Gifts in a Jar: Mocha Cupcakes. Homemade chocolate cake mix recipe made with coffee make delicious moist mocha cake.

Gifts in a Jar: Mocha Cupcakes for #Choctoberfest

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Choctoberfest continues today with a third recipe that can be made with our Gifts in a Jar: Chocolate Cake Mix. This time we have Mocha Cupcakes.

Gifts in a Jar: Mocha Cupcakes. Homemade chocolate cake mix recipe made with coffee make delicious moist mocha cake.

Find out more about Choctoberfest

Choctoberfest is a two week celebration of all things chocolate organized by Allison at PinterTest Kitchen. We have almost 70 bloggers posting recipes made with chocolate: everything from drinks to main courses to desserts. Plus we have a $350 prize package we are raffling off this Friday. So hop over to this post for 20 of my favorite chocolate recipes plus all of the details on the other bloggers and to enter the giveaway.

 Mocha cupcakes made with Caveman Coffee

Caveman Coffee is the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted.

No lie. No hyperbole. That was my first thought when I tasted the coffee. And every cup I have made since I have felt the same. Each and every coffee bean in the picture above was carefully accounted for to make sure not a single one was wasted.

According to Caveman Coffee’s website:

Each bean is grown under the UTZ certification and Rainforest alliance protocols for sustainability and natural growing practices. No pesticides are ever used on the plants, and they are watered by nature alone. They are hand picked, only when ripe, and wet-processed for drying. This process produces the highest quality dried beans for roasting.

Thank you, Caveman Coffee for sponsoring our Choctoberfest Giveaway (ends on Friday night so get over there and enter already!)


Let’s talk cupcakes

This recipe uses the Cake Mix in a Jar I posted the other day but it is made with one very strong cup of coffee. You can get a printable version of the instructions here to attach to the jar.

I actually boiled 1 1/4 cups of coffee down to 1 cup to make it really strong. Then I topped them with a simple chocolate butter cream and sprinkles, because everyone loves sprinkles!


Mocha Cupcakes

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Gifts in a Jar: Mocha Cupcakes. Homemade chocolate cake mix recipe made with coffee make delicious moist mocha cake.


  • 1 jar homemade chocolate cake mix
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup very strong brewed coffee


The jar of cake mix referred to in the recipe is our homemade Chocolate Cake Mix in a Jar. To prepare the jar, layer the ingredients in order in a 1 quart mason jar and attach the baking instructions (printable version here)

2 cups sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with wrappers.
Stir together the ingredients of the jar. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in hot coffee (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.



And here are some of the recipes from the other Choctoberfest Bloggers:

Until next time, happy eating.

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