Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes

This is the week of my sister’s birthday and I am excited!! πŸ™‚ So, we decided to give her a full week of celebration! Today I made Micah Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes!!

Chocolate pound cake, beneath a layer of coffee, caramel, ganache, and salted caramel frosting. Top it off with a caramel drizzle and you have a cupcake that is likely to knock you out! Yes, I know. VERY RICH! Don’t try to eat the whole cupcake in one setting without an entire pot of coffee. πŸ˜‰ And don’t let the layers intimidate you. The preparation really isn’t time-consuming at all!

I used 8oz disposable coffee cups(un-waxed, paper cups. Not plastic!) but you can use coffee mugs or muffin cups! πŸ™‚

Original Recipe makes 13 rather large cupcakes!


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 8oz coffee cups. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the dissolved coffee and buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

After cakes have cooled, add latte layer. Latte Layer:

  • 1 pkg cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 cups powder sugar
  1. Beat all ingredients on high until light and fluffy!
  2. Spread evenly over each cupcake.

Next spread 3/4 cup caramel evenly over all 13 cupcakes.

Then Ganache:

  • 8oz Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Place chocolate chips and vanilla in a heat proof bowl
  2. Bring butter and heavy cream to a boil. Then pour over chocolate chips and allow to set for about 4 minutes.
  3. Whist until smooth and pour evenly over cupcakes!

Now it’s time for the icing!

  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 pkg softened cream cheese
  • 4-5 cups powder sugar
  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. Pour in the salt & caramel. Beat until combined.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar, and beat for a few minutes until really light and fluffy. Pipe over Ganache!

Last thing to do is drizzle with caramel, find 13 hungry friends, and enjoy!! πŸ™‚


0 thoughts on “Salted Caramel Mocha Cupcakes

  1. chewygooeyheaven says:

    Heavenly!!! I love how you have presented it in colorful plastic cups. I especially like how the chocolate is oozing out of the first pic,I totally want to pluck it out of your blog and eat it πŸ™‚

  2. somethingsage says:

    So where did you get the cute cups? This looks over-the-top amazing. I think the Ancient Ones would think I was trying to kill them if I served this to them. Might have to wait for company. πŸ™‚

  3. shadowlilies says:

    I think I’m too ancient to enjoy this one…:( But the photos are beautiful and I will take delight knowing that all you young ones are having a great time relishing each bite. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your youth!!!

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