Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Made With Ambiance Coffee

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Made With Ambiance Coffee

I was recently challenged to make a non-drink recipe using coffee.  As you may know, I already use coffee in my chocolate pudding recipe but I had not used it in anything else. The first idea that came to mind was to alter the chocolate cake recipe that I make and substitute hot brewed coffee for the boiled water the recipe calls for. I took myself down to Smart and Final for some Ambiance coffee. I had the kiddos with me and as you can see they were a little too crazy to be in a store!  You can see my shopping story here.

When I saw that Ambiance coffee comes in hazelnut flavor I was excited because I knew that the hazelnut flavor would be perfect for the cupcakes. I was right. These turned out so good that I only frosted a few of them for the kids and we ate the rest plain!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot, freshly brewed Ambiance Hazelnut Coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with paper baking cups.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing  bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla to mixing bowl.
  4. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in coffee. The batter will be thin and that’s okay!
  6. Pour batter into cupcake cups.
  7. Bake 20-22 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire racks and cool completely.
  9. Frost with your favorite frosting. These are strong cupcakes so you might want to stick with vanilla buttercream.
The coffee tastes great in cupcakes, but you my be wondering how it tastes on its own.  I am drinking a cup right now and this tea drinker loves this hazelnut Ambiance coffee.  It is delicious!
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  1. Debra Givens-Wagner says

    my my my they look so tasty1 Cant wait to make some of my own!

  2. Oh. My. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These cupcakes sound so good! Thanks for the recipe. Drop by & link up your recipes, crafts…sometime.

  4. wow these cupcakes sound so yummy I can hardly wait to try them!!!

  5. Yummy these Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes Made With Ambiance Coffee look great ty.

  6. Kristie Betts says

    We have a house full of chocolate lovers and let me tell you this looks absoultly yummy, I have written down the Ingredients and bookmarked this page we’re trying this 🙂


  7. I’m a huge cupcake lover! I make them atleast once a week.:) But I’ve never heard of this recipe, I’ll have to add it to my recipe book!As a belgian I crave chocolate, Lol!

  8. I’m a huge cupcake lover! I make them atleast once a week.:) But I’ve never heard of this recipe, I’ll have to add it to my recipe book!As a belgian I crave chocolate, Lol!

  9. I’m not usually a fan of cake or cupcakes, but I love coffee and hazelnut and chocolate. I don’t think I can miss with these. 🙂

  10. Looks so delicious. Could imagine the aroma they give out when baking.

  11. Never heard of using coffee. I heard of instant coffee in mixes but this sounds very interesting and I will try it.

  12. Nena Sinclair says

    This sounds delicious! I give gift baskets of homemade goodies to my friends every Christmas and this would make a great addition! All my friends are coffee lovers! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. These look so scrumptious!

  14. Veronica Hay says

    These look so good!! I love a good cupcake 🙂

  15. Renata Lopes says

    This should be very tasty.

  16. Bill Elliott says

    These cupcakes looks very very tasty and easy to make. I love chocolate and hazelnut so it has to be great. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. Sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  18. Holly Trudeau says

    Great recipe! My husband lovesss coffee & I am always looking for new ways to incoporate it into deserts/meals. Will give this one a go! 🙂


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