Decadent Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting Recipe

Are you a chocolate and coffee lover? Well, I have something that is going to make your day! I want to introduce you to my all-time favorite Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting Recipe. This recipe is perfect for complementing cupcakes, cakes, and cookies, or you can just enjoy it by the spoonful.

If you are looking for the ultimate flavor combination of chocolate and coffee, then this recipe is a must-try for you. I promise it will take your taste buds on a heavenly ride that you will never forget. And it’s so easy to make that even if you are new to baking, you can still make this fudge frosting recipe like a pro.

This mocha fudge frosting recipe has been passed down through generations in my family, and it has always been a crowd pleaser at family gatherings and events. The smoothness of the chocolate fudge combined with the rich coffee aroma will surely make your heart skip a beat.

So whether you are looking for an indulgent treat for yourself or something to impress your friends and family, this chocolate coffee fudge frosting recipe is the one you’ve been searching for. Get your cooking gear ready, let’s jump right in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting
Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting

If you’re a fan of chocolate and coffee, then you absolutely have to try this Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting recipe. I guarantee you that it will leave you wanting more! Here are some reasons why:

Perfect balance of flavors: The combination of coffee and chocolate is a match made in heaven! Our frosting recipe incorporates both elements perfectly, creating a rich and scrumptious taste that is hard to resist.

Versatile: This recipe is versatile and can be used not only for frosting cakes but also as a fudge filling, dark chocolate ganache, or even as a chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s perfect for layer cakes or mud cakes, and adds the ultimate chocolatey decadence to birthday cakes!

Easy to make: Despite its flavorful appearance, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make. With just a few ingredients and simple steps, you can create a truly delicious frosting that will impress anyone who tries it. You don’t need any advanced kitchen skills to make this!

A crowd-pleaser: Let’s be honest, everyone loves fudge frosting – especially if it has coffee undertones! It’s a great way to impress guests at parties or gatherings, and will have them coming back for seconds (or even thirds!).

Unbeatable texture: The creamy texture of this frosting is unbeatable. It’s made with unsalted butter and heavy cream, creating a smooth consistency that goes perfectly with any cake or pastry.

In conclusion, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting recipe. The combination of flavors is simply out of this world, it’s versatile enough for different uses and types of cake or pastry, it’s easy to make yet looks impressive, guaranteed to please any crowd with its unique taste, and its creamy texture will leave everyone wanting more. So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get ready to whip up some mouth-watering Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting!

Ingredient List

 A chocolatey dream come true!
A chocolatey dream come true!

Let me introduce you to the star players of this coffee fudge frosting recipe. They are what make this frosting rich, creamy and slightly coffee-flavored, perfect for spreading over a chocolate cake or any other baked goods.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup (225 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee or cold brew
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 4 cups (480 g) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • ½ cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces (200 g) chocolate chips

Don’t worry, these ingredients are all easy to come by and once combined create a versatile coffee fudge frosting that can work with many different types of cakes. Let’s get started!

The Recipe How-To

 It's time to indulge in some chocolate heaven.
It’s time to indulge in some chocolate heaven.

Now, let’s dive in and learn how to make this decadent Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting!

Gathering Ingredients

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for this recipe.

The list of ingredients includes:
– 2 and 1/2 cups of icing sugar.
– 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
– 1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature.
– 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder.
– 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, cold or hot.
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
– 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream.

Make sure all your ingredients are measured out beforehand, as this will make the recipe flow more smoothly.

Making The Frosting

Now, it’s time to make the frosting! Here’s what to do:

  1. Combine the sifted icing sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.

  2. In another large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to soften the butter until it is light and fluffy.

  3. Add in the espresso powder and brewed coffee and mix well.

  4. Slowly add the powdered sugar-cocoa mixture while continuously mixing until combined.

  5. Add in the vanilla extract and milk/heavy cream to thin it out to a spreadable consistency.

  6. Turn up the mixer to high speed and continue beating until your frosting is light, fluffy, and thoroughly mixed.

  7. As toppings, you can add melted chocolate chips or any other toppings of your choice for that extra oomph.

This frosting recipe is perfect for fudge cake and coffee cake but can also be used for mocha cake or pumpkin cake recipes where a rich fudge filling is needed. You can also use it as a layer cake filling or top with dark chocolate ganache or chocolate buttercream frosting for the ultimate chocolate experience.

This versatile coffee fudge frosting is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and is sure to impress your friends and family at any birthday or special occasions. Try it out now and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 This frosting is the ultimate coffee-chocolate fusion.
This frosting is the ultimate coffee-chocolate fusion.

As a barista and experienced baker, I’ve learned that it’s always best to experiment with different ingredients to make a recipe your own. So, if you’re looking to switch things up or don’t have all the ingredients on hand, here are some substitutions and variations for this chocolate-coffee fudge frosting recipe:

1. For a dairy-free option, substitute the unsalted butter and heavy cream with vegan butter and coconut cream.

2. If you want more coffee flavor, add 1-2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder or ¼ cup of cold brew coffee.

3. To make mocha fudge frosting, add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips while the frosting is still warm and stir until melted.

4. If you prefer a more traditional chocolate fudge frosting, leave out the brewed coffee and instant espresso powder.

5. For an extra special touch to pair with a pumpkin cake recipe or mocha cake, you can add pumpkin spice (1 tablespoon) or cinnamon (1 teaspoon) in step 3 along with unsweetened cocoa powder for an aromatic kick.

