Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
45 Mins
Makes 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Love this cake!

February 23, 2017
 I love this cake, and have made it several times. I'm not sure why other reviewers found it to be bland. I follow the cake recipe exactly (except I use light sour cream instead of fat free), and it is always a moist and flavorful cake with a good balance of coffee and chocolate. I serve it as a dessert, instead of breakfast. The only other change I make is that I make either a mocha or chocolate glaze, instead of the espresso glaze.

CRH123's Review

February 21, 2014
Im not sure i would ever make this again. i should have read the one review it does have. It is quite boring actually. I wondered perhaps if i should've added coffee extract to the mix. Its a beautiful cake and i really expected a stronger coffee flavor but its almost tasteless even with the cocoa. and PS DO NOT use cooking spray to grease the pan...i shouldve known that you ALWAYS use vegetable shortening & flour. The cake stuck to the pan with the cooking spray.

Patty123's Review

August 01, 2011
I did not put the glaze on - which generally would make me not rate it - just powdered sugar as the glaze seemed so dessert instead fo breakfast - but this was one boring coffee cake - maybe it HAS to sit for 24 hours for any mocha flavor to develope? I will not be trying to fine out - how can sour cream, coffee and coco powder be so boring?