) “Decadent cream cheese mocha cake recipe

Are you a coffee lover looking for something unique and delicious to try? Well, look no further! I have the perfect recipe for you – Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.

This cake is a heavenly combination of rich, moist chocolate cake paired with tangy cream cheese frosting and infused with a strong black coffee flavor. It’s a coffee lover’s dream dessert!

Whether you’re serving it at your next dinner party or indulging in it on a cozy night in, this cake is sure to impress every coffee enthusiast.

So why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new? Follow my recipe, and before you know it, you’ll be savoring every bite of this decadent Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cream Cheese Mocha Cake
Cream Cheese Mocha Cake

As a barista, I know how essential coffee is for any caffeine-addict. But let’s be honest, there are days when you want to skip your usual cup of joe and indulge in something extra special. That’s where this Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe comes in!

This recipe is perfect for coffee-lovers who want to elevate their caffeine fix to the next level. It’s the ultimate combination of two beloved flavors: coffee and chocolate. The rich, intense aroma of espresso works wonders with the decadent, velvety texture of chocolate cake that melts in your mouth with every bite.

But wait, it gets even better. This cake is topped with a layer of creamy, buttery cream cheese frosting that perfectly balances the strong flavors of coffee and chocolate. The frosting is not too sweet nor too tangy; it delivers the perfect amount of richness and creaminess that’ll make you crave more.

What I love about this recipe is its versatility. It’s a cheese coffee cake recipe that can be served as an indulgent dessert or a flavorful breakfast treat. You’ll never have to choose between cake and coffee again – this recipe takes care of both cravings.

I use only the finest ingredients, such as all-purpose flour, sour cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, unsalted butter, and cream cheese softened at room temperature. With these premium quality ingredients 1 1/2 cups purpose flour and 8 oz cream cheese softened can do wonders! Believe me; they’ll take this mocha cake recipe to another level.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan of chocolate cakes or enjoy anything mocha-flavored, this Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe is perfect for you! It’s easy to whip up but challenging to forget once you’ve tasted it. Trust me; your taste buds won’t be disappointed after trying out this recipe.

Ingredient List

 Indulge in a heavenly slice of Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.
Indulge in a heavenly slice of Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.

Here’s what you’ll need for this cream cheese mocha cake recipe:

For the Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup strong black coffee, cooled
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • note: using a mix of espresso and milk instead of adding coffee only intensifies the chocolate mocha flavor without adding an overwhelming coffee taste.

Keep in mind that using high-quality ingredients is essential for a delicious result. So make sure to get fresh and good quality cream cheese and sour cream for your cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into a rich chocolate wonderland with every bite!
Dive into a rich chocolate wonderland with every bite!

Preheat, Prep and Measure

To begin making the Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe, first things first: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Then, prepare a 9-inch cake pan by grease it with butter and dust it with flour. Make sure you tap off any excess flour from the pan after dusting.

Next, it’s time to measure your ingredients. Gather all your cake ingredients, place them on your kitchen counter and measure each one accurately using measuring cups and spoons.

Beat the Butter, Sugar and Flour

Now that you have everything measured out and ready to go, beat together the butter and both types of sugars until creamy. Then add in the cream cheese and beat this mixture again until smooth.

Next, mix in your coffee, which will give your cake its distinct mocha flavor.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.

Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture, alternating with the sour cream.

Bake the Cake

Once all your ingredients are mixed together uniformly, pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

When it is done cooking, let it cool down completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

While you wait for the cake to cool down you can start making the frosting. In a large mixing bowl beat together softened unsalted butter and softened cream cheese until light and creamy.

Slowly add in powdered sugar while mixing until well blended. Lastly, stir in vanilla extract until everything is well combined.

Assemble Everything Together

Now that you have a cooled-down mocha cake and cream cheese frosting, it’s time to assemble everything together! Place your cake on a plate or platter and spread the frosting mixture evenly over the top of the cake.

If you want, you can sprinkle some additional cinnamon or cocoa powder for decoration before serving.

