Mocha Nutella Cupcakes

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 14 cupcakes

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These Mocha Nutella Cupcakes are the perfect way to get your coffee fix! A moist coffee flavored cupcake topped with creamy Nutella frosting!

white cake plate full of mocha nutella cupcakes with frosting and chocolate drizzle

So it hit me as I was making these that I just don’t make cupcakes enough.

Cupcakes are so fun! They’re less stressful than making a giant 2 or 3 or 4 layer cake, and a simple swirl of frosting is all they need. Nutella frosting, preferably.

one mocha nutella cupcake on white plate unwrapped

This cupcake recipe is courtesy of my friend Lindsay Conchar’s cookbook Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes, and — you guys — I want to make everything immediately and then devour it. It was so hard to pick something to make for you, but I am a big coffee lover (as long as it’s sweet enough, so a mocha dessert is right up my alley!), and Nutella??! Well that’s a no-brainer.

simply beautiful homemade cakes cookbook by lindsay conchar

Also, I know that a dessert with coffee in it is absolutely adults-only here, so no sharing! That’s a big plus here 😉

Although you might be surprised how little sugar and baking my kids get to eat. Yesterday my 4 year old told me that we shouldn’t go trick-or-treating on Halloween because we get treats and we don’t need treats because they’re not healthy for us. (I promise she is my child!)

one mocha nutella cupcake unwrapped and cut in half laying on its side

So obviously I’m really good at talking the talk, but I don’t quite walk the walk when they’re not looking, because CUPCAKES.

If you love baking, you need this cookbook! It has so many fun variations that I’ve never seen before, and I am going to love trying out more and more in the future!

mocha nutella cupcakes square image up close with nutella frosting and chocolate drizzle

*Note: the recipe below is from Lindsay’s cookbook — I made a couple changes when I was making them and I’ve included those in the notes. Nothing major! Just the lazy girl in me coming out 😉

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Mocha Nutella Cupcakes

5 from 2 votes
These Mocha Nutella Cupcakes are a decadent dessert loaded with coffee and chocolate flavours!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 14 cupcakes
Calories 486cal



  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar 155g
  • 6 tbsp sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites room temperature, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 163g
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 3 tbsp instant espresso coffee powder
  • 6 tbsp milk, room temperature


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
  • 5 tbsp water or milk


  • Mocha Cupcakes:Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy, about 3 to minutes. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Add 1 of the egg whites and mix until well combined. Add the remaining 2 egg whites and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Combine the hot water and espresso coffee powder in a small measuring cup, then add the milk. Add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Fill the cupcake liners about halfway with batter. Bake the cupcakes for 16 to 18 minutes (mine were done at 14 minutes, so check early on!), or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Frosting:To make the frosting, beat the butter and shortening in a large bowl until smooth. Add 2 cups (230 g) of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add the Nutella and water or milk and mix until well combined. Add the remaining 2 cups (230 g) powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen, or kept at room temperature for up to 2-3 days..


*I used 4 tablespoons 0% Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and 2 whole eggs instead of egg whites (because I hate having halves of things!). The cupcakes turned out great!
*I mixed the first batch of wet ingredients, then added the dry ingredients right to the same bowl and mixed. I ended with the coffee and milk mixture (this is just the way my mom taught me to bake — we’re not into dirtying extra bowls!)
*I drizzled mine with Nutella that had been microwaved on high for 20 seconds first. It makes them look pretty and is super simple! (Plus, Nutella)

Nutrition Information

Calories: 486cal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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Excerpted from Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes: Extraordinary Recipes and Easy Decorating Techniques by Lindsay Conchar. Copyright © 2016. Reprinted with permission from Page Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Amanda says

    Hi Ashley! I think I’ll make these for a party. Do you have any recommended adjustments for high altitude areas? Do you feel like the coffee flavor is pretty strong? I was thinking of maybe using strong coffee instead of milk. Let me know!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Amanda! I’m sorry, I know nothing about baking in higher altitudes! I would try Googling for recommendations. And I think the coffee flavor is pretty strong already — for me, I wouldn’t add any extra but you can try if you like!

      • Amanda says

        Hi Ashley! I made these as minis last night. Although the cake tastes great, almost all the liners pulled away from the cupcakes :-(. I need these for a big party tomorrow. Do you know how I could alter the recipe to fix this? I’m kind of in a time crunch. Thank you so much!

      • Ashley Fehr says

        Hi Amanda! I’m not exactly sure what you mean. The liners pulled away from the cupcakes as they baked? Can you just remove the liners? I would say that it might be the liners you’re using because I’ve never had any issues with them.

      • Amanda says

        The cakes are for a public party, so I wouldn’t want to serve them without liners. Sometimes when the cupcakes are too moist the liners will come off after I take them out of the pan. It’s a common issue from what I’ve read. I think I’ll bake them a little longer and take out a tiny bit of milk. Thanks for responding, Ashley! These are so tasty.

      • Ashley Fehr says

        Great tip! I’ve never heard of that before, and I actually don’t know that I’ve ever had that problem with any cupcakes or muffins. My problem is usually not being able to get them out! Lol

  2. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says

    These look awesome Ashley! And while you make some BEAUTIFUL cakes, you clearly need to make more cupcakes because are lovely! 🙂 I’m so intrigued by your change to the mixing of ingredients. I need to try it now!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh, pff — I’m just lazy! A laziness in the kitchen passed down from generations. Lol. My husband is obsessed with these and is just waiting for the next time I crack open your book!

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