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Coffee-Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Total Time: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes: 12 servings

This dark, moist cake is perfect for birthdays. The basic buttery frosting has an unmatchable homemade taste. With a few simple variations, you can come up with different colors and flavors.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen



  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 in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat until fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Moist Chocolate Cake in Best of Country Cakes 2003

Nutritional Facts

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


Jan. 27, 2018

First time with this recipe but it's already in the oven for almost ten minutes past the baking time -

35 minutes at 325 degrees seems off.. did anyone else have this problem?

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..?

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.

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!

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!

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.

Sep. 23, 2011

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

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!!

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.

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.


Jan. 27, 2018

First time with this recipe but it's already in the oven for almost ten minutes past the baking time -

35 minutes at 325 degrees seems off.. did anyone else have this problem?

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