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Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

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I don’t mean to brag – but I’m already done with my Christmas shopping! This is actually the first time EVER I’ve been done so early, and I’m ready to relax and enjoy the holiday season.

I had a little bit of help this year, and we’re sharing some helpful tips with you too!  Our friends at Starbucks have teamed up with Lindt with some perfect pairings of coffee and chocolate that make great gifts this holiday season! (I mean – who wouldn’t love a gift of rich and delicious Starbucks coffee and Lindt chocolate?)

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

Target carries a wide variety of Starbucks coffees and teas, as well as Lindt LINDOR Chocolates (including some Limited Edition holiday favorites) so you’re sure to find a #StarbucksPerfectPairing for everyone on your gift list – and for your own holiday entertaining.

Here are some of our favorites:

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Caffé Latte K-Cups and Lindt LINDOR Peppermint Cookie Milk Chocolate Truffles.

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

Starbucks Holiday Blend with Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

VIA Peppermint Mocha and Lindt LINDOR Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

And for the tea lovers on your list –

Tazo Chai Classic Latte Concentrate and Lindt LINDOR Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

As you wrap up your #StarbucksPerfectPairing, include a cute holiday-themed mug or an insulated travel mug in a festive pattern to complete your gift! I bought all of the Starbucks and Lindt  products and the holiday supplies you see in the photos above at my local Target. (You can shop online at too.)

And to help you save a little money this holiday season, Target has some great in-store offers of Starbucks and Lindt products. Click here for all of the details.

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

And, by the way – coffee and chocolate is a great flavor pairing when you’re baking for the holidays too! Our Mocha Cupcakes are easy and delicious. Just mix up your favorite chocolate cake mix – but swap in some brewed Starbucks coffee in place of water in the recipe and you’ll end up with a delicious mocha cupcake.

The frosting on these Mocha Cupcakes is also flavored with Starbucks coffee – and a Lindt LINDOR chocolate truffle is the perfect decoration on top!

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Mocha Cupcakes - A Family Feast

Mocha Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes



  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix, 15.25 ounce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup strong brewed Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee


  • 1 cup sweet cream butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup extra strong brewed Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract


  • 24 Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Chocolate Truffles (or other favorite flavor)
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix the cake mix, eggs, canola oil, and Starbucks coffee then beat on medium speed for two minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line 24 muffin tin cups with muffin paper and equally fill each cup with the batter.
  4. Bake for 18-21 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Remove to a rack to cool.
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, make frosting by placing butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until the butter is creamy and pale in color, 1-2 minutes.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift confectioner’s sugar and cocoa together.
  7. With mixer running on slow, alternate adding powdered sugar mixture, brewed Starbucks coffee and coffee extract.
  8. Scrape the bowl then beat until creamy, about another minute. Scrape the bowl and paddle again and mix to combine.
  9. Fill a large pastry bag with a large star tip with the icing and divide between the 24 cupcakes by piping a decorative circle of frosting starting from outside and finishing in the center.
  10. Place a Lindt LINDOR truffle into the center of each and then sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles over the top and serve.

Mocha Cupcakes recipe and gift giving ideas for the holidays including #StarbucksPerfectPairings

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  • Maria wrote:

    Hello Martha!
    What a great looking cupcakes! They look absolutely delicious!
    I will definitely have them for family visitors ” Coffe Lovers ” coming this Christmas! As always, thanks for sharing such idea 😊👌🏼

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Maria! 🙂

  • Linda R wrote:

    Now these cupcakes look yummy! I so wish I was finished shopping, good intentions every year to be finished by Thanksgiving. Not going to happen this year.
    I made Kathy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake today to share with 2 military families we love and have taken under our wing.
    One Dad deployed today, and will be gone during Christmas, so sad.
    I truly believe sharing food is one of the best ways to show love, as you and Jack do with each post.

    • Martha wrote:

      How nice of you to help those families Linda! Our servicemen and women (and their families) make such great sacrifices for all of us. I hope they enjoy the cakes! I hope the rest of your holiday shopping isn’t too stressful! 🙂 Martha

  • Stephanie wrote:

    You can never go wrong with coffee & chocolate. Those cupcakes look scrumptious! I think you just gave me the recipe for my co-worker’s birthday cake this week! I too have my Christmas shopping done – thrilled. Now I just have to wrap everything. Merry Christmas to you & yours!

    • Martha wrote:

      Merry Christmas to you too Stephanie! I don’t know what to do with all of my spare time – I’m usually so busy running around this time of year! 🙂 Hope you (and the birthday girl/boy) enjoy the cupcakes!

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    I would totally pat yourself on the back for being done with your Christmas shopping. I’m still trying to get Hatchimals. I guess I was late to that train. Love all the richness of Christmas, as in flavor! Chocolate never seems to get old either.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Laura – I’m thankful that my daughter has shown no interest in Hatchimals! Hope you are successful in finding one (at a reasonable price…)! Have a great holiday!

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