Delicious and Easy Cappuccino Cake Recipe

Welcome coffee lovers! Today, I am going to share with you the ultimate treat for your taste buds – the cappuccino cake recipe. This cake is the perfect combination of rich coffee flavor with a dash of cocoa powder and Baileys Irish Cream. Trust me, once you try this cake, you won’t be able to resist coming back for more.

I have been a barista for years now and let me tell you, I have seen enough coffee lovers who are always looking for something new and exciting in their coffee drinks. The cappuccino cake is a great way to experiment with the flavors of coffee and make your sweet tooth happy at the same time.

The cappuccino cake recipe is nothing short of amazing. It is layered with cream cheese frosting, cocoa powder, and topped with walnuts that add an extra crunch to every bite. You can also go for variations with this recipe by substituting cocoa powder with chocolate chips, mocha or caramel, depending on your taste preferences.

So whether it’s a special occasion or simply craving something sweet and indulgent, give this recipe a try and prepare to be amazed. The cappuccino cake recipe will surely become a favorite among your family members and friends alike.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cappuccino Cakes
Cappuccino Cakes

Are you looking for a new cake recipe that will elevate your coffee breaks to the next level? Look no further than this cappuccino cake recipe. This dessert is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while still providing a rich and robust coffee flavor.

This cake is not your average dessert; it’s moist, tender, and packed with delicious flavors. One of the key ingredients that make this cake extra special is Baileys Irish Cream, which gives it a creamy texture and unique flavor. Another essential ingredient is cocoa powder, which enhances the chocolate flavor and provides a velvety texture.

If you love coffee and chocolate, then you’ll be in heaven with this recipe! Each bite has a perfect balance of flavors and is bound to leave you feeling satisfied. The cappuccino frosting adds an extra layer of creaminess and taste, plus it’s easy to make!

Furthermore, this recipe offers versatility in terms of substitutions and variations. You can make modifications depending on your dietary needs or simply adjust the recipe to create different flavors. You can swap out the instant espresso powder for mocha or caramel to switch up the flavors while still keeping the richness intact.

Spice up your coffee time with a slice (or two) of this decadent cappuccino cake. Your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Savory and sweet creamy cappuccino cakes to fulfill your coffee cravings
Savory and sweet creamy cappuccino cakes to fulfill your coffee cravings

For the Cappuccino Cake:

  • 225 grams self-raising flour
  • 225 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 225 grams caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Cappuccino Frosting:

  • 250g pack butter, softened
  • 500g pack icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder mixed with a little hot water to dissolve

For Serving (optional):

  • Whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder or grated chocolate

The Cappuccino Cakes Recipe requires a list of ingredients that can be easily found in any well-stocked kitchen or nearby grocery store. The ingredient list can be broken down into two main parts: the cappuccino cake and the cappuccino frosting. For this recipe, I recommend using high-quality ingredients to get the best results.

To make the perfect cappuccino cake, we will need self-raising flour, unsalted butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, Baileys Irish Cream (optional), instant espresso powder (dissolved in hot water), and baking powder. The cake is light and fluffy with a subtle coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich and creamy cappuccino frosting.

The cappuccino frosting is made with butter (softened), icing sugar, instant coffee powder (dissolved in hot water), and cocoa powder mixed with a little hot water to dissolve. This frosting is creamy and delicious and complements the texture of the cake perfectly.

For serving, you can add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle cocoa powder or grated chocolate over the top for a decadent touch.

The Recipe How-To

 These tiny cakes pack a flavor punch with a luscious espresso buttercream frosting
These tiny cakes pack a flavor punch with a luscious espresso buttercream frosting

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let’s move on to the exciting part, making the cappuccino cake! Follow these simple steps to make a delectable and moist cappuccino cake:

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease your cake tins.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, mix together self-raising flour, caster sugar, and baking powder. Stir in cocoa powder until just combined.

Step 3: Add Wet Ingredients & Make Batter

Add in the softened unsalted butter, eggs, Baileys Irish Cream, milk followed by 3 tablespoon of Instant Espresso Powder. Beat until well combined to form a smooth batter.

Step 4: Divide the Batter into Tins

Divide the batter equally between two or three lined baking tins (depending on how many layers you want for your cake). Level off with spatula.

Step 5: Bake Your Cake

Bake the cakes for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Once done, set them aside to cool before frosting them with cappuccino frosting.

Optional Step: Toasted Walnuts Topping

If you want to add some extra flair to your cake, toast some chopped walnuts in a pan on medium heat until fragrant and then spread over the top layer(s) of your cake.

