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Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting Recipe

I work evenings in the operating room at our local hospital. Since getting away for meals can be difficult, we occasionally plan potlucks. I'm frequently asked to bring my "chocolate cake with the special icing". -Irene Peery Charlottesville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee or water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Cover and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir; cook 30 seconds longer or until melted.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil and egg. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until combined. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla.
  • 3. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 4. For frosting, in a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and chocolate; stir in the coffee until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Spread warm frosting over cake. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 394 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting

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tastycook1 232568
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"Wish I had read all the reviews before making this recipe. The icing is awesome but, like many others , we found the cake itself to be a little dry. I love the idea of adding some sour cream to the mix. The only thing I added was a teaspoonful of powdered espresso instant coffee to the cake mixture. Will try it again with some small changes."

Bushra26 221181
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Really enjoyed the results, just now got a call , and we have guests coming over, I already started making the cake not knowing that I do not have chocolate, any advice for a substitute , will Cocoa work?"

emilyaf 221050
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"It is delicious and I keep making it for special occasions. But I cannot seem to get the frosting to work correctly..."

SmittySmittySmitty 107186
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"I made these for my childen affer they came in from critter catchin, and oh golly did they much these up!! Something that I added (for a little cick to the snack) is a dollop of buuter... deeelicious!!"

TheSensibleMom 107145
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I made this cake today with a couple modifications. I used grapeseed oil instead of canola oil, and for the buttermilk, I used an almond milk and vinegar mixture. The cake turned out great, and we all enjoyed it for my husband's birthday! I would definitely make this cake again!"

daisylight 60946
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"Love this recipe, have been making it for years. Cake is moist, and frosting very flavorful if you use coffee. Making it today for my son's birthday."

1275 67255
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"I can't say I tried the whole recipe- I only tried the icing part and made my favorite chocolate cake recipe for it. The icing is a nice change from very sugary icings and is pretty easy. If you do not have cornstarch on hand you can try doubling that amount and using flour instead- it works great. The icing makes the cake seem extra-moist and is so yummy!"

kengrants 130868
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"The cake was moist and pretty good, but I've had better. The frosting however, is amazing! I will use this frosting on a better cake next time."

dianabmac 135099
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Very good recipe, very moist. For those of you who said this recipe was dry, try sifting your flour then measure out by spooning into measuring cup and level off with spoon."

tadesonb 131608
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I doubled this recipe for an adult birthday & it was amazing! The cake itself was fantastic -- not too sweet & nicely moist. The icing was delicious (used strong coffee instead of hot water). My sisters asked for the recipe. Definitely becomes a "favourite" in my recipe box."

cariley 56492
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"This is a nice little chocolate cake, and is a great size for two people. Sometimes I throw a handful of tasted pecans or walnuts on top."

cmm_bama 57658
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"This was the best fudge icing I have ever had honestly. I made it with 3 Tbs. of cocoa plus 1 Tbs. of oil instead of the chocolate and also used the other moist chocolate cake recipe on this site that didn't have an icing in the recipe, since many reviewers said this cake was a bit dry. This served with vanilla ice cream tasted like hot fudge cake and was completely eaten and everyone was asking me for the recipe. Will definitely be making again and again."

lizeck 56491
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"This was great! My husband loved it and was glad the kids weren't here. I added 4 oz. of sour cream to also to the mix. The cake was very moist. We loved it. I will definitely make it again."

angiemcdougal 77578
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"The frosting is awesome and I would make it agian, but for a different cake. The cake was a little on the dry side. Thanks for sharing this receipe! ;0))"

Joscy 91084
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"This cake is a favorite of ours, and just the right size for two. Making it Sunday, 8/23/09, for our 34th wedding anniversary."

brandijessiman 138459
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"This cake is delicious. I used all-purpose flour because I didn't have cake flour. The cake turned out to be so moist and the frosting is one of the best frosting I've ever had!"

daisylight 205875
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2009 Edited Jul. 10, 2013

"This cake is a favorite of mine. I have made it for years. The cake is moist and delicious and the frosting makes it even better!"

Sprowl 57656
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2008

"I found the cake nothing special, but the frosting is special!"

bakingmad 130867
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2008

"We found the cake itself to be a bit on the dry side, but the frosting is, indeed, special! It is easy to make and is as glossy as it looks in the above photo. I use the frosting for my smaller cakes and as a filling between cake layers. It sets up quickly, so I make separate batches if I am using it as a filling and as a glaze for the top layer, too."

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