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Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting are a decadent dessert option for a special adult only occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 337 kcal


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Kahlua Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua
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  • Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the cocoa to the boiling water and mix until all lumps have dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the egg and vanilla to the bowl with the creamed butter and sugar.
  • Beat on high for about 2 minutes.
  • Add half the dry ingredients and half the cocoa mixture to the bowl and beat for about 1 minute.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and cocoa mixture to the bowl and beat for 2 minutes on high.
  • Fill the cupcake wells ¾ full with batter.
  • 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.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.


  • Cream the softened butter in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar to bowl and beat on medium.
  • Add the Kahlua to the frosting and beat for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes.
  • Refrigerate until serving.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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