Cupcakes with Chocolate Coffee Frosting and Toasted Coconut
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A smooth and creamy frosting to spread over cupcakes and cake alike. Because after all, cupcakes are only the vehicle for the frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Frosting
Serves: Enough for one 9 inch cake or 1 dozen cupcakes
  • 4 ounces (½ a stick) cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter (that’s ¾ of a stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar, more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons cream, half and half, or milk.
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer (congratulations if it’s a kitchenaid, but try not to hurt my feelings by bragging about it too much) mix together all of the ingredients. Add more sugar until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. As you can see, my frosting is not dry enough for pretty designs. I ran out of powdered sugar and had to make do with slightly sloppy looking frosting.
  2. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes. The cupcakes must be completely cooled when you do this, otherwise the frosting will melt into the cupcakes and that would be gross.
  3. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, sprinkles, or nothing if you’re stingy.
Recipe by I Am Gluten Free at