Decadent Mocha Mud Cake Recipe for Chocolate Lovers

Attention all coffee lovers! Get ready to indulge in the perfect combination of chocolate and coffee with this mocha mud cake recipe. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a craving for something sweet and comforting, this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy.

As a barista, I have learned that there is nothing quite like the aroma of fresh coffee in the morning. It awakens us and fuels our bodies for the day ahead. And when combined with the richness of dark chocolate, it creates a mouth-watering experience that you won’t soon forget.

This mocha mud cake is not just any ordinary cake – it’s a dessert that brings together the two greatest indulgences for coffee lovers – chocolate and coffee. With rich cocoa powder, instant coffee granules, and warm water, it creates a perfectly moist and decadent cake that is perfect for any occasion.

You don’t have to be a professional baker to create this masterpiece. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe will guide you through each step to ensure your success.

So join me in celebrating the magic of coffee with this delicious mocha mud cake recipe that is sure to impress everyone who has a sweet tooth. Get ready to be swept off your feet by the tantalizing aroma and flavors of this dreamy delight.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Mud Cake
Mocha Mud Cake

Do you love rich, decadent desserts that will satisfy your chocolate and coffee cravings? Then this Mocha Mud Cake recipe is perfect for you!

This cake has the perfect balance of mocha and chocolate, and is so soft and moist that it practically melts in your mouth. Each bite is packed with intense flavor, making it the ultimate dessert for coffee lovers.

Not only is this cake delicious, but it also has a beautiful appearance that will impress your guests. The deep brown color of the cocoa powder and espresso powder makes the cake look elegant, and the mocha buttercream frosting adds a delicious layer of sweetness on top.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can customize it to your liking by adding chocolate chips, using Nutella instead of buttercream, or even making it gluten-free or vegan. There are endless possibilities for this scrumptious dessert!

Overall, this Mocha Mud Cake recipe is sure to become a staple in your baking routine. Whether you’re looking for a tasty treat to enjoy with friends and family or want to impress guests at a special occasion, this cake will not disappoint. Go ahead and give it a try – you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

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For the cake:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the mocha buttercream:

  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. instant coffee granules dissolved into 3 tbsp. hot water

This recipe for a luxurious Mocha Mud Cake calls for some essential ingredients that will be readily available at your local grocer, but it’s important to use the right kind of these ingredients to achieve a successful result from this recipe. Here are the ingredient lists for both the cake and the mocha buttercream frosting.

To start with, the preparation of the delicious chocolate and coffee flavors in this mocha cake comes with some crucial steps requiring specific ingredients such as warm water and instant coffee granules that will be added to a mixture of flour, baking soda, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt and granulated sugar. These are then mixed with room temperature unsalted butter, eggs and vanilla extract to form the batter that will produce a lovely sponge when baked.

The mocha buttercream on top is next level deliciousness, adding complexity to each bite with an intensely rich butter and coffee flavor combination. The mocha buttercream requires unsalted butter, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt and instant coffee granules dissolved into hot water to create the indulgent frosting. These ingredients come together with just the right touch of sweetness to result in a hazelnut-colored dreamy topping over the velvety cake.

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients and equipment, it is time to get our hands dirty and start creating a delicious Mocha Mud Cake. Follow these simple instructions and bring your chocolate mocha dreams to life.

Step 1: Preparing the baking tin

Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan). Grease and line a 22cm square baking tin with butter or oil and baking paper. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the surface of the pan.

Step 2: Mixing the dry ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of salt until well combined.

Step 3: Mixing the wet ingredients

In another bowl, beat together 1 and 1/2 cups (or 3 sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature and 2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 4 eggs, one at a time, followed by 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Step 4: Combining the batter

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two batches. Stir in 1 cup of warm water until smooth, being sure not to overmix.

Step 5: Baking the cake

Pour the batter into prepared cake tin about ¾ full. Bake for approximately 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 6: Making the Mocha Buttercream Frosting

In a small saucepan over low heat, dissolve 1 tablespoon of instant coffee into 1 teaspoon of warm water. In a large bowl, beat 3 cups of softened unsalted butter and 6 cups of sifted powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Add in the coffee mixture and beat until well combined. Gradually add in 1/2 cup of heavy cream, followed by 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of espresso powder. Keep beating until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

Step 7: Assembling the Cake

Once the cake has cooled completely, invert it from the pan and level off the top using a serrated knife or cake leveler. Divide the cake horizontally into two equal layers.

Spread a generous amount of mocha buttercream frosting onto the bottom layer using a palette knife or spatula. Add another layer on top and repeat this process, building up to your desired height. Finish the process by frosting around the entire cake with mocha buttercream frosting.

