Indulge in Decadence: Cappuccino Chocolate Cake Recipe

Welcome to my cappuccino chocolate cake recipe! As a barista, I am constantly experimenting with different flavors to create the perfect cup of coffee. And let me tell you, adding coffee to baked goods takes them to another level.

In this recipe, I have combined the bold flavors of dark chocolate and espresso powder with the creamy texture of cappuccino frosting. The result is a dessert that will please your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is also easy to follow. Sometimes, baking might seem intimidating because of all the precise measurements and steps involved. However, don’t let that deter you from making this amazing cake. With simple instructions and common ingredients found in your pantry, you’ll be able to whip up this delightful treat in no time.

Whether you’re a coffee lover or simply want to impress your family and friends with a show-stopping dessert, this cappuccino chocolate cake will not disappoint. So put on your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready for a delicious ride in the world of coffee-flavored baked goods!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cappuccino Chocolate Cake
Cappuccino Chocolate Cake

If you’re a fan of coffee and chocolate, then you’re in for a treat with this delicious cappuccino chocolate cake recipe. This tasty dessert combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate and espresso, topped with a creamy cappuccino frosting.

But why should you try this recipe? Well, let me give you a few reasons.

Firstly, it’s the perfect dessert for any special occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or simply want to impress your guests at a dinner party, this cake is sure to take center stage on the dessert table.

Secondly, the balance of sweetness and bitterness in each layer of this cake is spot on. The moist chocolate cake layers have just the right amount of sweetness and richness, while the cappuccino frosting adds a creamy and slightly bitter taste that perfectly complements the flavor profile.

Thirdly, the recipe features two layers of dark chocolate cake with delicious frosting in between them. It’s like having an indulgent coffee chocolate layer cake all to yourself! You can even customize the recipe by adding walnuts or other toppings to elevate its taste and texture.

Lastly, it’s easy to make! Despite being fancy and flavorful, this cake doesn’t require any complicated techniques or hard-to-find ingredients. With basic baking tools and pantry essentials such as flour, eggs, sugar, milk and Kahlua or Creme de Cacao liqueur are all that are necessary to whip up this scrumptious masterpiece.

In conclusion, with its rich flavors and easy preparation process make it impossible not to love this cappuccino chocolate cake recipe!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite
A slice of heaven in every bite

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this decadent cappuccino chocolate cake recipe:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar plus 2-3 tbsp
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups Kahlua or Creme de Cacao
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder mixed with four teaspoons of hot water
  • Dark chocolate cake: add an additional 1/4 tsp ground cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon
  • Cappuccino chocolate cake: use Hills Bros. Cappuccino in place of instant coffee

Ingredients for the cappuccino frosting:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder mixed with three teaspoons of hot water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Up to 1 tablespoon of milk if needed.

This recipe features two layers of dark, rich chocolate cake with a fluffy cappuccino frosting in between. The cappuccino frosting recipe can easily be swapped for any other frosting flavors including white chocolate, caramel or mocha. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the flavors!

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolate cake with a twist
Chocolate cake with a twist

Mixing the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1½ cups of granulated sugar, ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Mix the ingredients well and set the bowl aside.

Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 large eggs until they are foamy. Add in 1 cup of light sour cream, 1 cup of milk, a quarter cup of Kahlua or other coffee liqueur, and a quarter cup of Creme de Cacao. Continue to whisk until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Combining the Batter

Next, slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until you have created a smooth batter. Add in 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder for an extra coffee flavor if desired.

Baking the Cake

Pour the mixture into two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) before baking your cakes for approximately 35 minutes or until they are fully baked through.

Making the Frosting

To make the frosting, melt some dark chocolate with butter in a heat-proof bowl over simmering water. Once melted add in some heavy cream and espresso powder, stir well and remove from heat. Let it cool down before you spread it on your cake.

After letting them cool for ten minutes, remove both cakes from their pans and place one layer on a platter. Apply any fillings desired such as jam or caramel sauce then add another cake layer on top. Dress your cappuccino chocolate cake with some walnuts or white chocolate shavings on top to give it that extra touch.

Enjoy your decadent cappuccino chocolate cake with a large cup of Hills Bros Cappuccino or a scoop of chocolate ice cream for the ultimate indulgence.

