Indulge in Decadence with Mocha Snacking Cake Recipe

Dear coffee and cake lovers,

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my Mocha Snacking Cake recipe – the ultimate treat for those who crave rich and indulgent flavors. This cake is a unique blend of chocolate, coffee, and buttery goodness that’ll satisfy all your snacking desires.

As a barista, I’ve always found pleasure in creating aromatic and flavorful drinks for my customers. But I know that coffee doesn’t only belong to cups; it can also elevate the taste of desserts to a whole new level. That’s why I created this fulfilling cake recipe with brewed coffee as one of the main ingredients.

This Mocha Snacking Cake is perfect for anyone who wants a quick fix of their sweet tooth craving. It’s ideal for afternoon tea or an early morning snack, and it’s also great to share with friends and family during gatherings or celebrations.

In this recipe article, I’ll provide you with all the details you need to make this delectable cake from scratch. Trust me; this recipe is simple enough for anyone to make even if you’re not a professional baker.

So don’t wait any longer, gather all the ingredients and let’s create this rich and moist Mocha Snacking Cake together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Snacking Cake
Mocha Snacking Cake

Are you a fan of snacking cakes? Or, do you love the irresistible taste of chocolate and coffee? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this recipe is perfect for you. The mocha snacking cake recipe is an ultimate indulgence in a single bite that will leave you hooked on it.

The combination of brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder, and all-purpose flour creates a rich, moist cake that’s quick and easy to bake. This cake needs no frosting but can also be paired perfectly with any sweet topping of your choice. The simple yet delicious recipe ingredients include butter, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda and baking powder, making it an instant favorite among those who tastes it.

But what makes this recipe even more special is that it’s versatile; you can substitute some ingredients and make variations based on your preference. You can add peppermint mocha or even banana to the recipe to create an entirely different flavored snack cake. Additionally, the gluten-free option is available for all you health enthusiasts out there.

Inevitably, this snack cake will become a must-have in your dessert collection. Whether you’re baking for yourself or entertaining guests, the mocha snack cake recipe will have people asking you for seconds. With its rich aroma and irresistible flavors, this recipe is guaranteed to be a hit amongst everyone who tastes it.

In conclusion, the mocha snacking cake recipe renders an unparalleled experience for every chocolate lover with its rich, moist nature exploding with flavor in every bite. So embrace your inner baker and give this recipe a try; we promise it’ll be worth the effort.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with a cup of joe
A slice of heaven with a cup of joe

Before we dive into the making of this indulgent Mocha Snacking Cake, let’s take a look at what you’ll need in terms of ingredients. Be sure to gather all of them before getting started. Trust me, it will make your process a lot smoother. Here are the ingredients you will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup freshly brewed coffee, cooled

Don’t worry if the ingredient list seems long, most of these items might already be in your pantry. Nevertheless, make sure you get the precise measurement of each ingredient to ensure that your cake turns out deliciously perfect.

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolatey goodness in every bite
Chocolatey goodness in every bite

Let’s get started, shall we? This Mocha Snacking Cake Recipe is a quick and easy dessert that you can make in no time. Here’s how:

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

Before starting to bake this scrumptious cake, gather all the ingredients required. You will need:

  • All-purpose flour (1 and 3/4 cups)
  • Granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (3/4 cup)
  • Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
  • Baking powder (2 teaspoons)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature (1 cup)
  • Eggs, at room temperature (2 large)
  • Unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (1/2 cup)
  • Vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)

Step 2: Prepare the Batter

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch baking pan, then line with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract until well blended.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.

Step 3: Bake the Cake

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it out evenly with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 4: Let it Cool and Enjoy!

Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled completely, you can serve it plain, with some frosting or topped with whipped cream.

This rich and moist Mocha Snacking Cake is perfect for those who want a quick bake that needs frosting but doesn’t take too much time. Give this recipe a try and let your taste buds revel in the goodness of chocolate and coffee!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet craving with this mocha cake
Satisfy your sweet craving with this mocha cake

Ah, substitutions and variations – a barista’s favorite topic! What if I told you that you could infuse this already delicious mocha snacking cake with even more decadent flavors and textures? Trust me, it could take your taste buds on a journey of magic and wonder.

First of all, let’s talk about the flour. If you prefer to go gluten-free or have dietary restrictions, simply swap out the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative or use almond flour instead. This will lend an interesting nutty flavor and give the cake a chewier texture.

Next up, let’s touch on the cocoa powder. While unsweetened cocoa powder is used in this recipe, you can also swap it out with Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a richer chocolatey taste. If you really want to kick up the caffeine quotient in your mocha snacking cake, add some instant coffee granules to the recipe for that added buzz!

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, consider mixing in some peppermint extract and turning it into a peppermint mocha snack cake fit for the holiday season. Alternatively, try adding some grated zucchini or mashed banana to make it a mocha banana snack cake – no one said you couldn’t have vegetables or fruit in your cake!

Lastly, we can’t forget about frosting. While this recipe already has a decadent buttercream frosting infused with mocha goodness, why not try frosting it with chocolate ganache or cream cheese frosting? Or skip the frosting altogether and sprinkle chocolate chips on top, giving it an extra crunch factor.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to substitutions and variations in baking. Remember to experiment with different ingredients until you find your perfect combination!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for an afternoon snack or dessert
Perfect for an afternoon snack or dessert

Ah, the moment has finally come — time to serve up your delicious Mocha Snacking Cake! This cake recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party, an afternoon coffee break or even a midnight snack. It’s rich, moist and chocolaty with a hint of coffee that simply melts in your mouth.

