Indulge in Deliciously Rich Coffee Cream Filling

Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee? How about incorporating that rich and bold flavor into your dessert? Look no further than this coffee cream filling/frosting recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but it adds a delicious coffee twist to any dessert. Whether it’s used as a filling for cakes or as a frosting on cupcakes, this recipe is sure to please every coffee lover out there. So, why settle for just any ordinary dessert when you can elevate it with the best coffee cream filling recipe out there? Join me in exploring the ingredients and instructions for this delicious recipe that will leave you wanting more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Cream Filling / Frosting
Coffee Cream Filling / Frosting

Are you a coffee lover? Do you enjoy the rich and bold flavors of coffee in your desserts? Then you’ll love this recipe for coffee cream filling/frosting!

Imagine biting into a delicious chocolate cupcake or banana bread and being met with the smooth and creamy texture of a coffee flavored frosting. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness and caffeine to satisfy all your cravings.

This recipe is versatile, allowing you to use it for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, or any other baked good that would benefit from a creamy coffee flavor. And with substitutions and variations provided in this article, you can customize it to fit your preferences.

The ingredient list includes simple items like instant coffee granules and confectioners’ sugar, making it easy to make with ingredients you likely already have at home. The recipe instructions are just as easy to follow, allowing you to make this frosting in no time.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also allows for make-ahead, storing, and reheating options. You can whip up a batch ahead of time for a special occasion or store leftovers for future use.

In conclusion, if you are looking for an easy yet decadent frosting that will elevate any baked good to the next level, then look no further than this coffee cream filling/frosting recipe. Its smooth and creamy texture combined with the bold flavors of coffee will surely impress any coffee lover in your life.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in this dreamy coffee cream filling!
Indulge in this dreamy coffee cream filling!

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are the essential ingredients to make this delicious coffee cream filling/frosting recipe. Double-check the ingredient list before heading to the grocery store.

Ingredients 1:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1½ tablespoons coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa)

Ingredients 2:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 5 cups icing sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs frosting when you have coffee cream filling like this?
Who needs frosting when you have coffee cream filling like this?

Let’s start making our Coffee Cream Filling/Frosting Recipe. This recipe is pretty easy to make and can be used as either a filling or frosting for your cakes, cupcakes, brownies or even to top your favorite ice cream.


Here are the things we need to prepare for the recipe:

  • For the coffee cream filling:
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • For the coffee buttercream frosting:
  • 1½ tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt

Steps on How to Make It

Below are the steps on how we can create this delicious Coffee Cream Filling/Frosting Recipe at home:

Step 1: Let’s start with the Coffee Cream Filling. In a mixing bowl (electric mixer), beat the heavy whipping cream until it becomes fluffy. Take another bowl (use another electric mixer if available) and beat the cream cheese until it also becomes fluffy.

Step 2: In a small bowl, dissolve the instant coffee or espresso powder in just one tablespoon of boiling water until it is smooth.

Step 3: Combine both of these mixtures together in one bowl and mix them by adding sifted powdered sugar gradually; beat them all together until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Put your mixture inside a piping bag with a tip securely attached. Use this to frost your cupcakes or you may use it as a filling too!

Step 5: Now for the Coffee Buttercream Frosting. In a small bowl, dissolve the instant espresso powder in just one tablespoon of hot water. Make sure you set this aside and let it cool down.

Step 6: Use an electric mixer to beat the butter for around 3 minutes at medium speed until it becomes light and fluffy.

Step 7: Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and continue beating them at low speed until everything is well combined.

Step 8: Add espresso mixture and salt to the frosting then mix again until they’re well incorporated.

Step 9: Put frosting in a piping bag with a tip attached securely for easy decorating/frosting of your cake or cupcakes.

Tips for Perfect Results

If done properly, this recipe can be a great addition to your baking experience. Below are some tips to ensure perfect results:

  • To make sure that your cream cheese is in good consistency before beating it, you may use food processor or mixer.
  • If you want your filling/frosting to be smooth, make sure everything is at room temperature

Substitutions and Variations

 You can never have too much coffee—especially in frosting form.
You can never have too much coffee—especially in frosting form.

If you want to change up the flavor profile of this coffee cream filling/frosting recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations for you to try. Here are some ideas:

– Instant coffee granules: If you don’t have instant espresso powder on hand, you can substitute regular instant coffee granules instead. The flavor will be slightly different, but still delicious.

– Cream cheese frosting: If you prefer a tangier, less sweet frosting, consider making a cream cheese frosting instead of the buttercream filling. Replace the 1 cup of unsalted butter in the recipe with 1 cup of softened cream cheese and reduce the confectioners’ sugar to 2 cups.

– Whipped cream filling: For an even lighter and fluffier filling, you can make a whipped cream-based version. In a large bowl, beat together 2 cups of heavy cream with 3 tbsp instant espresso powder until stiff peaks form. Alternatively, you can use coffee whipped cream by adding 1½ tbsp of instant espresso powder and 1 tbsp of confectioners’ sugar to ½ cup of pre-made whipped cream.

