Indulge in a Decadent Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe

Dear coffee and chocolate lovers,

Are you ready to indulge in a heavenly treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings and warm your soul? I am thrilled to bring you my Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe. This recipe is perfect for those chilly nights when you want to curl up with a warm cup of cocoa or coffee, but also want something more substantial.

In this chocolate mocha cake, I created a rich and moist texture that perfectly balances the flavors of chocolate and coffee. The cocoa powder, espresso granules, and hot coffee add depth to the chocolate flavor and give the cake a delightful mocha twist. To intensify the aroma and taste, I added a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper that gives it an irresistible kick.

The Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe is easy to make even for beginners with its easy-to-follow instructions. You can serve this cake dusted with powdered sugar or topped with whipped cream or your favorite frosting recipe, such as mocha buttercream, or peppermint mocha frosting for a festive twist.

So, why not skip the usual hot cocoa or drip coffee routine and bake yourself a slice of this decadent chocolate mocha cake? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake
Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake

Are you a fan of hot chocolate and coffee? If so, you’re in for a treat because this Chocolate Mocha Cake is the dessert you’ve been craving! This cake recipe brings together the sweet and comforting flavors of hot chocolate with the rich and bold taste of coffee.

The Chocolate Mocha Cake is perfect for anyone who loves moist and dense cake that’s not overwhelmingly sweet. In fact, it’s the perfect balance between the two flavors. The addition of cayenne pepper and cinnamon gives just the right amount of kick to keep your taste buds wanting more.

What I personally love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. All you need are ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry such as white flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and eggs. The recipe also calls for instant coffee granules, which adds an extra boost of caffeine to keep you going throughout the day (or night).

The process of making this cake is straightforward too; it doesn’t require any fancy techniques or equipment. Simply mix all of the cake ingredients together, pour into a prepared baking dish and bake for a little over an hour. Sounds easy enough, right?

But just wait until you take your first bite. The hot chocolate flavor will immediately soothe your soul while the coffee notes give a robust finish to each bite. It’s like having a cozy cup of hot cocoa with a shot of espresso added to it!

In conclusion, what’s not to love about this Chocolate Mocha Cake? It’s perfect for dessert or even as a special breakfast treat on a cold morning. I guarantee that once you try this cake recipe, it’ll quickly become one of your go-to desserts that everyone will be asking for.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven covered in mocha hot chocolate!
A slice of heaven covered in mocha hot chocolate!

Here is the list of ingredients you will need to make the Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup of strong, hot brewed coffee or hot chocolate
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of buttermilk

Mocha Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (or two 16 oz. packages) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 cups (2 lbs) powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt

You can find these ingredients easily at any grocery store near you if some may not be available in your pantry right now.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't want to share this Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake!
You won’t want to share this Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake!

Now that we’ve got all our ingredients ready, it’s time to start baking this delectable Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake. This cake is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth on a chilly day. Let’s dive into the recipe step-by-step!

Step 1: Prep Your Oven and Pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan or line it with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix Together Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 3/4 cups of granulated sugar, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of instant espresso (or coffee) powder, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, beat 2 eggs, one at a time then add 1 cup of buttermilk, a half cup of vegetable oil and one tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix well until everything is fully incorporated.

Step 4: Combine The Two Mixtures

Add the dry ingredients mixture into the egg mixture until everything is fully incorporated. Then pour in a cup of hot coffee or hot brewed coffee (use whichever you prefer) with one cup of butter (cut up into small pieces) and stir until everything is mixed in.

Step 5: Pour the Mixture into Bundt Pan

Pour the batter carefully into the prepared bundt pan and bake for around an hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool and Serve

Take the cake out from the oven once done and let it cool down in the bundt pan for at least ten minutes before removing it. Once ready to serve cut into desired slice sizes, sprinkling it with powdered sugar or drizzling mocha frosting over each slice.

Your Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake is now complete! Enjoy this warm and decadently rich cake with your loved ones.

Substitutions and Variations

 Can you smell the chocolaty goodness from here?
Can you smell the chocolaty goodness from here?

