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espresso frosting recipe

Espresso Frosting Recipe: The Easiest Coffee Buttercream

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 Cups 1x



1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)

2 cups vanilla-flavored powdered sugar

1 shot of espresso – or 2 teaspoons espresso powder

(optional) 1 tbsp heavy cream or mascarpone



a hand mixer


  1. Put the butter in a large bowl, and mash it with a fork to soften it. After that, turn on the hand mixer and beat at medium speed for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Incorporate the powdered sugar a little at a time. Keep mixing at medium-high speed.
  3. Add the espresso and mix until fully incorporated. If you decided to use mascarpone or heavy cream, add them now. If the buttercream becomes too stiff, add some more coffee.  
  4. Enjoy!


The butter must be at room temperature. For best results, take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before starting. 

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Whippes

Keywords: espresso buttercream frosting, coffee frosting, mocha frosting