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    Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting Recipe

    Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting Recipe

    by Alex Brecher June 23, 2023

    A delicious and easy frosting is a valuable thing to have in your repertoire, and this one meets the criteria. It’s not just sweet and creamy, like a great frosting. It has a delicious addition of cocoa and coffee, and not just any coffee. When you use Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee, you get a frosting with complex flavors that can complement a wide range of delicious baked goods. Here’s the recipe!

    Flavors in Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting

    This frosting doesn’t just have the potential to make your baked goods look amazing. It has a beautiful flavor profile, too. These are the ingredients and flavors in the frosting.

    • Butter - you can choose whether to use salted or unsalted butter. 
    • Powdered Sugar - the recipe is sweet, but not overly sweet. 
    • Cocoa - there’s just a bit of baking cocoa, or unsweetened cocoa, to give it a richer flavor and darker color. Use dutched, or alkaline, cocoa to keep the recipe lower in acid.
    • Low-Acid Coffee - when you use Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee - French Roast, you’ll get a blend of flavors such as nuts, vanilla, and chocolate. It also contributes to the dark color.

    Be sure to brew the coffee as strong as possible to get more of a flavor from it.

    Variations of Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting

    The recipe is great as is, but here are a few ways to alter low-acid coffee butter frosting for you to experiment with.

    • Mix in coffee grinds for additional coffee flavor
    • Blend in chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips
    • Add vanilla for a richer flavor
    • Double the cocoa for a more chocolatey frosting
    • Mix in orange or lemon zest
    • Add a bit of sea salt or kosher salt to give it a less sweet taste

    See which versions you love the most!

    How to Use Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting

    This recipe makes enough frosting to frost and fill a 9-inch layer cake or to frost 18 to 24 cupcakes. You can double or halve the recipe as needed. It’s great for white and yellow cakes and cupcakes, lemon cake, banana bread, and thick cookies with a cream cheese or butter-based batter.

    You can make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge, or you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    Recipe for Low-Acid Coffee Butter Frosting

    Makes 24 servings (4 cups)


    • 3 cups of powdered sugar, or more if needed
    • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ⅔ cup of unsalted or salted butter
    • 3 tablespoons of Alex’s Low-Acid Organic Coffee


    1. Gently blend the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in a small or medium bowl. 
    2. In a medium to large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium until the butter is creamy. 
    3. Continuing to beat on low, gradually add the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture, continuing to beat and blend after each addition. 
    4. Add the coffee and continue to beat. Add extra powdered sugar or coffee as needed to adjust the texture. 
    5. Turn off the mixer and store the frosting in an airtight container or use it to frost baked goods. 
    6. Serve and enjoy!

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