Substitutions and Variations

 Wake up and smell the cappuccino cake
Wake up and smell the cappuccino cake

Are you ready to get creative in the kitchen? Here are some simple substitutions and variations that you can make to customize this cappuccino chocolate cake recipe.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the alcohol. If you don’t want to use Kahlua or Creme de Cacao, feel free to substitute with regular coffee or espresso powder mixed with water. You could also use Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier or Amaretto instead. Just keep in mind that the cake may have a slightly different flavor profile depending on what you choose.

If you’re not a fan of walnuts, try using pecans or almonds instead. Or, you can leave out the nuts altogether for a nut-free version. For an extra crunch, try adding some chopped hazelnuts or macadamia nuts in the frosting or sprinkled on top.

If you want to make this cake even more chocolatey, try adding some cocoa powder or melted dark chocolate to the batter or frosting. You could also grate some white chocolate over the top of the finished cake for a pop of sweetness.

Don’t have self-raising flour on hand? No worries! You can make your own by combining all-purpose flour with baking powder and salt. For every cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

For a dairy-free version, substitute the sour cream and milk with almond milk or coconut cream. You could also use vegan butter or coconut oil in place of regular butter.

And finally, if you want to switch things up completely, try making this into a coffee caramel cake by drizzling salted caramel sauce over each layer before frosting it with cappuccino buttercream. Or mix in some jam such as raspberry jam between layers for a fruity twist.

Substitution and variation is where creativity comes alive in the kitchen, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make this cake your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for coffee lovers and cake enthusiasts
Perfect for coffee lovers and cake enthusiasts

Welcome to the serving and pairing section of the cappuccino chocolate cake recipe article. Once you bake your decadent cake, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it.

Firstly, let’s talk about portion sizes. This cake is rich and indulgent, so a little goes a long way. A slice about 1 inch thick should be enough to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.

Now, onto possible serving options. This cake can be enjoyed as is or with some additional toppings such as whipped cream, ice cream or fresh berries. Cappuccino chocolate cake also pairs well with a hot cup of coffee or espresso, which only enhances its overall taste and flavor profile.

In terms of pairing this dessert with a wine, an after-dinner drink like Kahlua, Baileys or Creme de Cacao would complement this cake beautifully, but a glass of Chianti or Pinot Noir wouldn’t disappoint either.

For a true birthday celebration feel, decorate the cappuccino chocolate cake with some frosting chocolate decorations and rainbow sprinkles.

It is important to note that this recipe features two layers of dark chocolate cake and one layer of cappuccino cake buttercream frosting filling in between them. So when slicing your cake, make sure you get all the different layers for the ultimate flavors experience.

In conclusion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party for friends or looking for a sweet treat to indulge on a lazy day afternoon at home, this cappuccino chocolate cake has got you covered. Enjoy with your favorite drink and remember to savor every bite!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Indulge in a taste of decadence
Indulge in a taste of decadence

Once you’ve whipped up this scrumptious cappuccino chocolate cake, you can prepare it ahead of time and store it for later – or even freeze it for those days when your sweet tooth is calling. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your cake:


The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Store the cake layers and frosting separately in an airtight container. To keep the cake fresh and moist, brush each layer with a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar), flavored with a touch of Kahlua or Creme de Cacao.


If you’re planning on keeping your cake for more than a few days, it’s best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can store the unfrosted cake layers for up to 3 days, while the frosted cake should only be kept for around 2 days. But don’t worry, this cake is so delicious, it’s unlikely to last that long!


If you’re serving a reheated slice of this scrumptious cappuccino chocolate cake, simply pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it’s heated through. The frosting may melt slightly, but it will soon set again once taken out of the microwave. Another option is to heat slices gently in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.


To keep your cappuccino chocolate cake fresher for longer, wrap each layer tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. Label the container with the date so that you know when to use them by – they’ll keep well frozen for up to three months. Allow defrosting overnight at room temperature before frosting and enjoying!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A dessert that will leave you wanting more
A dessert that will leave you wanting more

As a barista, I know that making the perfect cappuccino chocolate cake requires careful attention to detail. Here are some tips to help you achieve delicious results every time.

Firstly, ensure that your ingredients are at room temperature, particularly butter and eggs. This will help them blend better and create a smoother texture in your cake.

