Black Cocoa Cupcakes

A perfect party treat or after school snack! Our Black Cocoa Cupcakes blend the flavors of our PapaNicholas French Vanilla with deep, dark chocolate. A fun, delicious nibble for all the little goblins in your neighborhood!





Black Cocoa Cupcakes

  • ½ c. + 2 tbsp. black cocoa powder (60g)
  • 3 oz. freshly brewed PapaNicholas French Vanilla espresso (90g)
  • ¾ c. vegetable oil (150g)
  • 1 c. sugar (200g)
  • 2 eggs*
  • ½ c. + 2 tbsp. sour cream *(150g)
  • 1 ½ c. all purpose flour (180g)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt

*indicates ingredient should be at room temperature before starting 

Black Cocoa Buttercream

  • ¾ c.  unsalted butter (170g)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2½ c. powdered sugar (300g)
  • ¼ c. black cocoa powder (24g)
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • candy eye sprinkles, for decorating


Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line a muffin tin with 12 parchment liners. Start brewing PapaNicholas French Vanilla espresso.


Chocolate Cupcakes

Step 1: In a small bowl, whisk together the black cocoa powder and hot espresso until no lumps remain.

Step 2: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the vegetable oil, sugar, egg, sour cream, and cocoa-espresso mixture. Whisk the mixture together until well combined and smooth.

Step 3: Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together just until no flour streaks remain.

 Step 4: Distribute the cupcake batter evenly between the six liners. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Black Cocoa Buttercream

Step 1: In a small bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the butter and salt for 1 minute.

Step 2: Slowly beat in all of the powdered sugar until combined.

Step 3: Add in the cocoa powder and heavy cream. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. If the buttercream seems too thick, add in ~½ tbsp. heavy cream until the desired consistency is reached.

Step 4: Once the cupcakes have cooled, transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with your tip of choice. Frost the cupcakes, top with Halloween candy eye sprinkles.


Serve and Enjoy! Don’t forget to snap a pic & tag #papanicholascoffee

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