Kahlua Cupcakes

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These cake mix Kahlua cupcakes are extra chocolatey, loaded with Kahlua and topped with an espresso infused frosting. 

These cake mix Kahlua cupcakes are extra chocolatey, loaded with Kahlua and topped with an espresso infused with espresso.

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Cupcakes always help the week go by faster, although I am a firm believer in eating cupcakes with days that end in “y”. Today we’re making easy Kahlua Cupcakes with a silky chocolate frosting.

These cake mix Kahlua cupcakes are extra chocolatey, loaded with Kahlua and topped with an espresso infused with espresso.

I made these cupcakes 5 different times, experimenting with recipes from scratch and with a cake mix. In the end, I decided on a recipe that uses cake mix.

Alcohol can really change the texture and crumb of a cupcake, at least the way I use it (which is a lot of it!). Recipes made from scratch tend to make the cake more dense like a pound cake. When it comes to cupcakes, I want something lighter in texture with more air bubbles and a softer crumb. That is exactly why I chose a cake mix for this recipe.

The chocolatey Kahlua cupcakes are so easy! The whipped chocolate frosting is infused with some espresso and Kahlua. Grab the recipe at beyondfrosting.com

I wanted this cupcake to be extra chocolaty, so I’ve added some extra cocoa powder. To offset the added dry ingredients, I also added some light sour cream. The sour cream is what keeps these cupcakes nice and moist for a couple days after you make them. It’s not your standard cake mix cupcake.

For the frosting, I’ve adapted my Best Chocolate Frosting recipe. I’ve added a little bit of espresso to bring out the chocolate and Kahlua flavor. And of course the frosting needed a touch of Kahlua as well. This frosting has been whipped to perfection. It’s super airy. You can do this too if you just spend a few extra minutes beating the frosting once all the ingredients have been added.

The chocolatey Kahlua cupcakes are so easy! The whipped chocolate frosting is infused with some espresso and Kahlua. Grab the recipe at beyondfrosting.com

There’s one thing you have to know about me. I like my cupcakes with a LOT of frosting, so there’s plenty to go around here. Growing up, I wasn’t even interested in the frosting at all. It’s all about the frosting. Then I learned how to make frosting and it was a totally game changer for me. I hope you feel the same way. Then we can be friends. Mmmkay? Cool.

These cake mix Kahlua cupcakes are extra chocolatey, loaded with Kahlua and topped with an espresso infused with espresso.

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12 Responses
  1. Rose M. Murry

    Do the Kahlua cupcakes stand up to freezing… I want to make them ahead of time for an event.
    I sure hope they do!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Rose, I’ve never froze them myself. But for freezing I recommend cooling completely and freezing in an airtight container. When thawing, thaw with the lid off to prevent excess moisture

  2. Kassie

    I made these for super bowl Sunday. They were so good! I made them mini, and everyone loved them. I added a little more espresso to the frosting and a tab but more kahlua. My favorite part was the cocoa powder and espresso powder dusted over the top. Yummy!

  3. larissa

    Holy wow! This looks so amazing. Kahlua cupcakes sounds like heaven in a cake! I cannot wait to try this recipe for myself, it seems like you are always outdoing yourself! Thanks so very much for providing such delicious recipes!

  4. Morgan

    These are so cute and look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try these! All of your deserts look marvelous. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Double the chocolate is always better! I’ve been craving a cupcake all week and would love one of these right now.

  6. Mir

    You pretty much had me at Kahlua. It’s the best drink ever, and I’ve made it in chocolate cake before. So dang good. The frosting looks incredible too!

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