Frog Cupcake Recipe

Here are the ingredients that you need in order to make these cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup hot water (180g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso or coffee (3g)
  • 1/3 cup milk or dark chocolate chips, melted (60g)
  • 1/3 cup black cocoa powder (30g)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature (114g)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (75g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4g)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (4g)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (98g)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (3g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (2g)

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature (226g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (2g)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (375g)
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream (15g)
  • Green gel food coloring


Here are the instructions that you need to follow in order to complete this recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175 C. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Pour 3/4 cup of hot water into a large bowl. Mix in 1 1/2 tsp of coffee or espresso powder, and stir lightly until dissolved.
  3. Add 1/3 cup melted chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of black cocoa powder. Whisk together until the ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Whisk 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp vinegar into the cocoa mixture.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients into the chocolate espresso mixture, and whisk until just combined. The batter will be thin, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full, and bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Allow cupcakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. Or if you’re in a rush, place in the freezer for 15 minutes to accelerate the cooling process.
  8. Beat 1 cup of room temperature butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth.
  9. Color the buttercream with gel food coloring, and scoop 1/2 cup of frosting into a small piping bag fit with a round piping tip.
  10. Add more green gel food coloring to the remaining frosting to make it a deeper shade of green. Add in 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix on a medium-low speed until combined.
  11. Slowly mix in 3 cups of powdered sugar on a low speed. Half way through add in 1 Tbsp of heavy cream to make the frosting easier to mix.