Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Arlene Mobley
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting are a decadent dessert option for a special adult only occasion.



  • Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Kahlua Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 softened stick unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua


  1. Cupcake Directions
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add the cocoa to the boiling water and mix until all lumps have dissolved. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla to the bowl with the creamed butter and sugar.
  6. Beat on high for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add half the dry ingredients and half the cocoa mixture to the bowl and beat for about 1 minute.
  8. Add the remaining dry ingredients and cocoa mixture to the bowl and beat for 2 minutes on high.
  9. Fill the cupcake wells 3/4 full with batter.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven or (325-degree oven for dark pans) for 20-24 minutes or until the top of a cupcake springs back when touched.
  11. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  12. Frosting Directions
  13. Cream the softened butter in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  14. Gradually add the powdered sugar to bowl and beat on medium.
  15. Add the Kahlua to the frosting and beat for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  16. Frost cooled cupcakes.
  17. Refrigerate until serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
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