Starbucks Mocha Cupcakes Recipe!

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I am loving cupcake coffee recipes, I’ve seen many! None as chock full of Starbucks as these babies! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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There are very few things I love in life as much as my Starbucks!  I can’t function without my coffee.. and my first cup is always a mug of black Cafe Verona!  Dark and delicious!  No cream, no sugar just real coffee!  Yummy!

My High Maintenance Delight

My afternoon delight is a little more high maintenance.. you know, the cup with all the writing all over the side?  That’s me.

Grande Non-Fat, Half Caf, Half Sweet, Sugar Free Vanilla, Americano Misto

I always giggle when my fabulous husband offers to pick me up a coffee!

Full of Starbucks

So being as Starbucks Obsessed as I am, my cupboards are, of course, full of Starbucks!  Dark, light, decaf (just in case), Via (instant in a hurry), sugar free syrups galore, hot cocoa…  Starbucks mugs, travel mugs you name it!  It would only be the natural progression that I would begin to find ways to sneak my beloved Starbucks into my food!  What better place to start than with cupcakes!!  <3

Starbucks Mocha Cupcake ingredients

Starbucks Mocha Cupcakes



  • 1 Box White Cake
  • 1 1/3c. Cold Brewed Starbucks Coffee
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 packages of Via Instant Coffee (any type, I used a Bold flavor)
  • 1 package of Starbucks Hot Cocoa Powder

Mocha Mousse Filling

  • 1 Box Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 3 pumps Starbucks Vanilla Syrup (regular or sugar free)
  • 2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)

Coffee Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon Starbucks Via Instant Coffee Granules
  • 2 Tablespoons Icing Sugar



  1. Prepare cupcakes according to directions on the box except replace the water with cold brewed coffee
  2. Add in 1-2 packages of Starbucks Via Instant Coffee (depending how strong you want the coffee flavour to be) and 1 package of Starbucks Hot Cocoa mix.
  3. Pour in cupcake papers and bake according to box directions
  4. Allow cupcakes to cool completely
  5. Using a cupcake hole punch, cut a hole in each cupcake.  If you do not have one, you can use a small spoon to carve out a small hole.

taking out the center for Starbucks Mocha Cupcake

Cupcakes ready for filling


Mocha Mousse Filling

  • Combine all ingredients for the filling.  Mix with a mixer on medium for 1 minute.
  • Pipe filling into holes in cupcakes.  (If you do not have a piping bag, place it in a Ziploc bag and cut off a small corner).
  • Note:  If you make the filling and store it in the fridge, it will be too firm to pipe into the cupcakes.  Make the filling once the cupcakes have cooled and you are ready to fill them.

Starbucks Mocha Cupcake Filled

Mocha Mousse Filling

Coffee Whipped Cream

  • Whip cream with a mixer on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in remaining ingredients.
  • Pipe onto cupcakes.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
  • Be sure to refrigerate.
  • Note:  If you prefer a sweeter cupcake, replace the whipped cream with your favorite frosting recipe!

To assemble:

  • I cut plain cupcake wrappers out of white paper. I asked my local Starbucks if they had any stickers I could use and they gave me a few with my coffee!  Viola.. my wrappers!

Starbucks stickers

  • I was lucky and very thankful that the stickers were the perfect size!  My plan B was to see if I could use the logo off of the coffee sleeve or even use the coffee sleeve as the wrapper.
  • I used the large venti sized straws cut into 4.


starbucks cupcakes with frosting on top

There are many other variations you could make of this recipe!  Just infuse with your favorite inspired flavors!

This recipe was created by Holly at  Design inspiration came from KimsKitchen.


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  1. Hello! I found you through the Simply Sweet Home link party. I had to see what these were all about because I am sitting here right now with my beloved Starbucks mocha in hand. Thanks for giving me a fun weekend project! I have a link party every Thursday called Link Love Thursday – I’d love to have you join whenever you can :) Have a nice day!


  2. These are so cool! I had no idea there was a little tool that could hollow out a cupcake either. Thank you so much for sharing this idea at Fabulously Frugal Thursday. Of course, I’m going to have to test this out just make sure it works the way you described. ;)

  3. oh, you clever clogs! these look absolutely divine! i can’t wait to try them. i followed you from the monday link party at stone gable. i also wanted to invite you to attend my link parties on tuesdays. it’s just starting out, so we’re a small but consistent bunch. i’d love to have you help us grow :) here’s the link:
    & oh yes, i’ve pinned this! :)

  4. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Your cupcakes look so good! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you next week!

  6. Those cupcakes are too cute, if I weren’t a fitness person, I would send your post to my class. LOL.

  7. Yum! Love me some Starbucks. I just shared on my Google+ page. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  8. You have no idea how happy finding this post makes me. I LOOOOVE me some mocha. And in the form of a cupcake? DOUBLE WIN!
    I’d love for you to come link up to my party going on now at

  9. Wow! These look great :) You should have taken them in to starbucks and start a partnership with them.. who doesnt love coffee and a muffin :)

  10. I too am OBSESSED with Starbucks! And I love cupcakes! Now you have combined them together :) I must try this recipe, pinning it for later. Stopping by from the Southern Lovely Linkup.

  11. These are sooo cute and your presentation is wonderful. I’ll bet they taste delicious too!

  12. Yum! I love coffee and these sound wonderful! So nice of them to give you stickers – the final product is adorable.
    I’m visiting you today from Not Just a Housewife. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin

  13. Oh these look fantastic! I too love my Starbucks, so I can’t imagine a better cupcake… Pinning!!