Delicious and Decadent Mocha Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a recipe that combines the rich, smooth taste of chocolate with the bold kick of coffee? Look no further than this decadent mocha cake recipe. This cake is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just satisfying your sweet tooth.

As a barista, I know that the secret to a great mocha cake lies in the quality and strength of the coffee used in the recipe. That’s why I recommend using very strong coffee or espresso powder – it will give your cake that bold coffee flavor that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate.

But this recipe isn’t just about the coffee. It includes a blend of classic baking ingredients, like flour, sugar, and eggs, as well as cocoa powder and baking soda to make it fluffy and light. The combination of these ingredients creates a moist and flavorful cake that is sure to impress anyone who tries it.

So let’s get started on making this delicious mocha cake! With just a little bit of baking know-how and some simple ingredients, you can create a dessert that will become an instant favorite for anyone who tastes it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Cake
Mocha Cake

Are you in the mood for a deliciously decadent treat? Look no further than this chocolatey masterpiece – my very own Mocha Cake recipe. Trust me when I say that once you taste this cake, there’ll be no going back to boring desserts!

What I love about this recipe is how simple and straightforward it is. Don’t be fooled by the complex flavors – the recipe starts with basic chocolate cake ingredients! Flour, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, baking powder, and a touch of salt – everything you need for a moist and fluffy cake perfect for any occasion.

But what sets this cake apart is the addition of very strong coffee or espresso powder. The coffee flavor adds another layer of richness that can’t be achieved with anything else – trust me on this. The result is a cake that won’t just satisfy your sweet tooth but will also wake up your tastebuds with its delicious coffee kick.

But perhaps my favorite part of this recipe is how versatile it is. With a few substitutions here and there, you can easily turn this mocha cake into your own signature dessert. Swap out the instant espresso powder for brewed coffee or try adding some white chocolate chips to the batter before baking! Why not experiment with different buttercream frosting flavors too? One bowl mocha buttercream or even a salted caramel frosting would work wonderfully.

So whether you’re whipping up a birthday cake or hosting an afternoon tea party, this mocha cake recipe is sure to impress your guests with its complex yet easy-to-make flavors. There are plenty of ways to tweak it to suit your preferences, making it an ideal recipe for any home baker looking to elevate their desserts. Trust me, it’s definitely worth giving this mocha cake a try – happy baking!

Ingredient List

 A slice of chocolatey goodness!
A slice of chocolatey goodness!

Let’s take a look at all the ingredients you need to make this rich and delicious chocolate mocha cake.

Cake Ingredients:

  • Very strong coffee: 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder: 1 cup
  • Flour: 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar: 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Baking powder: 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda: 2 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Eggs: 3 large room temperature eggs
  • Unsalted butter: 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) room temperature
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • Cream of tartar: ½ tsp

Espresso Mocha Buttercream Frosting:

  • Unsalted butter: 2 cups (4 sticks) softened at room temperature
  • Powdered sugar: 4 cups sifted
  • Instant espresso powder: 2 tablespoons dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • Salt: a pinch to taste
  • Heavy cream or milk: 1/4 cup if necessary

Optional Ingredients:

To make your chocolate mocha cake moister, richer, or even more flavorful, try adding any of these optional ingredients to your recipe:
– Kahlua or coffee liqueur: 1/2 cup
– Dark Chocolate Chips or Chunks: 1 cup
– Caramel sauce drizzle or Salted caramel sauce drizzle: topping as you prefer

The Recipe How-To

 Can't resist this decadent indulgence!
Can’t resist this decadent indulgence!

Making the perfect mocha cake requires attention to detail and careful execution. While it may seem daunting at first, this easy recipe will guide you through each step with ease. My mocha cake recipe starts with basic chocolate cake ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and cocoa powder. I always use very strong coffee instead of water to give the cake that rich coffee flavor. You could even add some instant espresso powder for a stronger coffee taste.

Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In one bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 cup of cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients

In another mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: 4 large eggs, 2 cups of brewed coffee or espresso (room temperature), 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Step 3: Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Add the dry ingredients in batches to the wet ingredients while whisking until thoroughly combined. Be sure not to overmix as this will affect the cake’s texture. Pour into a greased and floured pan of your choice.

