Coffee Cupcakes for a Very Special Birthday


Surprise! Happy Birthday Tiffany! I’m throwing you a virtual surprise party complete with cupcakes, candles and stories about our childhood. (I promise I won’t tell the really embarrassing stories.)


Tiffany and I have known each other since first grade, which means we’ve had our fair share of birthday parties together. Tiffany always had the most amazing roller skating parties in grade school and junior high, complete with presents, pizza and desperate attempts to not to wipe out in front of the boys so you would still get asked out for the always-awkward couples’ skate.


In eighth grade, we had a group of friends who would celebrate birthdays together during the school day. On someone’s birthday, a couple of us would get to school early and decorate the birthday girl’s locker with wrapping paper, cards and fresh flowers.


Tiffany, if we lived in the same state right now, I’d take you out roller-skating and decorate your kitchen cabinets with wrapping paper as an ode to our younger years.


Since that’s not quite feasible, I wanted to at least share some decadent birthday cupcakes on the blog. I hope you like them! Happy Birthday!

Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 12 cupcakes
Adapted from this recipe

2 eggs
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons brewed strong coffee, cold
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, coffee, oil, vinegar and vanilla until fully incorporated. In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the coffee mixture, being sure not to over mix the ingredients.

Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full with the cupcake batter. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool. Once completely cooled, top with cream cheese frosting and crushed chocolate pieces.

3 tablespoons melted dark chocolate
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons strong coffee, cold
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Crushed chocolate pieces (optional)

In a large bowl, beat together the melted chocolate, butter and cream cheese. Gradually add the coffee and powdered sugar and mix until smooth. If the frosting is too runny, add additional powdered sugar. Spread frosting onto cupcakes and top with crushed chocolate pieces.

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  1. Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

    WOW! OH my goodness this is the sweetest thing in the world! Thank you SOOOO much Sarah! 😀 I’m so blessed to have you as a friend. I had almost forgotten about the birthday lockers and the always-awkward couples skate hahaha! Thank you for this AMAZING surprise!!! Those cupcakes look delicious, I think I’ll bake them today! 😀

  2. The couples skate made me laugh and these cupcakes look divine! What a great birthday blog suprise!

  3. Sweetest post ever! So glad I could join in on the surprise virtual birthday celebration and have one of those amazing cupcakes! Happy Birthday sweet Tiffany!


  4. This is SO sweet! I love the stories from your past! We need a picture of you guys from back in the day! Happy birthday sweet friend! Hope it’s a great day!

    • A picture from the past may just be way too scary. Tiffany and I have lived through some hilariously awkward junior high years, so there are plenty of pictures that should probably stay hidden. Haha 🙂

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIFFANY! And many more! I hope its a good one!

  6. What a super sweet bff you have!!! If you want, I can take you roller skating, but only if we can shoot the duck 🙂

    • I know I’d definitely wipe out trying to do that! Despite the many roller skating parties I’ve been to, I can still barely stay on my feet! 🙂

  7. That is super sweet! And the cupcakes look absolutely delicious!


  8. This looks so delicious, especially because I love coffee!

  9. Maggie M. says:

    Can you substitute the apple cider vinegar for white vinegar?

  10. I stumbled upon these cupcakes on and decided to make them tonight. They were really good! I made them exactly as directed, although I was a little skeptical of putting vinegar in cupcakes. But, you couldn’t even tell! It had a subtle coffee flavor and nice texture. I had to add quite a bit more powdered sugar to get the icing the right consistency, but it had great flavor. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for letting me know about the powdered sugar – good to know others have had to add more than the recipe originally indicated. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always exciting to read through content from other writers and use a little something from their websites.


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