Enjoy your delicious homemade cappuccino cake that will surely impress everyone at any gathering!

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a sip of coffee between bites and enhance the taste of your cappuccino cakes
Take a sip of coffee between bites and enhance the taste of your cappuccino cakes

When it comes to baking, it’s always good to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to make the recipe unique and personalized. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try on this cappuccino cake recipe:

1. Baileys Irish Cream – If you’re not a fan of Baileys, or if you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute it with milk or cream.

2. Cocoa Powder – You can use chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder to add some texture to the cake.

3. Flour – The recipe calls for self-raising flour, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt.

4. Sugar – You can swap caster sugar with granulated sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar for a healthier option.

5. Butter – If unsalted butter is not available, you can use salted butter but reduce the amount of salt in the recipe.

6. Espresso Powder – If you don’t have instant espresso powder, use instant coffee or brewed coffee instead.

7. Cappuccino Frosting – Instead of cappuccino frosting, you can try mocha, caramel, or chocolate frosting to complement the coffee flavor of the cake.

8. Gluten-Free Version – For a gluten-free version of this cake, use a gluten-free self-raising flour blend and substitute regular flour with almond flour or coconut flour.

Remember that these substitutions and variations may slightly alter the taste and texture of the cake from the original recipe ingredients. But as long as you keep experimenting and trying new things, there’s always room for improvement in your baking skills!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect treat for your morning cup companion, or a little pick-me-up during the day
The perfect treat for your morning cup companion, or a little pick-me-up during the day

Now, let’s talk about serving and pairing your cappuccino cakes. These delightful treats are perfect for any occasion, from a cozy family breakfast to an elegant dinner party.

When it comes to serving, you can get creative with your presentation. Sprinkle some icing sugar or cocoa powder on top of your cakes for an extra touch of sweetness, or drizzle some Baileys Irish Cream on top for a boozy kick. You could even turn them into a decadent layered cake by stacking them up with some cappuccino frosting in between the layers.

As for pairing, these cakes go great with a variety of beverages. Sip on a hot cup of cappuccino for the ultimate coffee experience or indulge in a mocha or caramel latte for a sweet and indulgent treat. If you’re looking for something lighter, try pairing your cake with some tea or milk.

For a complete breakfast or brunch spread, serve your cakes alongside some fresh fruit and yogurt or eggs and bacon. Or, if you want to keep things simple, enjoy them on their own as a delicious snack.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your cappuccino cakes, one thing is for sure – they’re guaranteed to impress and satisfy any sweet tooth.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Indulge in the fluffy goodness topped with dark chocolate shavings and cinnamon powder
Indulge in the fluffy goodness topped with dark chocolate shavings and cinnamon powder

As a barista, I know how important it is to plan ahead when preparing food and beverages. When it comes to these delectable cappuccino cakes, they can be made ahead of time and stored until needed. Simply follow the recipe instructions and let the cakes cool down completely before wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Pop them in the fridge for up to three days or freeze them for up to three months.

When reheating, make sure you remove any plastic wrap or foil from the cake, then place it in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through. If desired, you can also warm up individual pieces in the microwave on high for 20-30 seconds.

To keep your cappuccino cakes fresh for longer, store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to two days, but be sure to use a layer of parchment paper between the cakes to avoid sticking together.

If you plan on serving these cakes at parties and events, I recommend making them the day before the event and giving yourself plenty of time to decorate as needed. These cappuccino cakes are always a crowd pleaser and make an excellent addition to any dessert table.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Bite into the moist sponge cake and let the coffee aroma fill your senses
Bite into the moist sponge cake and let the coffee aroma fill your senses

Achieving the perfect cappuccino cake can be a bit tricky, but don’t worry, I’ve got some tips that can make all the difference.

Firstly, when making the cake batter, be sure not to overmix it. This will create a tough, chewy texture that nobody wants in their cake. Instead, mix until just combined and make sure to use room temperature ingredients.

Secondly, when baking the cakes, you’ll want to check them frequently to avoid over or under baking. This will depend on your oven and altitude. A great way to ensure even baking is to rotate the pans halfway through baking.

Next up, when making the frosting, be sure to soften your cream cheese and butter beforehand. Cold ingredients will result in clumpy frosting. Once mixed together, let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Additionally, if you want an extra punch of flavor in your cappuccino cake recipe, consider adding Baileys Irish Cream to your frosting or even to the cake batter itself! It adds a delicious and unique twist that everyone will love.

