For coffee-lovers, there's no better combination than our delicious Mocha Cupcakes topped off with our decadent Mocha Buttercream Icing recipe. Featuring a silky-smooth finish and a perfect texture, this buttercream icing recipe is ideal for piping on cupcakes. It strikes just the perfect balance of coffee flavor so it’s not too overwhelming. This mocha buttercream frosting is a great treat for any coffee fan in your life.
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate, instant coffee and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed; scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.