Chocolate espresso cupcake with Kahlua creme frosting

Being a blogger is one of the most fun jobs ever! I get to do one of my favorite things {create} and participate in challenges that allow me to think outside of the box.  I'm part of a group of extremely creative bloggers called the Wayfair homemakers and recently we were give the challenge to take a cocktail and create a cupcake out of it. One of my favorite drinks is a mudslide, mostly because it's like a chocolate milkshake with alcohol in it, don't judge. It's delicious. 

mudslide cupcakes

So I immediately thought, how can I make that into a yummy cupcake, and will it really be just as good as the cocktail. I did it and it is just as good, if not better than the cocktail! I know you are going to want to try it yourself!

mudslide and mudslide cupcakes

Chocolate espresso cupcake with Kahlua creme frosting


1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup coffee, cooled
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tins with cupcake liners. Beat together your butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Slowly pour in the buttermilk.

cupcake batter

I use a scoop to add the mixture into my cupcake liners. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

filling cupcake tins

While your cupcakes are cooling you can make your frosting.


8 oz bar of cream cheese, cold
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbs. Kahlua
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese and butter until blended. Mix in vanilla and Kahlua. Slowly add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is added whip the frosting until it's fluffy.

kahlua cream cheese frosting

 Before frosting your cucakes, poke 5-6 holes in the top of the cupcake with a toothpick. Add about 1/2 tsp. of Kahlua onto the top of your cupcake. The holes will soak it right in.

You can use a piping bag or spread your frosting however you want on top of your cupcakes.

cupcakes and mudslide

I sprinkled cocoa powder on top.

kahlua cupcakes

Whip up a mudslide and serve up some cupcakes and you have quite a treat!

kahlua cocktail and cupcakes

cupcake with cocoa powder

chocolate espresso cupcake with Kahlua cream cheese frosting
Enjoy! I know you are going to love them!
disclaimer: I wrote this post as part of a Wayfair homemakers campaign. 
All opinions are 100% my own. I did receive gift card compensation in exchange for this post.

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