Step 4: Bake

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for approximately 50-60 minutes. Test with a toothpick or cake tester to ensure the cake is fully cooked through and comes out clean.

Step 5: Cool and Frost

Once done, remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for about half an hour before frosting. Our favorite is to make a mocha buttercream frosting to really enhance that coffee flavor! Combine three large egg whites with 1¾ cups granulated sugar in a mixing bowl over simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar granules dissolve and the mixture reaches 160°F. Use a mixer to beat the whites until stiff peaks form. Slowly add 2 cups of unsalted butter (room temperature) one tablespoon at a time while continuously mixing. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 1½ tablespoons of instant espresso powder while continuing to mix. Beat on high for one minute.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Once frosted, cut yourself a slice and enjoy the rich chocolate mocha flavor of this delicious cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this mocha cake.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this mocha cake.

So you want to mix things up a bit with this mocha cake recipe? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out:

– Gluten-free: Simply swap out the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour.

– Kahlua cake: Replace 1/2 cup of the brewed coffee in the recipe with Kahlua for extra depth of flavor.

– White chocolate mocha cake: Add 4 oz. of chopped white chocolate to the batter for an even more decadent cake.

– Salted caramel mocha cake: Swirl some homemade salted caramel sauce into the batter before baking or drizzle it on top of the finished cake.

– Espresso whipped cream frosting: Swap out the mocha buttercream for a whipped cream frosting flavored with instant espresso powder.

– Chocolate chips: Fold in some chocolate chips to make a chocolate chip mocha cake.

Remember, these are simply suggestions and substitutions – feel free to get creative and come up with your own unique variations on this classic mocha cake recipe. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

 Chocolate and coffee, the perfect combo!
Chocolate and coffee, the perfect combo!

When it comes to serving and pairing this glorious mocha cake, there are many options. The cake has a coffee flavor that pairs well with a cup of very strong coffee or espresso. However, if you prefer something sweeter, you can pair it with some hot chocolate or chocolate milk.

Serving the cake itself is also an opportunity to get creative. You can sprinkle some confectioners sugar over the top and serve it with sliced fruits like strawberries, raspberries or even sliced bananas. Another option is drizzling caramel sauce or salted caramel sauce on top of the cake.

For those who prefer a richer cake experience, you can serve the mocha cake with mocha buttercream. The buttercream adds a delicious, creamy richness to the dessert that perfectly balances the coffee and chocolate flavors.

You can also make this recipe for special occasions like birthdays, where you can decorate the cake with your favorite design using different icings or frosting. Its classic flavor makes it a popular choice for any celebration.

This mocha cake is versatile and easy to serve. Whether you choose to add extra toppings or eat it plain, this dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings while indulging you in rich chocolate and coffee flavor.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Nothing beats a homemade dessert.
Nothing beats a homemade dessert.

Mocha Cake Recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Whether you want to surprise your friend for their birthday or host a dinner party, it’s always a great choice. If you’re one who prefers to prepare things in advance, keep reading, because I have some insightful make-ahead instructions. This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored without decreasing its quality.

To make your life easier and save some time, bake the cake a day or two before you want to serve it. (Note: Do not frost the cake before refrigerating or freezing it.) After the cake has cooled down, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. If properly stored in an air-tight container, the Mocha Cake will still taste delicious after that time frame.

If you need to store the cake for longer than three days, it’s best to freeze it instead. In this case, wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag or storage container with an air-tight lid. The Mocha Cake will retain its flavor for up to 3 months in the freezer.

When ready to serve, let the frozen cake slices thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes before reheating them in the microwave or oven (be sure to remove the plastic wrap first). Alternatively, unwrap the refrigerated cake slices and bring them back to room temperature on your kitchen counter for an hour prior to serving.

Overall, Mocha Cake can be made ahead of time and stored easily without losing its unique flavorful aroma; whether you put it in a refrigerator or freezer-both methods are viable. Therefore preparing it well before time could yield excellent results that satisfy all of your guests’Dessert cravings in no time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sink your teeth into this rich mocha cake.
Sink your teeth into this rich mocha cake.

