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How To Make Coffee Frosting

Updated on July 13, 2015

Coffee Anyone?

I love coffee and I absolutely love sweets! So, what's a girl to do? That's right! Mix the two together to make a truly decadent frosting.

I was standing in my kitchen one day with 12 chocolate cupcakes and no icing. While sipping on my cup of coffee pondering what to make to go on top of them, I realized mid sip... coffee frosting!

So, this is for all of you coffee and sweet treat loving people out there. It's quite simple to make and absolutely amazing for your taste buds.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: Makes enough for 12 cupcakes or one 8" round cake


  • 1/2 cup Butter (room temperature)
  • 6 cups Powered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Coffee Extract
  • 1 tsp Milk
McCormick Pure Coffee Extract, 1 fl oz
McCormick Pure Coffee Extract, 1 fl oz

A great tasting coffee extract for your baking needs.



  1. Place butter in mixing bowl and mix on medium/high speed for 5 minutes
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, adding small amounts at a time; mix on low speed until wet
  3. Mix on med/high for 3 minutes
  4. Add milk, a few drops at a time
  5. Add 2 cups of powered sugar, a little at a time; mix until wet
  6. Add 1/2 tbsp of coffee extract; mix until blended
  7. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, small amounts at a time; mix until wet
  8. Add 1/2 tbsp of coffee extract
  9. Mix on med/high for 3 minutes

How To Store Your Frosting


You can store your leftover frosting in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. I usually double bag mine in some Hefty bags and that does the trick for me.


You can store leftover frosting in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If I'm going to be using my leftover frosting the next day, I just keep it in a piping bag with the tip still on. If I'm not going use my frosting for a few days, then I store it in an airtight container. Again, I double up some Hefty bags or I store the frosting in a tupperware bowl. The frosting will absorb any smells in the fridge, (such as onions, garlic, etc.) so it's best to avoid keeping the frosting next to such fragrant items.

Hamilton Beach 64650 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer, Stainless Steel
Hamilton Beach 64650 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer, Stainless Steel

I prefer stand mixers so you can walk away to do other things while mixing. Has 6 mixing speeds!


Just A Few Tips

hopefully my lessons learned will help you out

  • When adding the powdered sugar, the first thing that you want to do is to sift the powdered sugar into the mixer. This step insures that you won't create any lumps in your frosting.
  • Next, start the mixer on low as not to create a poof of sugar dust. Mix until wet, then turn your mixer up to a higher speed. It makes things messy if you don't and the majority of your powdered sugar ends up everywhere except in your mixing bowl. Believe me, I know. It's happened to me numerous times (you'd think I'd know better by now)!
  • On step 1, mix the butter for the entire 5 minutes and on steps 3 and 9, you want to mix for the whole 3 minutes. This allows the frosting to become more fluffy and makes for a beautiful end result. Taking those few extra minutes to mix will make a world of difference!
  • Also, you want to alternate between wet and dry ingredients to keep the balance of a fluffy texture. If the frosting gets too many wet ingredients at once, the frosting will become too runny. It then takes much more powdered sugar to get it back to the right consistency and vice versa.
  • If a thicker frosting is what you desire, then add more powdered sugar to your mixture. This makes frosting cupcakes easier as well as piping designs. If a thinner frosting is desired, then add more coffee and/or milk to the mixture a few drops at a time. Slightly thinner frostings are better for icing cakes, it spreads a lot nicer and looks more attractive.
  • Lastly, if you prefer a stronger coffee taste, just add more coffee extract. You may need to add more powdered sugar, depending on the consistency that you're after.

Sounds like a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes very simple and quick to make.

Cast your vote for Decadent Coffee Frosting
Wilton 2104-1358 Disposable 12-inch Decorating Bags, 24/ Pack
Wilton 2104-1358 Disposable 12-inch Decorating Bags, 24/ Pack

These are the exact bags that I use to pipe my frosting on cupcakes and cakes. Very durable!

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      Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      This looks sooo good! I'm definitely going to try it. I love coffee!

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      SofyBelle 3 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: I am actually sitting here eating a leftover biscuit from breakfast yesterday with my coffee while squidooing... ha :-). I seem to be losing my sweet tooth as well. It isn't completely gone, but surely not like it used to be. I'm trying to convince myself that is a good thing! :-D Thanks for visiting and have a splendid day!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This frosting looks very yummy. I seem to have lost my sweet teeth at the moment, which is strange as I have had one all my life. When I get it back I will certainly make it, as I'm quite happy eating a dry old biscuit, or nothing at all with my cuppa.

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      SofyBelle 3 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: You won't be disappointed, it's highly delicious... thanks for stopping by! :-D

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      SofyBelle 3 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: I completely agree! :-) Thank you for visiting!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      This makes my mouth water! Gotta try it. :)

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Anything coffee is delicious in my book.

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      SofyBelle 3 years ago

      @Charito1962: Thank you very much for visiting! The icing tastes best on chocolate cupcakes, but it also goes well on vanilla or even strawberry cupcakes.

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      SofyBelle 3 years ago

      @AnonymousC831: Thank you for the welcome and for viewing my lens! This icing is truly amazing, you will fall in love with the first bite.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Having a sweet tooth, I have a weakness for pastries. And this lens makes me crave for your cupcakes!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Welcome to Squidoo. I love coffee. Very interesting icing, I have to try this.

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      jurobelle0425 3 years ago

      I love coffee too, so this will pair great with my sweet tooth. Thanks so much for this lens!!