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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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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