That’s it! You now have a delicious Cream Cheese Mocha Cake ready to be served.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dessert for satisfying your caffeine cravings.
The perfect dessert for satisfying your caffeine cravings.

When it comes to baking, there’s always room for creativity and personalization. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients or flavors in this cream cheese mocha cake recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations that will give this cake a whole new twist.

– Instead of sour cream, try using Greek yogurt or buttermilk. They’ll add tanginess and moisture to the cake.

– Swap all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond flour if you want a healthier version of this cake.

– If you are not fond of using unsalted butter, you can substitute margarine or salted butter, but take note that it will result in a slightly different flavor

– For the coffee, use any strong black coffee of your choice or you can also try adding a shot of espresso for an extra boost of caffeine.

– Instead of using cream cheese frosting, switch things up by making cinnamon cream cheese frosting, orange cream cheese frosting or even lemon cream cheese frosting.

– Try adding some chocolate chips to the batter to create a chocolate mocha cake

– You can also make cupcakes instead of a full cake by adjusting the baking time accordingly

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try incorporating some Dalgona coffee into this recipe by incorporating it into the frosting

All in all, don’t hesitate to explore and play with the ingredients according to your preference. Baking should be fun and exciting so don’t be scared to modify the recipe however you’d like!

Serving and Pairing

 This cake will make your taste buds do a happy dance.
This cake will make your taste buds do a happy dance.

Welcome to my favorite part of making cakes, serving and pairing it! As a barista, I believe that the perfect balance of coffee and cake is key to creating a memorable experience. This cream cheese mocha cake pairs beautifully with a strong black coffee or an espresso for that extra kick.

For those who prefer something sweeter, try adding a dollop of orange cream cheese frosting on top. The combination of the tartness from the orange and the sweetness from the frosting will make your taste buds dance with joy!

If you’re not a fan of orange cream cheese frosting, don’t worry – this cake can be paired with anything. The cream cheese filling is delicious and adds another level of decadence to the dessert. Top it off with some cinnamon cream cheese frosting for a warm and spicy touch or drizzle some chocolate ganache on top for a rich and indulgent experience.

This cream cheese mocha cake is also great on its own! Its rich chocolate and coffee flavors make it perfect as a dessert after dinner or as an afternoon snack with some tea or milk.

When it comes to serving, there are many ways to do it. You can slice it up into individual portions, serve it in larger slices for sharing, or even turn it into a layered cake by stacking two or three layers on top of each other with frosting in between. Whatever your preference, this cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.

So brew up a fresh cup of coffee and slice into this delicious cream cheese mocha cake for the ultimate dessert experience!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One slice just isn't enough of this decadent Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.
One slice just isn’t enough of this decadent Cream Cheese Mocha Cake.

Let me tell you one thing: this Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe can be prepared ahead of time, but it tastes like it was freshly baked. It’s not only easy to make, but it’s also easy to store and reheat.

You can make it ahead of time without adding the cream cheese frosting or any toppings. Just wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap and store it in a cool, dry place for up to 3 days. You can also refrigerate for up to 5 days.

When you are ready to use, just let the cake come back to room temperature first. If desired, reheat in a preheated oven at 325°F for about 10-15 minutes until warm.

If you already frosted the cake, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before serving, take out the cake and let it come back to room temperature.

As for reheating, there are multiple ways you could do it. One best way is by wrapping individual slices of the cake with damp paper towels and place them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds until warm. Another option is by using a toaster oven or oven, preheat to 325°F and bake for about for about 10-15 minutes until warm.

However, keep this in mind: storing the cake in the refrigerator will cause the frosting or topping to firm up, so just know that it may change its texture slightly after storage.

Whether you want to eat your Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe now or later, these tips will help you enjoy this sweet treat at its best!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your dessert game with this irresistible recipe.
Elevate your dessert game with this irresistible recipe.

As a barista, I never settle for mediocre coffee, and neither should you when it comes to making this Cream Cheese Mocha Cake. Follow these tips to ensure your cake turns out perfectly every time.