Step 8: Decorating the Cake

To give your Mocha Mud Cake a creative twist you can decorate it with some

Substitutions and Variations

 Chocolate and coffee lovers unite!
Chocolate and coffee lovers unite!

Coffee lovers don’t fret, there are plenty of options to customize this mocha mud cake recipe. Below are the most popular substitutions and variations that will still give you that rich chocolate flavor with a hit of coffee.

– Nutella: Substitute Nutella for peanut butter in the cake batter or as frosting, for a hazelnut chocolate twist.

– Vegan: For those who prefer vegan options, substitute the eggs with applesauce, banana or flaxseed meal mixed with water. Use vegan butter and whipped coconut cream as frosting.

– Gluten-free: Swap regular flour for gluten-free flour and use almond milk and vinegar mixture in place of buttermilk.

– Espresso powder: Although instant coffee granules work just as well, espresso powder will give the recipe an extra jolt of caffeine.

– Dark chocolate: Add chunks of dark chocolate to the cake mix for a delicious lava-like texture.

– Low carb: Replace sugar with Swerve or stevia, and substitute flour with almond flour or coconut flour for a low-carb version.

– Toppings: Drizzle hot fudge sauce, caramel or sprinkle some chopped nuts on top of the frosting to add a sweet finish to this tasty dessert.

No matter how you choose to customize this recipe, it’s guaranteed to be a hit and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Serving and Pairing

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

Once your lovely Mocha Mud Cake is ready, all that remains for you to do is sit back, relax, and take in that delightful aroma. The cake’s chocolaty sweetness and coffee undertones make it a scrumptious and indulgent treat that coffee lovers will undoubtedly adore.

As for the pairing, I highly recommend you top this heavenly cake with a generous dollop of whipped cream, which will add a cool contrast to the rich flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might also want to drizzle a little warm peanut butter over the cake right before serving. Trust me; it’s incredibly mouthwatering!

For drinks, there are several options that marry well with the flavors in the Mocha Mud Cake recipe. One of my personal favorites is a cup of black coffee or mocha latte. These coffee blends will enhance and complement your cake’s taste perfectly.

If you want something non-coffee-based, opt for a good-quality dark hot chocolate or a glass of ice-cold milk. Their creamy textures and sweet tones will make for memorable combinations with this dense decadent cake.

At last, once you have savored every bite of your delicious creation, don’t forget to share the love by passing it around to your friends, family members or coworkers.

This cake is an indulgence worth sharing; trust me on this one!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
This cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

As a seasoned barista, I know the importance of prepping ahead of time, so you can enjoy your mocha mud cake whenever you like. Thankfully, this recipe can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. This way, you will have a sweet treat to indulge in whenever that sweet craving strikes.

To ensure the freshness and taste of your cake, avoid storing it in the refrigerator for extended periods as it tends to dry out quickly. However, make sure to consume within three days and store leftover slices in the refrigerator. When reheating your cake, one option is to microwave it on medium-high heat for 10-15 seconds. Alternatively, preheat your regular oven to 350°F (180°C) and warm it up for 5-10 minutes.

Another way to preserve this scrumptious delicacy is by freezing it without the buttercream frosting. Carefully wrap individual slices with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before sealing them in a freezer-safe container or bag. Store them in the freezer for up to one month, and thaw them overnight in the fridge before relishing that chocolatey goodness once again.

Whether you save your mud cake or consume it right away, always make sure that you follow food safety guidelines and keep them away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

In summary, this recipe is perfect for those who love a delicious dessert ready for whenever the craving hits. You can store this mud cake—whether sliced or whole—on your countertop for up to three days, and frozen for up to one month without the buttercream frosting. Now that you know how to store and reheat your mud cake let’s head on over to the next section on Tips for Perfect Results so you can perfect your recipe every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't forget to pour yourself a hot cup of coffee to go with this delicious treat.
Don’t forget to pour yourself a hot cup of coffee to go with this delicious treat.

When it comes to baking the perfect cake, there are a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that I’d like to share with you. These suggestions will ensure that your Mocha Mud Cake turns out just the way you want it – rich, moist, and chocolatey with a hint of coffee goodness.

Firstly, always remember to sift your dry ingredients before mixing them in with the wet ingredients as it will help break up any lumps and ensure an even incorporation of ingredients throughout the batter. It also helps to give your cake its light and delicate texture.

Secondly, when measuring your flour, use a spoon to scoop it into the measuring cup and level off the excess with a knife. This will prevent you from packing too much flour into the cup, which can result in a dense cake.

