Mocha Fudge Cupcakes

There are some days you want a good home made chocolate dessert.  These Mocha Fudge Cupcakes will give you the boost to make it through your next tough day.

These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!

There are some days that I wonder how I manage to run a blog.  Have I ever mentioned how computer illiterate I am?  Seriously! I have real problems with computers and tech stuff in general.   Oh, I know what I like and how I want it to look, but doing it…forget about it.

One of the things that I have been working on lately is my blog speed.  Actually I haven’t done anything to “work” on it.  I have just sat in tears as my site has been down.  They were really tears of joy because that just means there were lots of people trying to access my recipes, and that makes me so happy.  But dealing with my server…that was really what the tears came from.

It isn’t fun to sit on the phone for hours trying to convince them to turn your site back on, only to watch it crash again 30 minutes later.  Finally after talking to 4 different tech support people, they got it back up.  But it has been running extremely slow.  When a page doesn’t load in a couple seconds, no one is going to wait around. So I have been looking into new companies.  Finally I found one that I felt comfortable switching too. 

These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!
One of the things that I needed to do was go into my current server and switch the names to the new one.  Sounds easy enough and my new tech guy even sent me directions on how to do it.  I thought to myself that this should be fairly easy to do.  I got this :-)

The only problem…I never wrote down my password or user name when I bought my domain.  I know…major fail on my part.  But I was finally able to get into my google apps for it and was trying to find how to change.  I really should have made a batch of this Monster Cookie Dough Popcorn to munch on as I dealt with my “issues”.

These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!

After looking for a while, I finally called go daddy’s support.  I swear this girl was probably laughing her butt off at me each time she put me on hold.

She kept asking me what my pin number was, and I kept telling her that I had no idea, and that’s why I had called her.   Then she asked me to think of one off the top of my head, and what would I choose if I had to pick one right now.  Seriously???  Of course nothing I threw out worked, and  I was getting so frustrated with her.  Finally she transferred me to another tech guy who was much more patient.  He walked me through where to get in to switch the names…and he didn’t keep asking me for my pin number.  That girl was just plain crazy!

These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!

Here’s the kicker…I actually had done it all right the first time BEFORE I called them.  For some reason my computer didn’t like the password and pin that I entered manually.  The key to getting it to work was just copying and pasting the numbers in.   That whole story to say…this is why I pay people to maintain my site.  It works out best for all those involved.  They make money, and I keep my sanity.

Needless to say, after talking to that girl, I needed some chocolate.  Lucky for me, I had all the ingredients to make these awesome Mocha Fudge Cupcakes.  Now if you have been reading my blog for very long, you know that I am a huge fan of cake mixes.  9 times out of 10 I will use a box mix before making anything else.  But this recipe is one that I have been making for a few years, and I break it out every now and again.  I realized as I made it, that I have never shared it here either.

So bonus day…I got my chocolate and you get the recipe.

These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!

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Mocha Fudge Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Mocha Fudge Cupcakes

Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with a hidden pocket of fudge and a coffee butter cream will give you a jolt to make it through the day.


For the Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup hot fudge
For the Coffee Butter Cream
1 cup butter
4 Tablespoons hot water
2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon coffee extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the oil, eggs, and extract until foamy. Stir the buttermilk and coffee into the egg mixture. Slowly add the flour mixture into the egg/milk mixture until everything has been combined. Beat on medium for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand if using.
  2. Divide the batter between 24 cupcake liners. The liners will only be about half way full. Bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. After cupcakes have cooled, scoop out the center of the cupcake. Fill with a spoonful of hot fudge.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter for 2-3 minutes. Combine the hot water and coffee granules while you are waiting. Add the coffee, extracts, and salt to the creamed butter and beat again. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all of it has been added. Beat for another 1-2 minutes until creamy. Spread or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with chocolate sprinkles or chocolate candies. Keep refrigerated. Makes 24 cupcakes.


If you can't find coffee extract for the butter cream, use vanilla extract in place.


Other great recipes for when the chocolate craving hits:

White Chocolate Goo Goo Cluster Brownies

White Chocolate Goo Goo Cluster Brownies

Milky Way Brownie Cups

Milky Way Brownie Cups

Mocha Cappuccino Puppy Chow

Mocha Cappuccino Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies)


These mocha cupcakes have a hidden fudge pocket and coffee butter cream on top.  They will not last long when you make them!!!

