Chocolate Coffee Buttercream Frosting

filed under: Cakes on January 13, 2016

This chocolate buttercream is amazing for one reason… it has COFFEE in it! Chocolate Coffee Buttercream is basically the best invention ever. Looking for more great Cake Recipes? Look no further!

Chocolate Cake with Coffee Buttercream

Coffee Buttercream

I love testing out Chocolate Frosting recipes. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with chocolate buttercream right? This one does not disappoint! Chocolate frosting infused with pure coffee flavor. If you love enhanced chocolate richness, this is the frosting for you!

Coffee Buttercream Recipe

How to Make Coffee Buttercream

Just a few simple ingredients and you have the most decadent frosting! Also, I like a really strong cup of black coffee in this recipe. However, you can use whatever strength you prefer as well as use a decaf.

  • unsalted butter
  • cream cheese
  • confectioners sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • strong brewed coffee, or more to taste
  • salt

Add the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl and mix with a hand-held mixer until creamy. (You can also use a stand mixer for extra smooth & creamy frosting!)

Slowly add in confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, and salt until smooth and spreadable. Feel free to add more coffee if you want it creamier. I needed my frosting on the firm side for the piping.

Chocolate Coffee Frosting Recipe

How to Decorate This Cake

I used a Russian Tip that was a small rosette design. I filled up my piping bags (don’t forget to double bag!) and simply piped all over the top and sides of this cake. You really can’t mess it up!

Chocolate Cake Recipe (click to print)

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. McCormick pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With the mixer still on low, add the
  4. coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into
  5. two 8-inch round prepared pans and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350°F, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out mostly clean (not wet).

  6. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely

Easy Coffee Buttercream

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Mini Rosettes on a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coffee Buttercream!
Chocolate Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This chocolate buttercream is amazing for one reason… it has COFFEE in it! Chocolate Coffee Buttercream is basically the best invention ever.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 cups (750g) confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, or more to taste
  • Pinch salt
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a bowl with an electric hand mixer until creamy.

  2. Slowly add in confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, and salt until smooth and spreadable. Can add more coffee if you want it creamier.

Mini Rosettes on a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Coffee Buttercream!

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  • lili musa says:

    i like your bake .. it’s very easy but wonderfull .. tq for your receipt.. God Bless You

  • Penelope says:

    Thank you so much your recipes are so simple. I used to try each and single moment. They are yummy.

  • Beverly Breslen says:

    Not a fan of coffee. What could I substitute?

  • Nush says:

    Please can you tell me the powdered sugar & cocoa in gram and the coffee in mL

  • Cindy Steflik says:

    Should there be vanilla added?

  • Gloria says:

    How do you make a cake without flour?

  • Porfiria Mayfield says:

    I love the coffee

  • Shirley Clontz says:

    This coffee buttercream frosting sounds like the bomb! Can’t wait to try.

  • Esther Rush says:

    My niece loves chocolate cake and chocolate buttercream frosting, however she does not like coffee. Can I substitute the 1/2 cup of coffee with milk instead? Also what piping tip do you use to make those flowers.

  • Sylvia Santilli says:

    Luv your recipes!
    A. Going to try buttercream coffee.

  • Janet Grove says:

    What was the the name of the decorator tip you used on the chocolate coffee buttercream icing cake to make those little rosettes?

  • Sarah Pulumo says:

    I love your bake very much. Can I get more recipes in my email please.

  • mugerwa Aisha says:

    like barking cakes of different flavours how can I go for dat

  • Cathy martin says:

    What tip is used to decorate the chocolate buttercream in this video

  • A. Mwanza says:

    Hi i love your baking and am yet to try a few of your u have any enooks on recipes that i can use

  • Lee says:

    Would like to get some cooking recipes once in a while, thank you!

  • Ada Villanueva says:

    Hi Amanda, I want to make the Chocolate coffee butter cream frosting, I want to know what type on the frosting tips to make the flower.

  • Saloni says:

    Plz tell a cake which can be made without oven n weight in gms n eggless as i cant understand

  • Missy says:

    Love your recipe. I will tey it soon.

  • Ashu says:

    Hii plz write the measurements in grams or in measuring cups or in tablespoon so that it I’ll be easy to know thank u

  • Denise Mora says:

    Can’t wait to try it! Thanks love the clips on fb

  • Sandy White says:

    I made this for a coworker for her Birthday .. She and everyone else loved it !

  • Isabella says:

    This recipe is true! It is so delicious and creamy!

  • Mutinta Kanyemba says:

    Beautiful cakes. Am going to try this recipe

  • Shikha says:

    Hi just checked your recipe
    Seems great
    Could you you suggest something in gluten gree

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