Firstly, make sure all of your cake ingredients are at room temperature before you begin baking. This will help them mix together seamlessly and create a smooth batter. Cold ingredients can cause separation in the batter and uneven baking in the final product.

Another important aspect to note is not to overmix the batter. This can lead to a tough and dense cake. Mix until ingredients are just combined, and then stop. Trust me; your future taste buds will thank you.

Additionally, try adding some dalgona coffee on top of your cake for an extra touch of sweetness and caffeine. Dalgona coffee is a whipped, frothy coffee concoction that adds a perfect texture contrast to the smooth cream cheese frosting.

Another tip is to let your cake cool completely before frosting, or else you might end up with a melted mess like I did on my first attempt at this recipe. Letting the cake cool allows it to firm up and provides a stable surface for frosting application.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous, try switching up the type of cream cheese or coffee you use in the recipe. For example, swapping out vanilla cream cheese for orange cream cheese or using pumpkin spice coffee instead of regular black coffee can add unique flavor profiles to the finished product.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a delicious and visually appealing Cream Cheese Mocha Cake that will impress your friends and leave your tastebuds asking for more!


Now that you know how to make Cream Cheese Mocha Cake, you might have some questions or doubts. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered in this section where I will answer some frequently asked questions about this recipe. Whether you’re wondering about substitutions or modifications, baking tips or storage options, keep reading to find out everything you need to know before making this delicious dessert.

What is mocha cake made of?

To craft a tasty mocha cake, it’s essential to start with the right ingredients, including flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and two chocolate varieties. To add a touch of mocha flavor, you will need to have espresso powder on hand. This ingredient is readily available in the coffee section of most supermarkets. If you can’t find any, a strong cup of coffee can be used as a substitute.

What does adding coffee to chocolate cake do?

When it comes to chocolate desserts, coffee can play a crucial role in enhancing the flavor. Despite not being able to taste the coffee, it helps the chocolate take the spotlight by bringing out its natural sweetness. It’s like having a background actor that helps the lead shines, a perfect analogy to how salt elevates the taste of cookies by making them more flavorful without making them savory.

Can I use coffee instead of water in a chocolate cake mix?

It’s not a shocker that adding coffee to any chocolate recipe – be it for cakes or brownies – can enhance its flavor. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love coffee? You just need to replace the water with coffee in the recipe, and bake it as you normally would. The result: a delicious, chocolatey treat!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my fellow coffee lovers! The Cream Cheese Mocha Cake recipe is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite beverage in a delicious dessert. With its rich mocha flavor, creamy cream cheese filling, and tangy cream cheese frosting, this cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and coffee cravings.

Whether you make it for a special occasion or just as a treat to enjoy at home, this recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. And with all of these variations and substitutions available, you can even customize the recipe to suit your preferences.

So why not give this recipe a try today? You won’t be disappointed! And don’t forget to pair it with a strong cup of coffee for the ultimate indulgence.

Cream Cheese Mocha Cake

Cream Cheese Mocha Cake Recipe

I love "mocha" anything, and this definitely fits the bill. Oh it's so good. This makes a great bundt cake. I've had this recipe for quite awhile, and I don't remember where I got it. All I know is that it's great! Don't forget the icing! The recipe for the icing follows the directions.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 543.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup hot strong black coffee
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg whites, beaten stiffly


  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Generously grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  • Gradually add coffee to cocoa, stirring constantly;let stand until cool.
  • Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks; beat until batter is thick.
  • Add coffee and cocoa mixture.
  • Dissolve baking soda in sour cream.
  • Add alternately to sugar mixture with flour, beating well with each addition.
  • Fold in egg whites.
  • Pour batter into 2 prepared cake pans.( I used 8-inch ones).Bake 35- to 40 minutes, or until done. Remove from pans and cool.
  • Directions for icing: Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add sugar; beat until fluffy. Makes 2 cups.

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Serving: 153gCalories: 543.9kcalCarbohydrates: 87.6gProtein: 5.6gFat: 19.9gSaturated Fat: 12.1gCholesterol: 97.5mgSodium: 257.3mgFiber: 1gSugar: 68.8g
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