6. Instead of using vanilla extract, try almond extract for a nuttier taste.

7. Want to take this frosting over the top? Use it as a filling for a layer cake along with dark chocolate ganache or make a chocolate buttercream frosting by incorporating 2 cups of powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder into the mix.

Remember, these are just some ideas – feel free to experiment and make this versatile coffee fudge icing work for you!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect your cake game with this fudgy frosting.
Perfect your cake game with this fudgy frosting.

I firmly believe that the perfect fudge frosting deserves a perfect pairing. Whether you’re preparing this frosting for a coffee cake, fudge cake, mud cake or even a pumpkin cake recipe, the versatile coffee fudge frosting can complement any flavour profile.

To make this already irresistible frosting even better, I suggest pairing it with a double coffee or a mocha for an intense coffee kick. The combination of cocoa and brewed coffee will satisfy any chocolate-lover’s taste buds while enhancing the flavour of the fudge icing.

For those who prefer dairy-free options, try substituting heavy cream with your favourite non-dairy alternative such as almond milk or oat milk.

If you want to take your serving game up a notch, why not top your cake with some dark chocolate ganache and then slather on the coffee buttercream frosting? The result is an ultimate chocolate experience that will leave your guests mesmerized.

No matter what pairing you choose, I can guarantee one thing – this unforgettable coffee fudge frosting will be the star of any dessert table.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Warning: this frosting is highly addictive.
Warning: this frosting is highly addictive.

Listen up, this fudge frosting isn’t just good for the day you make it. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to one week, as long as it’s properly sealed. When reheating, you don’t want to melt it completely, just loosen it up a bit with a few seconds in the microwave or 10-second intervals of stirring with a spatula over low heat.

If you don’t want to make and store the frosting ahead of time, you can always make extra to have on hand for later use. Because of the high butter content, this recipe actually freezes well too. So feel free to keep some in the freezer for last-minute cake cravings.

When you’re ready to use your stored or frozen frosting, give it a quick stir and let it come to room temperature before spreading on your cake or cupcakes. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can also pipe this chocolate coffee fudge frosting onto your baked goods for that professional touch.

This fudge frosting is truly versatile and pairs perfectly with a range of cakes such as pumpkin cake, coffee cake, mocha cake, fudge filling or mud cake. It also complements well when layered on top of each other with some dark chocolate ganache and finished off with a generous layer of chocolate buttercream frosting.

So go ahead and whip up a batch of this ultimate chocolate coffee fudge frosting recipe and enjoy its deliciousness all week – or even longer if you freeze it – creating combinations that will leave your taste buds satisfied and craving for more!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious frosting.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious frosting.

Subtle yet significant tips can turn you from an amateur baker to a professional baker. The perfect coffee fudge frosting recipe requires consistency and practice to achieve the desired taste, texture, and thickness of the frosting. Here are some tips that will help you make the perfect coffee fudge frosting.

Firstly, it is important to use unsalted butter at room temperature as this will ensure that it is easy to cream the butter with the icing sugar without leaving any lumps behind. Secondly, using good quality cocoa powder is essential. Use unsweetened cocoa powder for a rich chocolate flavor in your coffee fudge frosting.

To make a rich mocha flavored frosting and pump up the coffee flavor, mix brewed coffee or instant espresso powder with milk or water rather than using water alone. Using cold brew coffee instead of hot water will give you a more robust coffee flavor in your frosting.

It’s important to sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together before adding to the other ingredients – this will help ensure that there are no lumps in your frosting. Once you start mixing, add liquids slowly until you reach your desired consistency. If your frosting becomes too runny, add more powdered sugar but if it’s too thick, add more liquid until you get the desired result.

For those who need a dairy-free option, simply swap out regular butter for vegan butter and heavy cream with coconut cream or almond milk. These substitutes have no effect on the taste while keeping it healthy.

When storing leftover frosting, cover it with plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To use again, bring it back to room temperature before replacing it on your cake. If you’re storing the frosting in the fridge for more than two days, freeze it instead of refrigerating it.

In conclusion, by following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create a versatile coffee fudge frosting that pairs well with fudge cake, chocolate cake, pumpkin cake, mocha cake, and many other cakes. With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to achieve perfect results every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this chocolate-coffee fudge frosting recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers out there. The combination of brewed coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder creates an irresistible burst of flavor, perfectly complementing any cake or dessert it’s paired with. Plus, with the versatile nature of the fudge icing, you can easily play around with substitutions and variations to suit your taste preferences.

The key to making this frosting recipe a hit is to follow the instructions closely and pay attention to little details like using room temperature butter and sifting the icing sugar. Remember, any small misstep could lead to disastrous results. But fear not, with the tips I’ve shared on perfecting this recipe, you’ll be well on your way to making a flawless batch of chocolate-coffee fudge frosting that is sure to impress.

So whether you’re looking to add an extra wow factor to your birthday cake, layer cake, mud cake, pumpkin cake, or any other dessert you have in mind, this ultimate chocolate fudge frosting recipe will not disappoint. I guarantee that one bite of this deliciously decadent frosting will leave you craving for more. Give it a try today and take your love for coffee and chocolate to the next level!

Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting

Chocolate-Coffee Fudge Frosting Recipe

From 125 Best Cupcakes Recipes. Didn't have any chocolate cream liqueur - used Peach Snaps!! 🙂 Made half the recipe to frost my recipe #235409.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 138.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate cream liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee or 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 pinch salt


  • In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, butter, chocolate liqueur, coffee and salt until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.
  • Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

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Serving: 31gCalories: 138.5kcalCarbohydrates: 17.9gProtein: 1.1gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 20.3mgSodium: 15.3mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 14.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy
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