 33

    These look absolutely heavenly! I need to go find a cupcake.

  34. 34

    Those cupcakes sound SO delicious!! And they make such a beautiful display!

  35. 35

    I just wanted to let you know that TidyMom was one of my top referring sites last month. You sent 195 visitors to my site in June via the I’m Loving It linkup! Thanks for always hosting!

  36. 36

    Those cupcakes look fabulous!! Have a great weekend!

  37. 37

    SUPER yum! I’m not a fan of ‘mocha’ but I think I could add some extra cocoa and make these cupcakes!

  38. 38

    I’m definitely in the fru-fru coffee drinker category, and these sound amazing! I’ve already pinned to my recipe board…and will definitely find a reason to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  39. 39

    Those are beautiful!!! I love that perfect little dolop of whipped cream on top.

  40. 40

    Thanks for hosting a great party Cheryl!
    enjoy your wknd!

  41. 41

    Yummy cupcakes…oh my it’s so hard to stay on my diet when I see such beautiful cupcakes ;) Thanks for hosting Cheryl and be sure to check out my post this week at the great gift my sister got us for traveling this summer…it’s a cooler/carry pack for your lounge chairs. Great if you are a lounge lizard like me ;)

  42. 42

    I bring 1-Dish Meat Lovers’ Pizza Bake. The linky wouldn’t let me type the whole recipe name. This is a dish you can have on the table in less than an hour. Another great party. Thanks for hosting.

  43. 43

    I can’t link up this week :( but your cupcakes are lovely. The frosting is perfect and I’ll sure they were a big, big hit at the birthday celebration for your daughter’s co-worker.

  44. 44

    I am a sucker for mocha desserts and these cupcakes look so darn good, Cheryl.

  45. 45

    i’m with Dara – I love mocha anything and the whipped cream frosting puts these over the top!

  46. 46

    These cupcakes look outrageously good!

  47. 47

    Wow your Spiced Mocha Cupcakes looks heavenly delicious! I love it! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! I can’t wait to try it! yum :)

  48. 48

    This looks yummy. And what a surprise ingredient – mashed potato flakes!



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