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  1. says

    I think you and I have a lot in common, lol! I am an absolute tech dummy. I can come up with content all day long, and I love the photography part, but the behind-the-scenes stuff paralyzes me with fear. I wish I could take a class or something! Well, congratulations on being Miss Popularity (you deserve it! ;)), and on those fabulous cupcakes! I’m seriously drooling!
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  2. Maggie says

    Ugh I hate when the person on the other end of the line makes you feel bad for something you don’t know…but I hope the chocolate made you feel better! :)

  3. says

    OMG! Seriously, you sound how like my last few weeks have been. Trying to switch servers and doing the site manually! (I can’t afford to pay anyone to do it) I have spent many a nights lately reading and trying to teach myself how to redesign a website. Not easy stuff. Can I come over for a cupcake? These look like they would do the trick!
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  4. says

    Ugh. Sorry you’ve been through all of that. I spent way too much time this weekend migrating my work computer. Not fun at all and it’s still not done! These look incredible as always!

  5. says

    Oh no Jocelyn! I’m sorry about the server. BOO! Over the weekend I learned that if a PR or a media company is looking to hire you, if your site doesn’t load in less than 10 seconds, they aren’t hiring. That’s my #1 priority now! You’re going to love it after you switch!

    These cupcakes rock!!
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  6. Tanya says

    What an ordeal Jocelyn!!! I’m not tech savvy either and if it makes you feel better, I am terrible about saving passwords! These cupcakes are awesome! Love the centers!

  7. says

    I’m exactly the same with technology!! It sucks, I’m always like “I want it to do this, why can’t I make that happen, why is it so difficult Arghhhhhh?!?!?!” Then I go and eat cake. Anyway, I’m incredibly lucky as my boyfriend is an IT geek so although I get cross during the day, he can usually calm me down in the evening and once I’ve explained myself clearly enough, which I also struggle with as I know what I want it to look like in my head, he can usually fix it! What would we do without tech guys?! And these cupcakes look great, I’ve only recently discovered how much I love mocha flavoured things so these definitely need to be made :)
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  8. says

    Tech troubles … Yuck! I am waiting for a new computer to arrive because mine died. I am operating on an ipad which I don’t understand, but I’m grateful to have. I need tech support to come live with me … I’ll make your cupcakes for them 😉

  9. says

    bleh! what a headache! i’m no good with computers either, sometimes i feel like i’m trying to speak a foreign language when dealing with them. i’m glad you got things resolved though, and i’m especially glad that you finished the fiasco with such a gorgeous treat. you deserved it!
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  10. Lisa Bailey says

    I can’t believe that woman was doing that to you. Hopefully she was new on the job… Wish I could actually see the recipe to make these though as they look AWESOME!

  11. says

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous! Since they have coffee in them, can I have one for breakfast? I can just imagine how yummy they taste.

    I’m not tech savvy, but my son, son-in-law, brother and nephew are all in the tech business. The only problem is for them to find the time to help me.
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  12. says

    I hate frustrating people like that! I’m sure the tech people said the same about me after I had first got my web hosting. Anyway, these cupcakes look ahhhmazing!! yum.
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  13. says

    I remember migrating from blogger to wordpress – what an ordeal! Every time I even hear the word “nameservers” I cringe. But then I just stare at these fudgey cupcakes and all is well! It’s like every one of my cravings is sitting right here in this little treat! 😀
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  14. says

    Girl, you’re not alone! I’m so not techy and when my site goes down I panic and can’t even call the support since I have no idea what all those techy words mean, sounds like a foreign language to me :((
    These cupcakes are sure the answer to these types of days. You can’t go wrong with coffee and chocolate!
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  15. says

    That looks really good,! I should keep this recipe to make when I’m having computer/phone/iPad problems again. They just don’t seem to like me. Fortunately I’ve got someone at home who can fix it for me, but there already have been a lot of desperate calls to his workplace. Next time I should eat one of those cupcakes first and then tackle the problem :).

    • says

      Hi, Simone. Yes, there is hot fudge center. There is hot fudge in the ingredient list, and in step 2 it tells you to fill the cupcakes when they are cooled. I hope that helps :-)

  16. DM says

    I’ve been reading the recipe and I have a question. Are you adding the egg mixture and milk mixture to the flour mixture OR the flour mixture and milk mixture to the egg mixture OR the egg mixture and flour mixture to the milk mixture?

    “Alternately add the flour mixture with the milk mixture until everything has been combined.”

    • says

      Ok, so I read through and can see how my original instructions could be misunderstood. I updated the recipe, so it makes more sense. I hope that helps :-)


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