– Pastry cream: This coffee-flavored pastry cream is perfect for filling cakes or pastries. In a medium saucepan, whisk together 2 cups of whole milk with ½ cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of cornstarch until smooth. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to thicken, then whisk in 4 egg yolks and continue cooking for another minute or two until it’s very thick. Remove from the heat and stir in 1½ tbsp of instant espresso powder and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Let cool completely before using.

No matter which variation you choose, this easy coffee cream filling/frosting recipe is sure to delight your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Make your desserts even more irresistible with coffee cream filling.
Make your desserts even more irresistible with coffee cream filling.

This coffee cream filling/frosting recipe is a versatile and delicious addition to any dessert. It pairs perfectly with chocolate cupcakes, banana bread, brownies, and of course, coffee cake.

When serving this cream filling/frosting, consider adding a dollop to the top of a warm brownie or sandwiching it between two layers of banana cake. The creamy texture and rich coffee flavor will make your taste buds dance with joy.

To take your coffee game to the next level, try adding a spoonful of instant espresso powder to the recipe for an extra boost of caffeine and flavor. This will take your frosting from good to great by deepening the coffee notes and adding a little bit of edge.

Don’t forget to garnish your desserts with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate curls for an added touch of elegance.

Overall, this easy coffee cream filling/frosting recipe is perfect for any occasion, casual or formal. It’s so delicious and versatile that it can be paired with almost anything making it an ideal choice for any dessert enthusiast.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for coffee addicts who can't resist a sweet treat.
Perfect for coffee addicts who can’t resist a sweet treat.

If you plan ahead, making the coffee cream filling in advance will save time and make for a smooth baking process. To make the filling ahead of time, simply store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days. Before using it, let the filling sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Storing the filled cupcakes can seemingly be a daunting task, but it’s easier than you think! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature before serving.

Reheating filled cupcakes may seem like an impossible feat, but I promise it’s possible! To reheat chilled cupcakes, put one or two cupcakes on a microwave-safe plate and heat in short increments until slightly warm. Alternatively, you can remove the chilled cupcakes from the refrigerator and leave them out at room temperature for 1-2 hours before reheating.

If you want to prolong their shelf life by freezing them, wrap each unfrosted cupcake tightly with plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container in your freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw at room temperature overnight and frost with your favorite frosting recipe.

These storage tips will keep your delicious coffee cream filling fresh and tasty even days after they were baked.

Tips for Perfect Results

 If you're a fan of coffee and sweets, you'll love this recipe!
If you’re a fan of coffee and sweets, you’ll love this recipe!

To ensure that your coffee cream filling or frosting comes out perfectly, there are a few tips that I’ve learned over the years.

1. Use quality ingredients: The taste of your coffee cream is only as good as the ingredients you use. So, make sure to use fresh and high-quality ingredients for the best taste.

2. Soften butter at room temperature: Softening butter at room temperature is essential when making any type of frosting or filling. It will make it easier to beat the butter until it’s fluffy and smooth.

3. Sift powdered sugar and instant espresso powder: To avoid lumps in your frosting, sift the powdered sugar and instant espresso powder before adding to the recipe.

4. Don’t overbeat the mixture: When beating the cream filling, don’t overdo it because overbeating it can cause it to become dense and heavy.

5. Whip cream until stiff peaks form: To create a fluffy texture, whip the cream until stiff peaks form before folding it into the filling or frosting.

6. Chill before serving: Once prepared, chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together properly.

7. Make sure to measure accurately: Accurately measuring all ingredients is critical for achieving desired results.

8. Experiment with variations: Add some personality to your recipe by experimenting with different types of coffee or whipped cream flavors that will suit your dessert.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create an impressive coffee cream filling or frosting for any dessert in no time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are a coffee lover like me, you will absolutely fall in love with this delicious coffee cream filling and frosting recipe! Not only is it easy to make with just a few ingredients, but it also pairs perfectly with a variety of desserts including cupcakes, cakes, brownies, and more. Whether you prefer a lighter whipped cream filling or a richer coffee buttercream frosting, this recipe allows for customization to suit your preferences.

With its perfect blend of instant coffee and cream cheese or whipped cream, you can enjoy the best coffee flavor in every bite. And with the options for substitutions and variations that I have provided, you can mix and match ingredients to create your own personalized version of this amazing recipe.

So why not give this recipe a try? I guarantee that you will love the flavorful and rich taste of this coffee cream filling and frosting. Whether you make it for a special occasion or as an everyday treat, this recipe is sure to impress everyone who tries it. So go ahead and indulge in this easy-to-make, deliciously addicting coffee cream filling and frosting now!

Coffee Cream Filling / Frosting

Coffee Cream Filling / Frosting Recipe

This is the most delicious filling / frosting I have ever tasted. Always a hit with the family.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 2 or more cups
Calories 472.9 kcal


  • 1 cup 35% cream
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (or any other flavourful coffee of your choice)


  • Mixed all three ingredients in a medium sized glass bowl.
  • Beat ingredients still stiff.
  • Use as a filling in your favourite cake or as frosting for cupcakes.
  • Be creative!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 302gCalories: 472.9kcalCarbohydrates: 34.7gProtein: 3gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 23.1gCholesterol: 132.7mgSodium: 42.3mgSugar: 29.5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Inexpensive, Low Protein
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