One of the greatest things about baking is that you can always experiment with different ingredients and make it your own. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Instead of white flour, you can use whole wheat flour for a healthier option.

– You can replace the instant coffee granules with any type of brewed coffee or espresso powder.

– Mocha cake recipe can also be made eggless by substituting eggs with buttermilk or applesauce.

– Adding peppermint extract to the chocolate mocha cake will give it a festive twist and make it perfect for the holidays.

– For a gluten-free version, substitute white flour with almond flour.

– Try adding some chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.

– If you want to make a bundt cake instead of a regular cake, adjust the baking time accordingly.

– You can also try making a frosting for your hot chocolate mocha cake. A mocha buttercream or chocolate frosting would pair especially well.

– To make a chocolate rum cake, substitute ¼ cup of the brewed coffee with dark rum and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter.

Regardless of what substitutions or variations you decide to use, always pay close attention to measurements and baking times. It’s also important to remember that some substitutions may slightly alter the original taste and texture of the cake – so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t turn out exactly as expected!

Serving and Pairing

 A warm and delicious treat perfect for the winter months.
A warm and delicious treat perfect for the winter months.

Mmm, the aroma of freshly baked Chocolate Mocha Cake wafts through the air! Now it’s time to slice and serve this decadent delight.

For a classic serving, dust the cake with a light layer of powdered sugar or cocoa powder. The simplicity of these toppings allows your taste buds to savor every bit of the rich chocolate and espresso flavors.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, top your slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream which will complement the warm and fudgy texture of the cake. Drizzling caramel or chocolate sauce on top is another fantastic way to play up that extra touch of luxury.

When it comes to pairing, there are several options that will complement the bold flavors in this mocha cake. A nice cup of coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel is an obvious choice, but you could also opt for tea with light fruit notes to balance out the richness.

For hardcore chocolate fans, pair this cake with a dark hot chocolate that’s lightly spiced with cinnamon or cayenne pepper. Trust me; your taste buds will be doing the happy dance!

This recipe can make any ordinary day feel special but also has enough flair to make an upscale gathering instantly homely. Serve at room temperature with a sprinkle of love and watch everyone marvel at how amazing it happens to be. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect way to indulge in some comfort food.
The perfect way to indulge in some comfort food.

If you’re planning to make this chocolate mocha cake ahead of time, you’ll be pleased to know that it stores well. In fact, it tastes even better when it has had time to sit and let the flavors develop!

To make ahead, simply bake the cake as instructed in the recipe below. Once completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap or a tight-fitting lid and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 4 days.

When it’s time to serve, you can warm up individual slices in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds or reheat the whole cake in a low-temperature oven for roughly 10 minutes. Just be mindful not to heat it too much and dry it out.

If you have any leftover mocha cake, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for longer storage. To add some moisture back into the cake, drizzle some brewed coffee over the top before reheating.

This cake is also highly freezeable! For longer storage, cut the cooled cake into slices, wrap each slice tightly with plastic wrap and store them in a freezer bag. When it’s time to enjoy, simply thaw them and let come back to room temperature before serving.

Whether enjoyed fresh out of the oven or reheated, this chocolate mocha cake will be sure to impress anyone who takes a bite!

Tips for Perfect Results

 For all the coffee and chocolate lovers out there.
For all the coffee and chocolate lovers out there.

Ah, the sweet smell of chocolate wafting through the air. There’s nothing quite like it, is there? As a barista, I’ve seen my fair share of chocolatey creations. And I want to share with you some tips for nailing this Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe every time.

First things first. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before you start mixing them. If your butter, eggs or buttermilk are too cold, it’ll be challenging for them to mix evenly into the batter. To avoid this, make sure to take them out of the fridge at least an hour before you plan on baking.

Next up on the list of tips is to use high-quality cocoa powder and coffee granules. The better quality these ingredients are, the richer and more flavorful your cake will be. And trust me when I say, it’s worth spending a little extra on quality ingredients.

Another essential tip is to measure your ingredients accurately. In baking, measurements can make or break the final outcome, so invest in some measuring cups and spoons if you don’t already have them.

