Mocha Chocolate Chip Cupcake

Has it ever happened to you, that you try out something new & start wondering… why you never tried it before? It just reminds me of the famous scene from the evergreen Malayalam movie Nadodikattu where Mohanlal's character asking Srinivasan “eda Vijaya, entha namukku ee budhi nerathe thonnanjathu?” to which Srinivasan's character replying “Dasa, oroninnum athintethaya samayamundu mone”. Ohhh how I miss Malayalam movies of those days! (For my non-Kerala friends, in short: “There's a time for everything”). Anyways, let's come back to our cupcake. After having the very first bite of this cupcake, I was asking myself why I never tried baking something that has a strong coffee taste before? Looks like now is the right time. Anyways, as I always say… better late than never!

I'm presently in a cupcake baking spree & I ended up with this one day. I was happy with its taste, texture n looks too :) I hope you too will like it. Go ahead, bake it & enjoy!

Here is the recipe:

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cupcake

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15
Author: Maria Jose


  • 2 Eggs ( @ room temp)
  • 125 gms Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar (substitute given below)
  • 1/2 cup Milk (room temp)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 2 tbsp Instant Coffee Powder
  • 2 cups Self-Raising Flour (substitute given below)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (you can use semi sweet or milk choc chips)


  • 1.5 cups Icing sugar
  • 125 gms Butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp Instant Coffee Powder
  • Choc Chips (to decorate)


  • Preheat oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking. Line a 12-cupcake pan with cupcake liners. In a medium sized bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add butter & sugar, then mix until light & fluffy. Add milk, flour, vanilla essence & instant coffee, stir to combine. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 mins until light & fluffy. Stir through the choc chips.
  • Divide the mixture between the prepared cupcake tin. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen & firm to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully before icing.
  • Icing
  • Mix together the icing sugar, butter & coffee until well combined, then beat until light & fluffy. Use a piping bag fitted with a nozzle of your choice to pipe the topping onto the cupcakes. You can also spread the icing on the cupcakes using a knife. Decorate with choc chips.
  • Substitution for self raising flour: to get 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder+ 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. (source:
  • Substitution for caster sugar: to get 1 cup caster sugar. process 1 cup granulated sugar (usual sugar) in a food processor/mixer until fine, but don’t powder it like icing sugar. (source:


I used Nestle Sunrise brand coffee powder. I used Hershey’s milk choc chips. I got around 15 std size cupcakes & 12 mini cupcakes from the above qty. The std size cupcakes were ready in 15- 20 mins & the mini cupcakes were ready in 10-15 mins. I stored the frosted cupcakes @ room temp for 2 days in an air tight container. Its always better to sieve the icing sugar before adding to the icing mix.
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46 thoughts on “Mocha Chocolate Chip Cupcake”

  1. Hi Maria…I tried these cupcakes. They were welcome change from the extra sweet and chocolatey ones i make. I initially didnt like the coffee hitting my taste buds but eventually could not stop eating them

    • Hi Melisha,

      Good to know that this cupcakes worked out well for you. Yeah, if you are not used to coffee in baked goodies, it might take some getting used to..

      Anyways, I’m glad in the end it worked out for you :)

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for this simple and easy recipie, this was my first try in Baking and it came up well. My daughters like cup cake very much.


    Bosco Abraham

    • Hi Bosco,

      Great to know that you got in your first baking attempt itself :) Thanks a lot for trying this and for the comment too..

      Btw, I’ve posted a few other cupcake recipes as well. Hope you get to bake them for your daughters :)


  3. Hi Uma,

    First of all, sorry for the delayed reply. I was on a small holiday & didnt check the mails regularly.

    About your query… I havent tried it as a cake, but I guess you can do it. I usually make cupcakes with normal cake recipes, so I think the reverse should also work ;) Btw, the baking time might be different.

    Hope you will like it.


  4. Hi Chechi, I am a great fan of your blog. I’ve tried out several recipes of yours. Even blogged about a few of them on my blog – I tried out this cupcake today and it came out amazingly well. Here’s a pic of my daughter enjoying it. 

    Keep up the good work! Looking forward to your book :)

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much! Your daughter looks so cute, God Bless! I’m really happy when the recipes are liked by little ones :)

      Best wishes for your blog dear!


  5. hi maria,

    i baked these today…i love coffee and chocolate,so i knew this was a hit even as i read ur recipe…they were so heavenly…thanks for this recipe..i will definitely bake ’em again…and to add,nadodikkattu is like my family’s favourite movie….so it brought back memories when i read your post.. 

    • Hi Bins,

      I’m glad that your cupcakes came out well. Thanks for the comment :) Nadodikattu is one of my all time fav movies, its kinda impossible not to like it, right :)?


  6. Wow Maria… Amazing as always!
     It’s my daughter’s birthday tomorrow. I found the perfect thing for her… She loves coffee and cupcakes…This is the combo… :)
    Thanks so much dear!

  7. These look so good Maria.I am a fan of coffee flavor in baking too and always add a tsp of instant coffee powder to chocolate cake recipes even if the recipe doesn’t call for it.Love this!

  8. Wow !! Like u wrote I was also wondering the same,how come I never visited sich a popular page before ??Maybe ellathinum athintethaya samyam undakum :) I will be following u from now onwards.

  9. Cup cake ugran aayittundu Maria! Looks superb! Your write up made me smile. yeah there is a time for everything. Love those old movies. Enjoy!!

  10. Hello!

    Was just wondering what tip you used for piping out the icing ?!


    P.S… Needles to say lovely post and awesome foto, as usual :D


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