For a perfect result with this mocha cake recipe, there are a few tips that you should always keep in mind. Here are some of my suggestions:

Firstly, use very strong coffee or espresso powder for the coffee flavor. Adding a little extra coffee won’t hurt, but it is important to make sure your espresso or brewed coffee is as strong as possible.

Secondly, make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature before mixing them with other cake ingredients. This will help to ensure that your cake batter blends more easily and results in a fluffier texture.

Thirdly, pay attention to the baking soda and cream of tartar in the ingredient list. Combining these two ingredients will help give the cake its light and airy texture.

Fourthly, using Dutch cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder can deepen the chocolate flavor and make it richer.

Fifthly, sift flour before adding flour into mixing bowl. It will help to get rid of any lumps in the flour and prevent overmixing. When flour is overmixed it will make your baked goods dense instead of fluffy.

Finally, when making the mocha buttercream use unsalted butter which is slightly softened but not melted. Too soft or too hard butter will ruin the texture by being too gloopy or too hard; you want a smooth and creamy consistency. To test if your butter is just right either press a finger against it, which should leave an indentation, but it should not be so soft that it leaves fingerprints.

Keep these tips in mind and enjoy baking this moist, chocolaty cake made even better with undertones of coffee!


As we wrap up this recipe article for a decadent mocha cake, let’s take a moment to address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that might help you achieve the perfect result. The FAQs will range from ingredient swaps to storage tips, which are essential for anyone who wishes to make variations or keep their cake fresh for longer periods. So, let’s get started and dive deep into the essential tips and tricks you need to know!

What is mocha cake made of?

To make a delicious mocha cake, we will be using standard chocolate cake ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Additionally, we will be incorporating two varieties of chocolate to make it extra rich and indulging. To add the perfect mocha twist, we will be using espresso powder, which can be easily located in the coffee aisle of many grocery stores.

Does mocha cake contain coffee?

For making a delicious and moist mocha cake, we are going to need some key ingredients. We’ll start with a strong coffee which will be used in both the syrup and filling to impart a rich coffee flavor. To whip up the perfect filling, we will need some creamy and luscious heavy cream, which adds the perfect texture to our cake. While preparing the cream mixture, it is important to add some gelatin which stabilizes the cream to avoid any unwanted oozing. Lastly, we have Kahlua which will enhance the flavor by adding a subtle yet delicious hint of alcohol.

What is moka cake?

Moka cake, a timeless French confection, is comprised of two layers of genoise sponge that have been infused with coffee syrup. The layers and the entire cake are then enveloped in a delectable coffee-flavored buttercream.

How do you make a cake taste like coffee?

Adding instant espresso powder to batter is a simple way for bakers to infuse coffee flavor into baked goods.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha cake recipe is the perfect addition to any occasion, be it a birthday celebration, a family gathering or simply as a personal snack. With easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps to follow, anyone can make this delicious dessert without a hassle. This recipe is versatile too; you could make it gluten-free with minor tweaks to the ingredients list or even add in different flavors to give it a unique twist.

Not only does this cake taste heavenly with the rich chocolate and coffee flavor, but its moist and fluffy texture will leave you craving for more. The perfect pairing of the cake with a cup of very strong coffee is sure to ignite your senses in ways you never thought possible.

As a barista, I highly recommend this recipe for anyone who wants to enjoy an easy-to-make, hassle-free yet heavenly dessert that would undoubtedly impress their loved ones. So why wait? Head over to your kitchen and try out this simple yet satisfying recipe today!

Mocha Cake

Mocha Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 190.4 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 chocolate squares
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup very strong coffee


  • Cream butter; add sugar and cream again.
  • Add beaten egg and stir well.
  • Next, add the chocolate, which has been melted over hot water, and blend in thoroughly.
  • Sift dry ingredients with the flour; which has been sifted before measuring. Add alternately with the coffee, begining and ending with flour.
  • Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes in a 8x8" pan.

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Serving: 50gCalories: 190.4kcalCarbohydrates: 30.9gProtein: 2.5gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 41.7mgSodium: 165.4mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 18.8g
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