Mocha Cupcakes Recipe
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Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

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Meet the Cook: This recipe is one that I have called on over the years for numerous occasions - birthdays, PTA meetings, for serving to company, etc. Everyone likes it. My husband and I have two grown children and three granddaughters. -Lorna Smith, New Hazelton, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 421 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, mayonnaise and vanilla. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda; add to the mayonnaise mixture and beat until well mixed.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffins cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, combine the, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, coffee granules and salt in a large bowl. Stir in cream. Place mixer beaters in bowl; cover and chill for 30 minutes. Beat frosting until stiff peaks form. Frost the cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
To make a cake: Prepare batter and bake as directed for cupcakes, except use two greased 8-in. round cake pans. Frost between layers and sides and top of cake. Serves 12.
Originally published as Mocha Cupcakes in Country Woman May/June 1996, p33

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"can you use miracle whip instead of mayonnaise? i always have that on hand."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"test from vsathani"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"Why did mine come out doughy and tasting underdone? I baked them as long as the recipe says if not longer."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Moist and delicious!!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Awesome frosting! really changes a "good cupcake" to an "amazing cupcake"."

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