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Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting Recipe

Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Spice Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

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mkaskela User ID: 6061564 234189
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."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 229896
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."

Carolem36 User ID: 5347648 217901
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

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

HAPPYCOOKING46 User ID: 7491644 104308
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

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

ribbet39 User ID: 805471 98087
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."

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 180137
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"The tops of mine came out a bit crusty, so I had some difficulty getting them out of the pan. The frosting also doesn't look as choclately as the picture, but they taste delicious!"

LilMunchkin User ID: 4512807 120342
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"omg!!! the best cupcake recipe in the world!!!! the best cupcakes i have ever in my life tasted!!! on my top favorites. plan to make them time and time again!!!! more than just 5 stars!!!!!"

sofia9 User ID: 4156924 180121
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"Frosting got rave reviews from the family."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 182905
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"this is so light/fluffy - and the flavor is out of this world! Made as a "thank you" for a friend who had helped me out - she ask for the recipe after eating just one! Will be in my "favorite" box" for sure"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 182904
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"My family loves cupcakes and they devour these so fast, it's kinda scary. I make them as often as I can and they vanish just as fast. This recipe is definitely a keeper."

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