It’s best to sift your dry ingredients together, including the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices such as ground cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and ensures even distribution of the ingredients.

When mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ones, don’t overmix it. Over-mixing can cause the cake to become tough rather than light and fluffy. It’s also important to use a gentle folding technique when adding your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients.

To add extra caffeine kick in your cake get creative with instant coffee or espresso powder. You can mix them with hot water before adding them to the batter for an intense coffee flavor without adding any liquid that could alter the recipe.

For a smooth and creamy frosting, ensure that your butter is softened and at room temperature before creaming it with confectioners’ sugar. Adding a tablespoon of milk or sour cream can help provide additional moisture if needed.

If you want perfectly even cake layers, use a cake leveling tool that helps cut off any excess on top of each layer. Leveling ensures that each layer stacks evenly on top of another which makes decorating easier.

Lastly, when serving your cappuccino chocolate cake, try pairing it with a scoop of ice cream or topping it with whipped cream or fresh berries.

By following these tips and techniques, you’ll be able to create a delicious cappuccino chocolate cake!


As a barista who is passionate about creating amazing coffee experiences, I understand that every recipe and preparation method can raise questions or concerns. This is particularly true for complex recipes like the Cappuccino Chocolate Cake. To help you get your desired results, here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their answers!

What is cappuccino cake made of?

To make a delicious coffee cake, you will need 250g of softened butter, a pack of light soft brown sugar weighing 250g plus an additional 2-3 tablespoons, 300g of self-raising flour, 4 beaten eggs, 50g of finely chopped toasted walnuts (which you can use a food processor to do), and 200ml of very strong, freshly-made or instant coffee that has been cooled down.

What does adding coffee to chocolate cake do?

When it comes to chocolate desserts, it’s no secret that incorporating a splash of coffee can elevate the chocolate’s taste without overpowering it with coffee flavor. It’s like a sidekick who helps the main character shine, similar to how salt can boost the flavor of bland cookies without making them savory.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

Coffee cakes have a unique identity that distinguishes them from other cakes. Their streusel topping and absence of frosting sets them apart. While some may have a hint of glaze atop, they are chiefly defined by their streusel crowning. They come in a wide range of variations, with some holding a swirl of streusel within while others are packed with fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

What does espresso powder do in chocolate cake?

Adding just a small amount of espresso powder can really enhance the delicious chocolate flavor in your baked goods, without making them taste like a mocha.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are a lover of coffee and chocolate, then this cappuccino chocolate cake recipe is meant for you. It combines the richness of dark chocolate with the boldness and aroma of coffee that will tantalize your taste buds. With easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps, you can whip up a delectable dessert in no time.

Additionally, this recipe features various alternatives and variations that you can try out to suit your preferences. Whether you opt for Kahlua or Creme de Cacao, nuts or cherries, each addition will add a unique touch to the cake that will make it even more enjoyable.

Lastly, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to consult our FAQs or tips section for perfect results. We have crafted this recipe with utmost diligence and expertise to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience while making and enjoying the cake.

In summary, make sure to invite friends and family over when baking this cake so that they can indulge in its decadence with you. You will surely be admired for your culinary prowess, but remember to give credit where it is due – to this amazing cappuccino chocolate cake recipe.

Cappuccino Chocolate Cake

Cappuccino Chocolate Cake Recipe

Super easy and very tasty. I like to make this recipe using the mini angel food pans (like a muffin pan but with 6 small angel food forms per pan). They make very nice individual cakes. If you should do it this way you will, of course, have to shorten the baking time. Just keep an eye on them and they will be fine. Mine bake in about 35 mins.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 379.1 kcal


  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup honey, I don't use it (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Creme de Cacao
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

coffee kahlua cream glaze

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/3 cup cream (add by tsp if more is needed)
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua


  • Mix all wet ingredients together and beat for 4 minutes with electric mixer.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture, mix well. Spread into greased and floured tube pan.
  • Bake at 325~F for 1 hour 10 minutes.
  • Coffee Kahlua Cream Glaze: Beat all ingredients until desired consistency and spoon over cool cake.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 125gCalories: 379.1kcalCarbohydrates: 45.4gProtein: 5.9gFat: 19.7gSaturated Fat: 5.2gCholesterol: 80.5mgSodium: 203.5mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25.7g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Sweet
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