Want to try something new? Pair this cake with some freshly brewed coffee or espresso to really bring out that mocha flavor. The creamy bitterness of the coffee perfectly complements the sweet chocolatey goodness of this snack cake. If you prefer tea, opt for a robust black tea like Earl Grey or a spiced chai to balance out the richness.

Feeling adventurous? Why not try pairing it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an indulgent treat? Or if you’re looking for something lighter, a dollop of Greek yogurt or fresh berries can provide balance and acidity to cut through the indulgent flavors of the cake.

Don’t forget presentation! Dust the top with powdered sugar for a classic look or get creative by drizzling caramel or chocolate sauce over it. A simple garnish of fresh mint leaves, chocolate chips, or sliced almonds on top can add some texture and color to the dessert.

Whether you’re serving it up at a party or as an afternoon treat, this Mocha Snacking Cake recipe is sure to impress your guests or satisfy your cravings.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Let the rich aroma of coffee fill your home
Let the rich aroma of coffee fill your home

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of make-ahead options and storing tips for this delectable Mocha Snacking Cake. This rich, moist cake is quick to bake, but it needs frosting to reach the heady height of perfection that it’s known for. Buttercream frosting is a classic pairing with this delectable snack cake, but you could use any frosting of your choice.

To make-ahead, you can bake and frost the cake 2-3 days ahead of when you plan to serve it. The texture and quality of the cake will still be as amazing as ever, the flavor may even deepen with time.

If you happen to have leftover cake after indulging in it (although I doubt there will be any left), you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days or refrigerate it in the fridge for up to a week. For longer storage times, place slices on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes or until slightly firm before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer-proof bag and put them back in the freezer for up to 3 months. That way, whenever your sweet tooth calls out for something mocha-flavored, you’ll be ready.

If you’re reheating frozen slices, defrost them first then reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds or in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 8-10 minutes until they’re heated through. Alternatively, if you’re not fussed about reheating but want an extra kick of chocolate and caffeine, you could pep things up by adding more chocolate chips or drizzling some melted chocolate over your slice.

Incorporate these make-ahead, storing and reheating tips intelligently into your snacking cake experience and I assure you that each bite will feel like an explosion of heavenly flavors that will hit the spot perfectly.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A treat for coffee and chocolate lovers alike
A treat for coffee and chocolate lovers alike

Now that you have the ingredients, and you’re ready to start baking, let me share some tips to ensure that your Mocha Snacking Cake turns out perfectly moist, rich and irresistible.

Firstly, it is important to take note of the recipe measurements accurately. Baking is rather scientific, and it requires a fair amount of precision. Even slight deviations from the recipe ingredient ratios can affect the final outcome of your cake.

It’s also advisable to follow the sequence in combining the ingredients as indicated in the recipe. Do not be tempted to cut corners or rush through it. Each step of the process is carefully designed for a specific purpose, and altering it may result in undesirable consequences such as uneven mixture or poor texture.

It’s crucial to use fresh ingredients and those within their expiry dates, especially baking powder and baking soda. If these dry ingredients are old or stale, they will not be effective in making your cake rise or turn out light and fluffy.

Another tip for this Mocha Snacking Cake recipe would be to preheat your oven before starting preparation. This guarantees that once you’re ready to bake, you’ll have an already heated oven that will make setting up your cake batter easier.

When adding dry ingredients such as flour mixture into the wet ingredient mixture (such as butter, eggs and sugar), mix slowly with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until just combined. Over-mixing here can lead to tougher texture as air pockets will be lost during baking.

Lastly, do not overbake or underbake the cake; follow the recipe timings strictly. Use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake to check if it has cooked through; if it comes out clean, you know it’s ready!

Follow these steps correctly, and you’ll have a perfect Mocha Snacking Cake that will leave everyone asking for seconds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha snacking cake recipe is the ideal treat for anyone who is looking for a rich, moist, and indulgent cake that requires little effort to make. Whether you are a novice or an experienced baker, this recipe is easy to follow through and sure to impress anyone who partakes of it.

With its perfect balance of cocoa powder, brewed coffee, and all-purpose flour, this cake quick bake needs frosting. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you can add some variations like chocolate chips, peppermint mocha, banana, or zucchini to the mix.

To take the taste of this snack cake recipe to the next level, I recommend pairing it with a cup of hot coffee or tea. Furthermore, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 days or store it in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.

Lastly, whether you are catering to a large group or indulging in a personal snack, this recipe is sure not to disappoint. So why not try out this delicious mocha snacking cake recipe today and indulge your taste buds in its decadent sweetness?

Mocha Snacking Cake

Mocha Snacking Cake Recipe

Tasty and moist! Tastes a lot like chocolate cake as the coffee flavor doesn't come through super strongly. From: Canadian Living, Make it Tonight.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 276.1 kcal


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups brewed coffee, chilled (strong)


  • Make 1 1/3 cups of coffee. Chill until cool.
  • Grease and flour an 8-inch (2L) square metal cake pan.
  • In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until incorporated. Stir in vanilla.
  • In separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with coffee (make 2 additions of dry ingredients and 1 of coffee). Beat until almost smooth. Scrape into prepared pan; spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350F (180C) in center of oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 45 to 57 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 96gCalories: 276.1kcalCarbohydrates: 41.6gProtein: 4gFat: 11.9gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 58.1mgSodium: 287.8mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 25.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Birthday, Canadian, Dessert
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