Finally, don’t shy away from experimenting with different variations of this recipe. You can swap out the cocoa powder for instant coffee or espresso powder to create a mocha-flavored cake; drizzle caramel sauce on top for an extra sweet touch; or add in chocolate chips or toasted walnuts for a bit of crunch.

With these tips in mind and a willingness to get creative with variations, you’ll have a delectably moist and flavorful cappuccino cake that is sure to impress anyone who tries it!


I understand that making cakes could be overwhelming sometimes. It’s natural to have questions when it comes to baking something new. In this section, I will answer frequently asked questions you may have about the cappuccino cake recipe. So, let’s clear up any doubts you might have and make sure your cappuccino cake turns out perfectly delicious!

What is cappuccino cake made of?

For this recipe, we will need a 250g pack of softened butter, 250g of light soft brown sugar (plus an additional 2-3 tablespoons), 300g of self-raising flour, 4 beaten eggs, 50g of chopped and toasted walnuts (optional), and 200ml of cooled very strong coffee (made fresh or with instant).

What ingredients makes cakes fluffy?

Creaming butter and sugar together is the crucial first step in making a fluffy cake. This is because butter has the ability to hold air, and during the creaming process, the butter traps that air. Without properly creamed butter, there won’t be any air left to expand and create a light and fluffy cake.

What makes coffee cake different?

Coffee cake, also known as kaffekuchen, is a scrumptious cake that features a deliciously sweet and cinnamon-infused flavor. This single-layer cake is topped with a streusel made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and butter. It can also have layers of streusel inside the cake. Additionally, fruit variations like blueberry are quite popular.

How do you make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To make a flavorful coffee and walnut cake, you will need some softened unsalted butter for greasing the baking tin. Measure 100g of caster sugar and add it to a mixing bowl along with 2 large, free-range eggs. Sift in 100g of self-raising flour and add a level teaspoon of baking powder. Stir everything together until it is well combined before folding in 50g of chopped walnuts. Lastly, add a tablespoon of coffee essence to the mixture and mix well.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cappuccino cake recipe is definitely worth trying! It’s a delicious and unique twist on traditional layer cake. With its creamy frosting, rich coffee flavor, and light texture, it’s sure to please any coffee lover. Plus, with all the ways you can customize it – from different frosting flavors to added ingredients like chocolate chips or nuts – it’s a recipe that’s easily adaptable to your tastes.

Don’t let the long ingredient list intimidate you – this cake is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Whether you’re baking it for a special occasion or just as a treat for yourself, this cappuccino cake is sure to impress. Trust me, as a barista who has seen her fair share of coffee-related desserts, this is one of the best. So go ahead and indulge in this irresistible dessert that will awaken your taste buds, made with Baileys Irish Cream, cocoa powder, and heavy cream.

Cappuccino Cakes

Cappuccino Cakes Recipe

Saw this recipe MANY years ago in a magazine too, Another one that JUMPED OUT to you know who! These are DELICIOUS, gotta LOVE that Bailey's too! Look forward to someone's review!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 362.6 kcal


  • 4 1/2 ounces butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 (8 ounce) packet cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream


  • Line a 12 hole muffin pan with LARGE patty cases (Muffin Paper Cups). NOTE: May need to change patty case size depending on your muffin pan. NOTE: Patty cases are OPTIONAL.
  • Combine Butter and Milk in small pan, stirring on low heat until butter is melted.
  • COOL to room temperature.
  • BEAT Eggs in small bowl with an electric mixer until THICK and creamy.
  • GRADUALLY add Caster Sugar, beating until well combined. NOTE: Any substitute of other sugar may slightly change muffins, but is still OK.
  • Combine sifted self raising flour and Cocoa. FOLD (With spoon OR Hand Mixer on FOLD;) combined mixture and butter mixture in two batches. (Means Combined flour, cocoa and butter, and then combined flour, cocoa and butter again).
  • Divide between Muffin Trays with or without Patty Cases.
  • COOK in moderate oven 180 degrees for about 25 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean when tested.
  • Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  • ICING ---BEAT cream cheese in small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add SIFTED Icing Sugar WITH 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder.
  • BEAT well until combined.
  • STIR in Liqueur.
  • SPREAD Icing over cakes.
  • Dust with extra Cocoa (OPTIONAL).

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 109gCalories: 362.6kcalCarbohydrates: 46.4gProtein: 5.6gFat: 17.8gSaturated Fat: 10.8gCholesterol: 100.2mgSodium: 145.4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy
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