Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

Its that time again. Time for our Secret Recipe Club Reveal and Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes filled with a Kahlua Creme Filling became my chocolate obsession for the month.

Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

I have to admit it.  I have two bottles of Kahlua in my liquor cabinet.  How that happened, I’ll never know! However, I decided it was time to put some of the Kahlua to use.  What goes better with chocolate than some coffee flavored liquor to enhance it some?  But I had to take it even further.  After the cupcakes were baked, I felt they were a little on the dry side.  How could I remedy it and still have cupcakes besides having someone drink a huge glass of milk with it?  Well, fill it with some Marshmallow filling – flavored with ….. you got it!  Kahlua!
I didn’t have any marshmallow creme in my pantry so I went on a quick web search and found over at Angie’s blog Big Bear’s Wife, a recipe for marshmallow creme that she made with marshmallows, corn syrup and milk.  I adapted her recipe to suit my needs for the filling.

Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes
Yeah.  I didn’t stop there either.  I made a Kahlua Buttercream Frosting to top it, dipped some coffee beans in some Chocoley Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate to decorate the top, then as if I didn’t take it too far already, I made some Kahlua syrup and drizzled that over the top!  Yeah.  I went to extreme lengths to make these cupcakes. Grumpy even commented that it was taking me all day to make them!  I never said that I don’t go a little crazy sometimes when I start to get ideas about food.
The cupcake recipe is on the blog Saturday Evening Pot and was shared by “The Lucky Wife” (sorry, I searched the blog but could not find a name to associate with the author).  It was made with Truvia.  I’m not adverse to Truvia, but I have never used it and as I have Splenda (bags and bags of it!) in my pantry, I went with that.  I replaced part of the milk with Kahlua to help enhance the chocolate flavor and used Almond milk rather than cow’s milk.  Other than that I didn’t make any other changes.  I’m not sure why they turned out a little on the dry side.  It could be I just over baked them so I would reduce my baking time by about 4 minutes next time around and maybe even go from almond milk to buttermilk.
Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

So, are you wondering what I did with the cake that I removed from the center of the cupcake?  Well, I made Bonbons!  I will be sharing that post with you soon as I used the Chocoley Dipping Chocolate to make the Bonbons.  Oh, are they ever so yummy!

Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

Please check out the links after the recipe post to see what all the other members of the Secret Recipe Club came up with this month!


Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 18
Chocolate cupcakes enhanced with Kahlua in the batter, filling, frosting and drizzle! Ingredients
  • For the cupcakes
  • 1 cup Splenda Sugar Blend
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Kahlua Marshmallow Filling:
  • 2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • Kahlua Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 1/2 butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Kahlua
  • To make the Kahlua Syrup:
  • 2/3 cup Kahlua
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  1. To make the cake: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of Kitchen-Aid (or large mixing bowl) Mix together the dry ingredients: Splenda Sugar Blend through salt. Set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, whisk together the Canola oil, eggs, milk, Kahlua, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  4. Scoop (about 1/4 cup of batter) into paper lined cupcake tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Make the filling: In a microwave safe bowl, mix marshmallows and corn syrup. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir to combine. Add powdered sugar and Kahlua.
  6. Cut a circle around the top of cupcake. Set the top aside and remove some of the cake filling from the center. Using a piping bag, pipe the marshmallow filling into cupcake and replace the circle top.
  7. To make the buttercream: Cream together shortening and butter. Add sugar and Kahlua and mix until creamy. Pipe on top of the cupcakes.
  8. To make the syrup for drizzle: Simmer on stovetop over medium heat in heavy bottomed pan, the Kahlua, water, and honey. Simmer until reduced by half and syrup thickens slightly (this will thicken more as it cools). Drizzle a small amount of syrup over top of the cupcake. Refrigerate until serving

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Mary Ellen May 6, 2014 at 12:59 am - Reply

    These look so good Shelby! I wish I had one right now…..

  2. Oh wow… these look like heaven!! Yum!

  3. Jennifer Johnson May 6, 2014 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I love that marshmallow and kahlua can be together!!

  4. anyonita green May 6, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    These cupcakes look insanely delicious! 🙂 Holy crap! I've got to go get some kahlua!

  5. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic May 6, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    These chocolate kahlua cupcakes look fantastic. I want to reach through the computer screen to grab one.

  6. Carlsbad Cravings May 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    WOW! These look incredible AND they have marshmallow filling?! Amazing!

  7. Sarah May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    these cupcakes sound so decadent and delicious!

  8. The Lucky Wife May 7, 2014 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Oh, THANK YOU for leaving your comment! I've been wondering who had our blog because I did not recognize any of the recipes linked as ours … because this one was from one of our sponsored posts! LOL Well, Truvia would be glad to see that! 🙂 They look so delicious!!!

  9. May 7, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Wow – how good do these look! I think I'd enjoy licking the spoon on that frosting. 🙂

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