Mocha Cupcakes with Speculoos Cream Cheese Frosting

Mocha cupcakes with dreamy, creamy Speculoos and cream cheese frosting

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So you all know when you have a scene like…

You are Googling recipes and you see a good one.ย You add them to your list and the next thing you know – you have a list of 5 km long. ๐Ÿ˜€ A never-ending list, I must admit.

Not only I have a long list of recipes to try, but also tried recipes ready to be shared. Goodies are long gone. Photos are about to “fade”. Draft post needs to be started. And my stories have faded away with time due to my laziness! But let me defend myself – I am not lazy! I just don’t have story to tell because I delayed my sharing of recipes. Why? Because I am lazy! Well, I guess it all comes down to me being lazy, eh? Okay, I admit. But not all the time. Believe me!

Going back to the the tried recipes – ย you know how I love Speculoos, yeah? It’s like I will do everything in my power to finish a jar in a day, but hellooo… how do I survive the next day if I finish them all in a day? Save some, Jhuls. Save some. For your own sake, please.

So instead of going all the way in one day, I did search recipes in which I could use a jar in about 2 or 3 recipes and could save the remaining all by myself – straight from the jar to my tummy. ๐Ÿ˜›

Hmm, what do you think of mocha cupcakes topped with a Speculoos cream cheese frosting? Not only cream cheese, people. It’sย Speculoos cream cheese. Did you hear me??

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The cookie butter and the cream cheese don’t overpower each other – you will get the best of both worlds. That creaminess and that mocha flavor in every bite – yum! But I must admit that I polished off some of the frosting before I ate the cupcake itself. ๐Ÿ˜€

For you, my friends at Fiesta Friday # 135, I made a batch especially for this event. As Angie, Suzanne and I are you hosts and co-hosts, please be assured that you will enjoy the party. Come and join us if you haven’t already. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mocha Speculoos Cupcakes with Speculoos Cream Cheese Frosting


For the Speculoos Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ยฝ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ยผ cup Speculoos

For the cupcakes:

  • Half a box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 ยฝ tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 large egg
  • ยฝ cup vegetable (or canola) oil
  • ยผ cup + 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • ยผ cup sour cream
  • ยฝ tsp vanilla extract


For the Speculoos Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a bowl, cream together cream cheese and Speculoos until well combined.
  2. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, sift cake mix and set aside.
  3. In a jug, combine egg, buttermilk, sour cream, vanilla extract and coffee mixture. Pour this mixture over the sifted cake mix while mixing, but do not overmix.
  4. Fill cupcake liners until ยพ full.
  5. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Source recipe: Mocha Speculoos Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake


  • You can adjust the amount of frosting, depending on how frosting lover you are. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • This recipe will make 12-14 cupcakes


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Weekends are great when you open your fridge and you find some amazing cupcakes. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you try and enjoy this as much as I did!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and happy Fiesta Friday!


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69 thoughts on “Mocha Cupcakes with Speculoos Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Oh I can so identify with that rather looong list of recipes I want to try! I have a spreadsheet for them, my list is so long! These sound so delicious and look so pretty! Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare! Eb x

  2. Hi Jhuls, These cupcakes sound so yummy! I’m unfamiliar with Speculoos but will have to go to Trader Joe’s as my “cookie monster” husband would probably love this! I love anything with coffee flavoring so I’m sure I’d like it, too! Thanks for sharing this. Pinning. Blessings, Janet

  3. These look incredible – and I bet I could eat that Speculoos cream cheese frosting by the spoonful! And I doubt you’re actually lazy…I think you just needed some down time! At least, that’s what I tell myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. What delicious sounding cupcakes Jhuls! The icing sounds really delicious, and a simple memory to keep in mind… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ah, and I know exactly what you mean about having recipes waiting to be shared! I usually write up my recipes and upload the photos into a draft, and then I let it sit for a few months. When I finally go back to it, I have no idea what to write for a story! But Jhuls, this made for a very good story for this post! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Haha! I am glad I am not alone. I always try to make a draft as soon as I finish cooking/baking, but I delete it after a few days. So I am lost again. Thanks for stopping by, Laurie. x

  5. Those cupcakes are spectacular Jhuls! You have piped the tops so beautifully! I can totally relate to that 5 mile long list of recipes to try.
    Thank you so much for co-hosting FF!

    1. My hand was shaking when I was doing the frosting – I think I haven’t pipe in quite a while. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for your lovey comment, Sandhya. I hope you are having fun at the party. x

      1. Wow! No one can tellthat your hand was shaking, Jhuls. Yes I am enjoying the party! FF parties are so much fun….and the talent always blows me away.

    1. I find cookie butter weird the first time I heard about it, but I thought I’d love it since it’s made from cookies. I was glad that I tried it and we have a good relationship until now. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Nancy. Have a fab week ahead. x

    1. Thanks a lot. Cookie butter has been my favorite since the first time I tried it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely week ahead. x

  6. What a smooth looking cupcake Jhuls, love how you’ve piped the top. Cupcakes sure is the rage these days and I’m sure these wouldn’t last long at my place. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for co-hosting, you always do such a wonderful job! Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Piping is not one of my best traits, but I am glad you appreciate the frosting, Loretta. The cupcake itself lasted longer than the frosting. You know, I ate the frosting all by itself. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful week ahead. x

    1. Yes, you can get them online, Ai. I am glad that you are interested to try Speculoos. It’s really great. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fun week ahead. x

  7. I have to tell you that I’ve never had speculoos before. The reason is because I’m afraid of it. Actually I’m afraid that I would put a spoon in the jar and never stop until I’m trying to figure out how to lick the bottom clean. Now, I may have a way to get some and share too. Beautiful cupcakes! Thank you Jhuls for co-hosting this week, and I doubt you are lazy!

    1. That was problem with Nutella, too – how can I lick the bottom of the jar?? My solution – place warm milk and shake until the Nutella is melted. Transfer to a glass and drink. In the cake of cookie butter, since I love it with oat drink, I pour milk (not too hot) and place small amount of quick cooking oats – I shake it until cookie butter is melted and transfer to a mug. And tada… I get myself a cookie butter flavored oat drink. ๐Ÿ˜€ Back to the cupcakes, these were indeed really rich and good. Thanks a lot, Julie. x

  8. Jhuls, I completely agree with you on the recipe list to try! I’m like that too, jotting down loads of them, trying many and not updating them in my blog… yes, it is the same story. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those cupcakes are surely drool-worthy! I’m going to look for a jar of Speculoos next!

    1. It’s crazy and fun at the same time, but when you look for something you want to try, you just want to try them all. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much, Apsara. Glad you liked the cupcakes. x

  9. This looks so delicious, Jhuls, but where in the world can we buy the Speculoos Butter? I have never seen this! Also, thanks so much for co-hosting today! We always appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. First of all thanks for co-hosting @Fiesta Friday
    Second, I am going to make it priority to head over to Trader Joes and pick up a jar of Speculoos!
    Sounds fantastic!

  11. Heh, you should see my food Pinterest board Jhuls. Soooo many untried recipes I have yet to get to. I will get through them all eventually–at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

    Whoa! The combination of speculoos and coffee sounds amazing! Thanks to you, I’m now adding yet ANOTHER recipe on my list of ones to try. So thanks for that…I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I am on MIA status at Pinterest because I can’t just stopping pinning. It’s like I can pin all day. Haha! I am running out of tried recipes to share and I am expecting to cross off some. But saving recipes is faster and easier than making them, yeah? So let’s save and save and yes, eventually, we’ll cross some off. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Jess! I am glad you liked these. Happy FF! x

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