If you are looking for a way to add a little kick to your mocha cake and bring out its chocolatey flavor more vividly, grab some cayenne pepper and cinnamon from your spice cabinet. These two spices work wonders in enhancing chocolate flavor profile when used appropriately.

Finally, one last piece of advice that’s often overlooked – follow the recipe instructions carefully! It may seem tempting to cut corners here and there or add a bit more sugar than called for, but trust me when I say that precision is crucial in baking.

With these tips in mind, go ahead and tackle this Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe with confidence. Trust me; once you’ve taken that first bite of this indulgent cake paired with your favorite hot beverage- whether coffee or hot chocolate- you’ll realize that all that effort was well worth it!


Now, let’s get to some frequently asked questions about this chocolate mocha cake recipe. These are some common inquiries I’ve received about this dessert’s ingredients and the steps involved in making it. So let’s dive right in and dispel any doubts you might have.

What is chocolate mocha cake made of?

This recipe features a decadent Chocolate Mocha Cake consisting of three layers of rich chocolate cake filled with a coffee-flavored buttercream. The chocolate cake is made with a strong infusion of brewed coffee that gives it a moist texture, and it’s completed with a delicious mocha frosting, crowned with cascading chocolate shavings.

Why do you put hot coffee in a chocolate cake?

Coffee and cocoa share a resemblance in taste, both being bitter when consumed alone. However, when combined, their flavors complement each other perfectly. In fact, it’s quite common for professional bakers and dessert enthusiasts to add coffee to their chocolate recipes to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Can you add hot coffee to cake mix?

When it comes to baking, enhancing the flavor of your cake is always a good idea. One tip is to ditch the water in your cake mix and substitute it with coffee instead. This simple swap will make your cake richer and more delicious. Whether you use leftover coffee or brew a fresh pot, just make sure it’s cooled down before adding it into your batter.

Can you add coffee to chocolate cake mix?

It’s a well-known fact that coffee can enhance the flavor of many chocolate-based concoctions, such as cakes and brownies. By swapping out water for coffee in your recipe, you can take your sweet treat to the next level.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe is a game-changer for anyone who loves both chocolate and coffee. This amazing recipe will definitely give your taste buds a wild ride, and you will fall in love with it at the first bite. It’s the perfect indulgent dessert that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

Whether you are craving for a stealthy slice of cake on a rainy day, or want to impress your friends and family with a show-stopping cake, this Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake recipe has got you covered.

So what are you waiting for? Get your baking tools out, grab the ingredients, and let the magic of this cake sweep you off your feet. Trust me; once you have made this cake, you will want to make it again and again. The combination of the rich and decadent cake, the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, and the creamy mocha buttercream frosting is simply irresistible.

So go ahead and indulge yourself in this delicious recipe today. You will thank yourself once you have tasted this heavenly creation!

Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake

Hot Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe

A twist on chocolate cake - the hot refers to the pepper, not the temperature at which this is served. I don't taste heat so much as spiciness. I served this as a dessert at a flavor theme dinner I once had - "sweet and heat". It was very well received. The original was from a magazine, but I don't remember which one. Prep time does not include chill time.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 371.1 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules (use instant espresso for a more intense coffee flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Spray an 8 or 9" by 3 springform pan with nonstick spray, then dust with flour.
  • Put butter, chocolate and coffee in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and nuke 2-3 minutes, one minute at a time, stirring after each interval, until choc is melted and everything mixes together.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon and pepper.
  • Add to choc mixture and stir. Set aside while beating eggs.
  • Beat eggs on high until frothy using electric mixer.
  • Gradually add sugar while mixer is running.
  • After sugar is fully added, continue beat until mixture is thick and pale.
  • Blend in choc mixture.
  • Pour all into prepped pan.
  • Bake about an hour, until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
  • Cool, then refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.
  • Serve with whipped cream if you like.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 95gCalories: 371.1kcalCarbohydrates: 29.3gProtein: 8gFat: 29.5gSaturated Fat: 17.4gCholesterol: 162.7mgSodium: 132.6mgFiber: 4.9gSugar: 19.3g
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