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

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 15.2g 5% DV; fat 5.2g 8% DV; cholesterol 13.5mg 5% DV; sodium 36.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2005
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. Read More
(70)
225 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 148
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
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. Read More
(97)
Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2005
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. Read More
(70)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2006
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. Read More
(53)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2007
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! Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2009
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! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2005
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. Read More
(20)
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2009
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
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. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
This frosting came out so great that is tasted and looked like it was bought right from the bakery. I made two 9" x 13" cakes and spread the frosting in between. Double the amount of frosting if doing so. EXCELLENT! Read More
(11)
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