Mocha Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze

Mocha Coffee Cake with Espresso Glaze Photo: Con Poulos; Stylist: Tiziana Agnello


  • Cake:
  • 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
  • Glaze:
  • 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.

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  • This recipe makes a rich, moist cake. It tastes even better the next day.
  • Yield: Makes 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 359
Fat per serving: 10g
Saturated fat per serving: 6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 62g
Fiber per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 68mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 223mg
Calcium per serving: 43mg

Good to Know

Caffeine may help protect brain cells from the damage that causes Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. And the antioxidants in coffee could help prevent liver disease.