Mocha Cafe Cream Cupcakes

Jennifer McConnell Recipe

By Jennifer McConnell Shutterbug81

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These are the only cupcakes I can justify having for breakfast, since I figure I have a cup of coffee every morning, I'll just exchange the coffee for one of these!!!

These are absolutely awesome, and the recipe was created from a mixture of several different cupcake recipes. You'll definitely need to hide these, as they disappear quickly!!!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I made a huge mess in the kitchen but it was well worth it! These are decadent and can be made as fancy as you want. It was fun trying to figure out how to make the hole in the middle perfect and even more fun when I decided to try an apple corer and it worked!! I cut one in half for the photo which gave me an excuse to eat one for lunch instead of waiting for tonight's dinner.

Serve with a tall glass of ice cold milk or a steaming cup of hot coffee.

NOTE: I did omit the 1/8 cup of coffee from the filling, the recipe does not say what to do with it, so I added it however it caused the mixture to curdle so i started over and omitted it and had no problem; The recipe makes a huge amount of filling - more than is needed.


1 box
triple chocolate cake mix made with pudding
1 1/3 c
cold strong coffee
1/4 c
sour cream
1/2 box
instant chocolate pudding
2-3 tbsp mocha powder
1/2 c
vegetable oil
4 oz
softened cream cheese
1/2 c
powdered sugar
1/2 c
unsalted butter
1 1/2 c
1 box
instant chocolate pudding
6 oz
cool whip
1/8 c
cold strong brewed coffee
1 1/2 c
heavy whipping cream
4 Tbsp
mocha powder/mix
1/2 box
instant chocolate pudding mix
powdered sugar (to thicken to desired consistancy)
optional: chocolate covered coffee beans, chocolate curls, chocolate sprinkles for garnish ideas

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix cake mix as directed on box, subbing water for coffee. Add sour cream, mocha powder and pudding mix to the batter. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Using a knife, carve a hole ALMOST to the bottom of each cupcake once they are cooled, right in the center. I made the holes fairly big, as the filling is absolutely awesome (give it up for WENDY'S Boston Cream Filling, with a twist). in a bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, add in powdered sugar, milk, and chocolate pudding, fold in cool whip til mixed. I use a ziplock bag with the corner snipped, and add the filling into it, piping each hole in each cupcake well over the top.
In a mixing bowl, desolve mocha mix in the whipping cream. Beat til fluffy, then add pudding mix and powdered sugar to sweeten and thicken to your desired consistancy. Frost each cupcake either with a knife or by piping it on. Sprinkle just a fine dusting of mocha powder over top each cake, and then drizzle hersheys chocolate syrup over each one
Can use Chocolate covered coffee beans, chocolate curls, and/or chocolate sprinkles for decoration and garnish.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American

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jules goodroad MsJujubee
Jan 25, 2013
Using sugar free pudding helps cutback so much sugar you only feel a little awesome recipe!
Diane Alberigi Diane501
Aug 25, 2012
I made this recipe into a cake and it was wonderful. Took it to work and it disappeared!
marlene miller MarleneMiller33
Jul 22, 2012
I wasnt sure if this recipe called for a small or large box of pudding so I used a small box. Came out fine. I also substituted the mocha powder for swiss mocha flavored instant coffee just added more to make it more flavorful. Turned out fine.
Sandra Moss SandraLoveToBake
Jun 17, 2012
These look wonderful! Question - would it work for a bunt cake? Put the holes for the filling about an inch or so apart? Your thoughts on this please, thanks!
Cathi P Chocolita
May 19, 2012
So then what size cake mix should I use? 18.5? 16.5? 15.5? And do we buy the cake mix with the pudding mix already in it or buy the pudding mix separately? Also, what size instant pudding mix should I use? Thanks for all the rest of the tips and suggestions. My Sister and I are going to make these together.....and they will probably star at my next office birthday party.