Mocha Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze

This recipe makes a rich, moist cake. It tastes even better the next day.


Makes 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 359
Fat 10 g
Satfat 6 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 62 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 223 mg
Calcium 43 mg


Baking spray with flour
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
10 tablespoon unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream (at room temperature)
3/4 cup strong freshly brewed coffee
Sugared coffee beans:
3 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 tablespoon honey
12 whole coffee beans
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons espresso powder combined with 3 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlúa), optional


1. Heat oven to 350° with rack in the center. Lightly coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray; set aside.

2. To make cake: Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl, whisking well; set aside. Place butter in a separate bowl; beat with an electric mixer at medium-low speed, until soft and creamy. Add sugar; beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with sour cream first, then coffee. Stir well with rubber spatula; scrape any batter at the bottom to combine.

3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until knife tip inserted in the middle comes out clean (45-55 minutes); let cool.

4. To make sugared coffee beans: Sprinkle some superfine sugar onto a sheet of wax paper. Dip 1 coffee bean into honey, transfer wet bean to wax paper, and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Continue with the remaining coffee beans; let dry.

5. To make glaze: Combine powdered sugar, espresso powder mixture, and liqueur (if desired) in a medium bowl; stir well with a fork until smooth. Transfer cooled cake to a serving platter. Drizzle glaze generously over cake; decorate with sugared coffee beans.


Stephana Bottom,

May 2011
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