Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting Recipe
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Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting Recipe

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Old-fashioned flavor comes through with the molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in these light, fluffy cupcakes. The mocha frosting is a fresh touch that makes them extra special. —Sarah Vaughan, Waterville, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans and assorted candies, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (26g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Stir in the coffee, butter and vanilla until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with coffee beans and candies if desired. Yield: 15 cupcakes.
Editor's Note: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
Originally published as Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting in Fun Food 2009

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Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"Great flavor combination. My only alteration was that I didn't have ground cloves in the house so I doubled the cinnamon."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"Very good recipe. Instead of cupcakes, I made this in an 8-inch square pan. It took about 35 minutes to bake. It made an excellent spice cake. I did not frost the cake."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"Cinnamon Frosting on spice cupcakes is um um good. I use it a lot."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"A little dry, I reduced baking time to 15 or so minutes. Otherwise everyone loved them."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"Just made a batch...They are great. We did not ice them. They didn't need it. I got a dozen and a half from this recipe. Will make again."

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