Coffee Buttercream Frosting

Our household goes through an amount of coffee that would rival Country Cookin’ at the weekend breakfast buffet. Thankfully, we never seem to run out and we never waste what we make. It’s too good to waste, amiright?

Well, if you’re like us and you love coffee flavored things and especially love coffee ice cream (yum!) then you’ll love this Coffee Buttercream! Seriously–tastes like melted ice cream on top of a cupcake–what could be better? (maybe on fudgy brownies…)

Try Coffee Buttercream on Mocha Cupcakes for a delicious, coffeehouse inspired treat

Coffee Buttercream

Emma J. Watling
Delicious coffee flavored frosting that tastes like coffee ice cream! Use on mocha cupcakes or try it on brownies. Makes approximately 2.5 cups. Vegan.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Frosting/Icing
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1/2 c vegetable shortening
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons Instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt


  • In a small cup or bowl, stir the instant espresso powder into the water until dissolved.
  • Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the shortening on high speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce speed to low and add in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Stir in the vanilla, espresso, and salt. Scrape sides of bowl and return to low speed.
  • Add in remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Begin with 3 cups of sugar and add more if desired.
  • Pipe onto cupcakes or other dessert. Store unused frosting tightly covered and refrigerated.


Try this on Mocha Cupcakes!
For a more firm, better crusting frosting (for prettier decorating) use the full 4 cups of powdered sugar. We prefer a thinner frosting for everyday cupcakes so we only use 3 cups total.
This frosting is perfect for coffee lovers! We prefer instant espresso powder for its strength but instant coffee powder will work well, too.
Approximately 170 calories for 1/12th of the batch of frosting.


Calories: 170kcal
Keyword Coffee Buttercream, Coffee Frosting, Coffee Icing, Espresso Frosting
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I hope you love this frosting as much as we do! It definitely fits the bill for coffee lovers so try this next time you need a fix!

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