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Mocha Cake Recipe

Mocha Cake Recipe

Without a doubt, this is the best chocolate cake I've ever made. I share this decadent dessert with everyone I can!—Katherine DeLoach, Visalia, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:14-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the chocolate, coffee and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 710 calories, 34g fat (21g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 528mg sodium, 99g carbohydrate (73g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

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bunchofoats User ID: 8963476 256422
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2016

"Excellent cake recipe!! Made this for hubby's birthday and it turned out wonderful. A little on the fudgy or dense side but it's perfect since it's moist!! Definitely a keeper and could already see frequent requests in the future. The negative review here must have had a misstep in making the cake. All ingredients have to be at room temperature, and the flour and cocoa powder sifted before measuring. Prepare the coffee ahead of time to let it cool down. I used two pods of ground coffee steeped in a mug of hot water. You can probably use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for brewing for the 1 1/2 cups needed in the recipe. Butter and sugar have to be creamed for 5 minutes, eggs beaten well after each addition, about 30 seconds, and the flour and liquids not overly mixed. Batter should be fluffy. I buttered my pans, lined the bottoms with parchment cut out to fit, then buttered the parchment again and dusted the whole pan with flour. baking strips (used to wrap the baking pans) really help produce flat cake surfaces.

I brushed each cake layer with a little amount of Kahlua coffee liqueur, about a tablespoon each, but I could have used a bit more for a more discernible but still subtle flavor. Chilled each layer before icing them. For the icing I used 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar which I sifted prior to measuring and using, 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate plus 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, 3 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur plus 3 tablespoons coffee zest (I used 1/2 tablespoon instant coffee dissolved in 3 tbsp hot water). Prepare the melted chocolate ahead of time so that it cools down completely, you can also chill it briefly, before adding to the creamed butter and cream cheese, that way the icing does not turn out runny like that one reviewer mentioned. Remember to take your butter and cream cheese out of the refrigerator way ahead of time so that they're nice and soft before using them. The icing is actually delicious, similar to another recipe I have from Juniors. Didn't use all of the icing as I don't like thick icing on my cake, but I ended up taking an extra dollop anyway to slather on my slice of cake as they were gooood, not overly sweet. :) Happy baking! I hope everyone's cake turns out perfect!!"

Sonflower812 User ID: 5725362 235238
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"I have to adjust for high altitude, and I also modify the frosting slightly when I want just a mocha cake or cupcake. But this is my go-to recipe for all types of chocolate cake/cupcake variations. I absolutely love this recipe!"

canvasgirl User ID: 1326909 97656
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"I've been making this cake since I got the issue it was first printed in and it's become a family favorite. My in-laws call it the "Sin cake" because of how deliciously decadent it is and because they can't stop eating it! The presentation alone is awesome if you chill it overnight and then slice it into square slices. Everything about it, from the flavors to the texture is spot on! This cake is labor intense, but so worth it. However, after you've made it several times, you know to have coffee made and set aside, cream cheese and butter at room temp., etc. It helps to just measure out all your ingredients first, so putting it together is easier. If you need a recipe to WOW people, this one is it!"

sdeb User ID: 5934110 160079
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"I would have given this recipe 10 stars if it was based on the cake alone! OUTSTANDING cake!! I've made many cakes and this has to be the best to date! My cakes didn't take as long to cook as the directions say. They also sank (just a little) in the center but tested done with a tooth pick. The frosting on the other hand was so bitter in my opinion, I didn't use it. I even tried an additional cup of powdered sugar, needless to say, it didn't help... What a waste! If I were going to try it again, I would use 3 oz unsweetened chocolate & 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate. I made a coconut whipped cream for the filling and top (only), I find no need to frost the sides. I always put my cakes in the refrigerator over night before cutting. Much more flavorful. I hope this helps :)"

bakerbuddy2 User ID: 6743684 165996
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"Wow! what a fabulous cake this is!

I made it for my dad on Father's day, and he absolutly loved it! The frosting is one of the best things about it. I would definetly recommend this to any one."

oceanbrzzz User ID: 3184499 144613
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2012

"Outrageously delicious, a melding of chocolate, mocha and cream cheese flavors that is scrumptious! My husband's favorite."

char78 User ID: 5929899 160887
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I have made this cake many times, I have family members request it often, it is defintely the best chocolate cake I have ever had."

cara924 User ID: 2004014 88817
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"A cake so moist and tender topped with a melt-in-your-mouth rich icing. My dad requests this cake for his birthday each year. The icing is my new go-to chocolate icing recipe since it is so rich and holds shape well without sliding off and works just as well if you just remove the coffee. No substitutes needed."

cara924 User ID: 2004014 165995
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"This cake is so moist and tender and the icing is melt-in-your-mouth rich. My dad reques"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 159854
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"VERY RICH!! We had this for my birthday party and I made the mistake of eating a big piece- needless to say I had quite a tummy ache afterwards. This is a very big, very rich cake."

tabby1228 User ID: 5663223 72840
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I have made this cake several times & each time it was awesome! I have made for family and co-workers, everyone has loved it. My husband just asked me to make it for Christmas. I top cake with fresh berries & chocolate shaving. One thing refrigerate after frosting each layer for 30 min. before moving to next layer because icing is a little runny, but it is well worth the extra steps."

bakingfool2 User ID: 5447398 159853
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I've made this cake 3 times and each time it was perfect - everyone raved about it. Making it again today for my son's birthday - it's the only cake he wants."

FHOMAS User ID: 5010528 165994
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010


levithecat User ID: 1811013 92758
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"For some reason, this cake was a flop for me. The cake was too dense. The frosting batch was huge & too runny. I've made good cakes before following Taste of Home recipes."

dro1031 User ID: 4104457 72838
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Great cake! Made it for my husband last year and making again this year! The frosting is wonderful...if you are looking for a great mocha flavored cake...choose this one! You will not be dissatisfied."

vt_pure_angel User ID: 4785804 159638
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"Richer then I expected, but AMAZING! Didn't make the frosting sorry"

HelpersintheKitchen User ID: 4388797 88816
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"I made this cake for my sister's birthday and she LOVED it. My mom requested it for her birthday the next year. I added raspberries, which was delicious. Yum, yum."

gayleanna User ID: 3197466 92757
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"A great recipe for chocolate cake my whole family loves it and my husband wants it for his birthday every year now."

Turvy50 User ID: 4168179 143831
Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"I agree with 3sistersbaking. This is indeed one of the best chocolate mocha cakes, if not the best, I've ever made. It's moist, dense, deep flavor coupled with it's impressive height at completion helps it rate A+ in my book. One tip for those making it for the first time: I frost one layer at a time and refrigerate after each layer for 30 minutes until I reach the top and final frosting layer. I then finely grate the top with bittersweet chocolate and then add a few chocolate curls. As I mentioned, it's a very tasty, impressive cake."

3sistersbaking User ID: 1333913 159637
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2008

"This is one of the best chocolate coffee cakes ever!"

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