Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

One of the highlights of the holiday season is the food! Whether the party appetizers, turkey dinners or sweets and treats…there is something for everyone! One of the challenges of the holiday season is time. There never seems to be enough time to do everything on your list.  In today’s post I am sharing some easy to make (but very delicious) chocolate espresso cupcakes. 

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes using Ethel M Chocolates. #EthelMHolidays

These chocolate espresso cupcakes feature a basic chocolate cupcake recipe, flavoured with coffee. To adorn these cupcakes and make them holiday-worthy, they are topped with chocolate shavings, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and some delicious Ethel M Chocolate dark chocolate espresso beans.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes using Ethel M Chocolates. #EthelMHolidays

Ethel M Chocolates are handcrafted preservative-free chocolates (which is an important thing to me). They are made in small batches and shipped in insulated coolers and ice for peak freshness during warm weather and shipped via express shipping.

Ethel M Chocolates make a perfect holiday gift. There are many collection boxes that make gift giving easy. Whether for someone special or for yourself (to make holiday entertaining easy) try Ethel M Chocolates for the holidays.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes using Ethel M Chocolates. #EthelMHolidays

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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes using Ethel M Chocolates. #EthelMHolidays


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Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes
  1. 1 1/3 Cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 Cup cocoa powder
  3. 1 1/2 Tbsp. instant coffee
  4. 3/4 Tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1 Cup granulated sugar
  7. 2 Eggs
  8. 1 1/2 Tsp. vanilla
  9. 1 Cup milk
  1. 2/3 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 1/3 Cups icing sugar, sifted
  3. 1/4 Cup cocoa powder, sifted
  4. 1/2 Tsp. vanilla
  5. 4 Oz. dark chocolate, melted
  6. 2 Tbsp. cream
  1. Chocolate syrup
  2. Chocolate shavings
  3. Ethel M Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Cupcakes: In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix in the instant coffee and then set aside.
  3. In a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. On low speed, add half of the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Then beat in half of the milk, followed by the other half of the dry ingredients, and the other half of the milk. Do not over mix.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  7. Frosting: In a mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add cocoa powder and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla, melted chocolate, and cream, mixing until combined.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes using Ethel M Chocolates. #EthelMHolidays

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the blog.  🙂

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  • Oh my goodness these look SO good!

    xo Jessica

    My Style Vita

  • Sarah Lindner

    You take the best pictures! And these cupcakes look so yummy! I am def going to have to try!

    Sarah Lindner

  • Kelsey H

    These seriously look so delicious! I know a few people that would love to wake up to these Christmas morning haha

    xo Kelsey |

  • Sydney Power

    I loved chocolate covered coffee beans a few years ago, I will have to try these

  • Anna English

    These look SO delish!

  • These look so so yummy! And so festive!


  • Paige Strand

    Wow this looks deliciously epic! Coffee is one of my favorite flavors in desserts cold or warm!

  • Geez bella your recipes always make me hungry lol


  • Nina Rand

    I love your recipe posts and these look just delicious!

    xx Nina

  • Anything with coffee/espresso in the name sounds GOOD to me!!

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  • These sound TOO good!! I have got to try this recipe!

    xo Lacey

  • This looks so delicious! I think Santa will prefer this than cookies haha! Definitely doing this for the holiday. xx

  • Those look SO good – I’ll have to try some.


  • Anca Tantos

    Two things I love the most chocolate and coffee!! This looks so good and I can’t wait to make them!

  • These cupcakes look DELISH! Definitely need to try them soon haha xo, sharon

  • Kumbear_xo

    How lovely are these cupcakes? They almost look unreal they are so perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your little gem of a recipe!

    Kumbear Xo

  • This looks yummy as hell! Can’t wait to try it out myself. thanks for sharing xx

  • Oh my goodness I wish I could just reach into my screen and grab one for myself! They look absolutely scrumptious!

    Helen xx

  • Kathleen Brown

    Ethel M chocolate is the best ever. These cupcakes look wonderful and I can’t wait to try to make them.

  • They look so perfect, love chocolate muffins for Christmas and the decoration is nice as well xo

  • sandyalamode

    these photos are amazing and i want one for breakfast!!

  • oh my word these look so delicious! anything with coffee and chocolate is the way to my heart lol! I can’t wait to try making these for the Holidays!


  • Marissa Pedersen

    Cupcakes are my favorite, but I never thought of making them for the holidays! These look great.

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Cupcakes are my favorite, but I never thought of making them for the holidays! These look great.

  • Mary La Fornara

    I’m going to a Christmas breakfast this weekend and these cupcakes will be the perfect dessert to bring. Although, I just might eat all the espresso beans on the drive over. I love espresso beans!

  • Mommy Blogs It

    Oh my goodness these look AMAZING! My two favorite things… cupcakes and coffee. Can’t wait to try!

  • I love chocolate and espresso together! These look and sound perfect!

  • Erica Nicole

    These look incredible! I love that you incorporated coffee with dessert! Omgsh, just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

  • These look so delicious! Those chocolates sounds amazing!

  • Amanda K

    Such a cute setup! These look so delicious!

    Amanda ||

  • JeeYoung

    mmm looks yummy! espresso and choco!? what a combo!

  • Leah Hall

    I always love coffee and chocolate together! Yum!

  • Seriously Bella is there anything you can’t do? These look amazing! I’ll wait patiently until mine arrive in the mail!

  • These look so delish! I’m obsessed with all things chocolate so I’ll definitely need to check these out!

    Chow Down USA

  • Ashley

    Bella!! You literally make my mouth water every time you post food! Everything looks so good! These are no exception! You know we do live pretty close (ish)…I am always willing to be a taste tester! 🙂
    xo Ashley

  • Lauren

    Looks soo good! And that be naughty glass is amazing!


  • prettyandfun

    There is nothing better than a delicious cupcake, and THESE look amazing! I’m also a big fan of the coffee/chocolate flavor combination, so these cupcakes will definitely be in the works during the holiday season!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Bella these look divine!! I cannot wait to try!!

  • Coffee + Chocolate is always a great combo! Love that the chocolates are preservative free too!

  • Christine Martinez

    This look amazing! I’m always up for espresso anything! 🙂

  • Chocolate AND coffee? Two of my fave things in one great treat!

  • These look amazing! By the way, your photography skills are amazing! I’ve been really trying to make mine better. Do you have any tips?

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Holy cow! These cupcakes look delicious.

  • Chocolate espresso cupcakes?! Yummy! I don’t drink coffe but these look delish, I’m sure the instant coffee makes the combination with the chocolate “just right”. So excited to make this one!