Mocha Java Frosting

This is a simple frosting that adults really appreciate because it is not as sweet or as greasy as store-bought frosting.

Makes enough to frost one 13×9 cake or 24 cupcakes.


  • 2 and 1/2 cups of powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1/4cup cocoa powder
  • 1 shot espresso (1 ounce), lukewarm or room temperature
  • 1/3cup of butter, softened (a little less than one stick).
  • 1 tablespoon of milk (you may substitute with soy milk, if you prefer)


Beat the ingredients in a medium sized bowl with an electric mixer set on the lowest setting, until the frosting is well blended and smooth. Put the frosting in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes so that it will stiffen slightly. This will make it the proper consistency for spreading.

This frosting works best with a plain vanilla or plain chocolate cake.