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Coffee-Chocolate Cake Recipe

Coffee-Chocolate Cake Recipe

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, milk, coffee, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • 2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add enough milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 859 calories, 36g fat (13g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 621mg sodium, 133g carbohydrate (109g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Coffee-Chocolate Cake

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Cinta User ID: 8142907 214204
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I just discovered this recipe a few days ago and decided to gv it a try. Since i dont have 2 pcs of a 9 inch round pan, so i poured all in just 1pc of 9 inch round pan. It took almost 1 hr to bake and the result was a cracked cake in the middle, slightly hardened on its top. The cake how ever was fluffy and very moist. Everyone loves it. So, i was wondering if it was becoz i poured all the batter into just 1 baking dish or could i hv done anythg else that was wrong to have my cake cracked like tht. I had the oven at the right temp. I only reduced the baking soda to 1 tsp as i felt 2 tsp was too much. Can anyone help me? I am thinking of using perhaps a 10 inch round baking dish the next time i bake this wonderful cake.pls help me...anyone..?"

Meal Mom User ID: 5825023 97167
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"While I have not tried this frosting, the recipe for the cake is the same as The recipe has never failed to produce a light, moist, chocolatey cake. If buttercream is too rich, try the other recipe which has a cooked flour/milk icing that is lovely."

Meal Mom User ID: 5825023 135921
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"While I have not used this frosting, the cake recipe is the same as another moist chocolate cake recipe on this site. It is the best recipe and I have never ever had any dryness. I saw this in the magazine in 1993 and have impressed people with it many times. I love the fact that it is from scratch. Great if I don't have a box mix handy!"

susiewho User ID: 6491832 135920
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"suprisingly wonderful! If you like a light and not overly sweet cake, this is it! I had my doubts on the frosting, but it turned out perfect!"

alrebhi User ID: 1933321 47669
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Finally! A recipe thats better than a box mix. Wonderfully chocolatey and moist. I made it with a peanut butter mousse filling."

SugarCupcakeFairy User ID: 6224514 56173
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Just fantasic!!! very moist and easy to make."

chipchip70 User ID: 1493676 55201
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"this cake is the best! I have made this cake so many times and it is requested all the time for birthdays for my kids and my friends parties. I tripled this recipe for a graduation party and it came out perfect. Everyone raves about it. yum!!"

sjagpeterson User ID: 1173795 205668
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"This cake is the bomb! It is so moist and delicious! My whole family loved it even the ones that don't like cake! We will be making this again and again! My husband already requested it for his October birthday."

RaeStel User ID: 5344175 56172
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"One of the best cakes I have made.Very moist and delicious! To change it up a little,I added cocoa to the icing."

jsouba User ID: 1788691 135918
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"soooo good!!!!!!! I also halved the frosting recipe and it was even almost too much! Big hit!"

Curdent User ID: 5413435 49326
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I made this recipe but not the icing because I was making a black forest layered cake. Wow I love this recipe and will definitely make it over and over again whenever I have a recipe that calls for a chocolate cake. I will try the buttercream icing another day. I too have been cooking for more than 32 yrs and I don't know how this moist cake could have tuned out dry for the lady who posted the failed attempt. I suggest she try it again and check her setting on her oven. Happy eating everyone."

parksville User ID: 1598935 55200
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"This cake is "spectacular" to say the least! Very moist, chocolatey and the icing really compliments the cake by not being too sweet or overpowering. Maybe the lady who found her cake dry should test her oven temperature and try it again. This recipe is a definite keeper -- excellent!"

tglumac User ID: 1806232 135917
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"The best chocolate cake I have ever made. The cake is a crowd pleaser. I have made it many times."

cjoy01 User ID: 4133896 89380
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"The best chocolate cake recipe ever! The person that said it was dry- they definitely did not measure correctly or left something out by mistake. It is impossible for this cake to be dry, have made it many times and it is ultra moist, amazing."

lucaswillisamsgrandma User ID: 4383533 128515
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"I made this cake yesterday. It was too dry. My husband I both agreed on that. We threw the rest of the cake away. I have been cooking for 32 years, since married, and I have never had a chocolate cake turn out this dry. I followed the directions exactly. It was awful."

angelgirl94 User ID: 176793 59836
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Great recipe! Cake was very moist and chocolatey. There was enough icing for two cakes. I think I'll cut that part of the recipe in half next time. Makes a great birthday cake."

kaylamg User ID: 4639728 89764
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This is the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. It is very moist and has a rich chocolate flavor. The icing is the best tasting buttercream, but I found a half recipe to make plenty of icing. This cake has been a hit at several parties and is definitely a keeper!"

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