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How to Make Coffee Cake: Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

If you like coffee, you will love this chocolate coffee cake recipe. Because the combination of aromatic beans and cocoa is simply unbeatable for fans of brown beans! I prepared the batter for this recipe with strong espresso instead of milk. The cake is crowned with a creamy chocolate-coffee glaze.

The result is beautifully rich and moist – did I mention that I love moist cakes? In addition to espresso and melted chocolate, almonds also contribute to the consistency.

For a hazelnut coffee cake you can replace them with nuts. I love the subtle, aromatic mocha taste, which is further enhanced by the caramel cane sugar. The cane sugar brings a great aroma of its own to the juicy chocolate-coffee cake, as well as to many other sponge cakes.

I generally like to use less refined sugar for baking, sometimes substituting with coconut blossom sugar and other alternative sweeteners. The milk chocolate is also sweetened with raw cane sugar.

coffee cake recipe

Coffee chocolate cake recipe

I prefer to buy fair trade Arabica beans, organic milk chocolate and fair brown sugar. Then you at least have a bit of a clear conscience when enjoying the coffee and chocolate cake 🙂

If you like it tart, you can also choose a dark variant for the chocolate espresso cake. The icing on the cake with chocolate is the creamy chocolate and coffee glaze. For this I have refined a classic ganache with a strong espresso. As a decoration (and for a tiny crunchy effect) you can sprinkle the coffee cake with chocolate shavings or mocha bean crunch.

By the way: If you like coffee in general, you should definitely click on my other recipes with the brown beans – starting with the gingerbread from the tin, the walnut cake, the protein muffins and the classic tiramisu.

This moist chocolate cake with coffee is wonderfully aromatic and delicious. If you like mocha, you will love the chocolate espresso cake!

Recipe notes:

Preparation: 25 mins
Baking time: 35 mins
Waiting period: 15 minutes.
Quantity: 1 small springform pan (20 cm)


For the dough:

For the glaze:

Coffee cake preparation:

Make a strong espresso and measure out 150 ml. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt in the hot coffee. Put aside. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees top and bottom heat. Grease a small springform pan (approx. 20 cm).

Cream the softened butter with the cane sugar. Mix in the eggs well one at a time. Mix flour with almonds, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir briefly but vigorously into the egg mixture, alternating with the chocolate espresso.

Pour the batter into the mold and smooth out. Bake the cake for about 35-40 minutes.

While the cake is in the oven, heat the cream and espresso in a small saucepan for the chocolate-coffee icing. Finely chop the chocolate. Stir into the hot cream and let it melt.

Beat the ganache until smooth. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

Let the baked cake cool down and cover with the ganache. Decorate with chocolate shavings and/or chopped mocha beans, if you like.

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This recipe works well for small single-serve glasses filled with delicious cake dough but you can also bake the dough in cupcake moulds.

For the dough:


Grease 16 heat-proof small glasses with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees top/bottom heat (160 degrees fan oven).

Cream the butter with the sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix the egg yolks with the instant coffee until dissolved. Add to the butter and mix well. Add cinnamon and orange zest. Sift in half of the flour and baking powder and mix in.

In a grease-free bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, adding the sugar. Pour onto the dough, sift in the remaining flour and gently fold in everything. Finally, add the chopped chocolate and fold in.

Pour the batter into the glasses in equal portions of about 55 g each and smooth out. Place the jars on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, do a chopstick test!

Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and let cool. Pour out of the glasses, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

FAQ about this coffee cake recipe

Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

Yes, this recipe calls for real brewed coffee but you can also substitute with decaffeinated coffee.

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