Easy Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Coffee Cake

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

The best soft, moist, quick and easy chocolate coffee cake recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with chocolate frosting and espresso ganache.

Servings: 9 Slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, coffee cake, easy cake, espresso cake, ganache cake
Calories: 1023 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Brewed black coffee Strong, Room temperature, Not boiling hot
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Chocolate buttercream frosting
Espresso Ganache
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips Variety


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.

  2. In another mixing bowl, add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 

  3. Dump dry flour mixture into this wet mixture and mix until just combined.

  4. Pour batter into 2 greased/ floured round cake pans (Dimensions 8x2).

  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

  6. Allow the cakes to cool down completely.

  7. While the cakes are baking, prepare the chocolate frosting, as per the recipe above but make sure to also add 1 tbsp espresso powder. 

  8. Also, make the ganache: In a microwave- safe bowl, add chocolate chips, heavy cream, espresso powder and butter. Heat in the microwave at 30 second increments, mixing after each interval. Continue doing this until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.

  9. Start assembling: Place one cake on a cake stand.

  10. Spread frosting on top.

  11. Place the other cake on top of the frosting and gently press it to secure it. 

  12. Then, frost the entire cake in chocolate frosting.

  13. Use the back of a spatula to design a diagonal pattern all around the cake.

  14. Pour espresso ganache on top of the cake and use a spatula to spread it out and allow it to drip a little along the sides.

  15. Toss a variety of chocolate chips on top of the cake for decoration. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1023 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 770mg 32%
Potassium 440mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 144g 48%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 114g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 14.3%
Iron 21.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.