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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Kahlua Buttercream

Rich, moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with decadent chocolate kahlua buttercream. These will satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving!

Six chocolate cupcakes on a blue cake stand

I have been a chocoholic for as long as I can remember. Give me a choice of any kind of candy or dessert, and I will choose chocolate. I love milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate equally. So, it's no surprise that I'm participating #Chocotoberfest 2019!

Before we get to the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate kahlua buttercream, a bit about the event:

#Choctoberfest is an annual recipe-sharing event. I'm joining other food bloggers from around the world to create delicious chocolate recipes. This year, over 70 bloggers are joining together for a week full of chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, tarts, candies, and more. You can follow along by searching for the hashtag #Choctoberfest on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, simply follow any of the participating bloggers listed at the bottom of this post.

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  • Candy Gift Pack from blog host Triple Chocolate Kitchen, which includes 180-pack of Lindt LINDOR Chocolate Truffles (dark, milk, and white). Triple Chocolate Kitchen organizes #Choctoberfest, as well as posting chocolate recipes throughout the year.
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Chocolate kahlua buttercream being piped onto a chocolate cupcake

These chocolate cupcakes are just a smaller version of a three-layer chocolate cake I made recently. I reduced the amount of batter so I didn't end up with nearly 40 cupcakes. A lot of chocolate cake recipes come out dry, but not this one!

To evenly portion out the batter, I recommend using a large cookie scoop (just FYI: affiliate link). One scoop adds just the right amount of batter for a cupcake, and uniformly-sized cupcakes will bake evenly. If you have a mix of small and large cupcakes, you'll either end up with small cupcakes baked just right and large ones that are underbaked; or large cupcakes that are baked just right and small ones that are burnt.

Rich, moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with decadent chocolate kahlua buttercream. These will satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving!

This chocolate kahlua buttercream is incredible. I could just eat it with a spoon. This frosting starts out very stiff, so I strongly recommend using a stand mixer over a handheld mixer. You can use either natural unsweetened cocoa powder, or "special dark" cocoa powder for a stronger chocolate flavor, but with the dark cocoa powder, you run the risk of overpowering the kahlua flavor.

This recipe makes enough to give 24 cupcakes a generous piped swirl of chocolate kahlua buttercream. If you plan to apply the frosting with a knife or spatula, you can probably cut the buttercream amounts in half.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Kahlua Buttercream

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Kahlua Buttercream

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Rich, moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with decadent chocolate kahlua buttercream. These will satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving!


For the cupcakes

  • 2 cups (8.5 oz) flour
  • 2 cups (14 oz) sugar
  • 1 cup (3 oz) cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strongly-brewed coffee
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla

For the chocolate kahlua buttercream

  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups (4.5 oz) cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of table salt
  • 8 cups (2 lb) confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoon Kahlua liqueur
  • 6 tablespoon heavy cream


Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt).
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vegetable oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth and evenly mixed, occasionally scraping down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
  5. Portion the batter into each cupcake liner.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes and cool them on the wire rack until room temperature.

Make the buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter and cocoa powder until all of the cocoa powder is moistened.
  2. Beat in the vanilla and salt.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the cream and kahlua.
  4. Beat in the sugar, about a cupful at a time, on low speed, alternating with the cream/Kahlua mixture.
  5. Once all of the sugar, cream and Kahlua is added, turn the mixer to medium-high and beat until fluffy. If too stiff, add more cream, a tablespoonful at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
  6. Fit a piping bag with a decorating tip, fill halfway with the buttercream, and pipe a generous swirl onto each cupcake. Refrigerate if not serving immediatley.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Buttercream adapted from Food Network

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Three chocolate cupcakes with chocolate kahlua buttercream
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Karen D

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

I'd like the Chocolate and Cocoa Gift Pack from Divine Chocolate. Baking & snacking both covered!


Monday 14th of October 2019

Yum! I guess I need to pick up some kahlua!!

Wendy Klik

Monday 14th of October 2019

Oh my Colleen, Kahlua Buttercream? That sounds so delicious.

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