Thirdly, while baking your Mocha Mud Cake, avoid opening the oven door too frequently as this can cause a drastic temperature drop inside the oven, resulting in uneven baking and causing your cake to sink in the middle.

If you notice that your Mocha Mud Cake is browning too quickly on top but not cooked through yet, loosely cover it with aluminum foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking so that it doesn’t brown any further.

Lastly, to create a rich and luxurious mocha buttercream frosting for your cake, make sure that your butter is at room temperature before beating it together with icing sugar and instant coffee until light and fluffy. This ensures a smooth and creamy consistency that will compliment your Mocha Mud Cake perfectly.

With these tips in mind, there’s no reason why you can’t bake the perfect Mocha Mud Cake every time!


As a barista, I know that any recipe may raise some doubts, and when it comes to baking, several questions may arise. That’s why I want to answer some of the most common FAQs about this Mocha Mud Cake Recipe, so that you can make it with ease and achieve perfect results every time. Let’s see what are the essential questions about this delightful cake recipe!

What is mocha cake made of?

To make a delicious mocha cake, you will need to gather all of the necessary ingredients. The cake components include flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, and two types of chocolate. To get the mocha flavor, espresso powder is a necessary addition. It can easily be found in the coffee section of your local grocery store.

Does mocha cake contain coffee?

For an extra delicious Mocha Cake recipe, you’ll need a few key ingredients. To achieve that irresistible coffee taste, make sure to have some strong coffee on hand. Additionally, you’ll need heavy cream to create that fluffy and creamy texture. To ensure the cream stays in place while slicing the cake, add some gelatin. And to truly enhance the flavors, don’t forget the Kahlua – a dash of alcohol goes a long way! Just remember to use heavy or whipping cream, and not light cream.

What is moka cake?

Moka is a well-known French cake that has been around for years. This traditional dessert is made up of two layers of genoise sponge cake that are infused with a delicious coffee syrup. To bring the cake together, it is then filled and covered with a rich buttercream that has a strong coffee flavor.

What is a Mississippi mud cake made of?

This sheet cake is a well-known dessert from the Southern region of the United States, famously referred to as Mississippi Mud Cake. The cake is packed with marshmallows and pecans, and topped with a decadent chocolate frosting.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re a coffee lover and have a sweet tooth, then this Mocha Mud Cake recipe is perfect for you. With its rich, chocolatey taste and strong espresso flavor, every bite will be like drinking a warm cup of coffee on a chilly day. It’s easy to make and requires minimal ingredients, which makes it perfect for any occasion or just a simple afternoon treat.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re baking for yourself or sharing it with friends and family, this Mocha Mud Cake recipe is sure to impress everyone. Plus, with the variations and substitutions provided, you can easily customize it to fit your dietary needs or preferences.

In addition to being delicious, this cake is also a great conversation starter for coffee lovers. Impress your guests by telling them about the espresso powder or instant coffee granules used in the recipe. Or have fun experimenting with different variations and coming up with your own unique twist on this classic dessert.

Overall, this Mocha Mud Cake recipe is something every coffee lover should try at least once in their life. So don’t wait any longer – grab your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to indulge in the ultimate coffee lovers’ cake!

Mocha Mud Cake

Mocha Mud Cake Recipe

This inviting chocolate cake coated with a rich mocha icing.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 469.9 kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs, fork beaten

Coffee Buttercream Icing

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup peanut butter (optional)


  • Grease 9 inch (22 cm) springform pan. Line bottom and side with parchment (not waxed) paper. Combine first 5 ingredients in heavy large saucepan. Heat on lowest heat, stirring often, until chocolate is almost melted. Do not overheat. Remove from heat. Stir until smooth.
  • Add next 3 ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add eggs. Stir well. Pour into prepared pan. Spread evenly. Bake in 325 F oven for 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil. Bake for 20-35 minutes until set. A wooden stick inserted should come out sticky, but not wet. Let stand in pan on wire rack until cooled completely. Remove from pan to serving plate.
  • Coffee Buttercream Icing.: Beat butter until light and creamy. Gradually add icing sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Combine coffee granules and warm water in small cup. Add to butter mixture. Beat well. Makes 2 cups icing. Spread top and side of cake with icing. Cuts 12 wedges. Shreds of almonds looks great sprinkled on the sides. Tastes great too!

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Serving: 141gCalories: 469.9kcalCarbohydrates: 48.5gProtein: 3.5gFat: 30.9gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 241.5mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 37.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Low Protein
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