Coffee has to be one of the most amazing things on the planet. Seriously. I have never been a morning person, and so I’m not really sure what I would do without coffee to help give be a bit of a boost. But beyond that, the flavor is just outstanding (provided you add in a bit of cream and sugar!) with sweet desserts in the afternoon. So, obviously, coffee frosting is one of the best things ever invented. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with coffee and cake.
I actually came up with this recipe for a pumpkin spice latte cake I created for a dessert competition at work. Check it out below:
The pumpkins were made with just a basic candy clay, and the cake itself is just a regular pumpkin spice cake. But the frosting—heavenly! I don’t actually enjoy frosting very much, and certainly not by itself… but I couldn’t stop eating this stuff! I finally had to throw away the rest for fear I’d just devour it all and make myself sick. It’s seriously that delicious.
Also, as a disclaimer, I actually didn’t really measure out the ingredients very well (oops) and did the dump-and-taste method… so you may need to adjust your measurements to taste.
Anyway, here’s the recipe:
- 1½ cup unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ⅛ cup french vanilla coffee creamer*
- 4 Tbsp instant coffee**
- cold water
- Mix the butter, powdered sugar, and creamer together with an electric mixer until combined.
- In a separate bowl, make a syrup out of the instant coffee and water, stirring until no lumps remain.***
- Add the coffee to the icing
- Turn the mixer on high and beat several minutes or until the frosting begins to be fluffy. Add more sugar and coffee to taste.
** More coffee will result in a stronger taste
*** Be very cautious with the water! You don't need as much as you think. The goal is to have it be slightly thicker than maple syrup.
While I put this on a pumpkin spice cake (and the outcome is delicious!) it would be good on any number of dishes, including carrot cake, apple spice cake, and even a chocolate cake for a mocha flavor!
Make sure to leave a comment with how you’re going to use it below!! Happy baking!