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Chocolate Coffee Cake

by Victor @ Taste of Artisan

Chocolate Coffee Cake | Taste of Artisan

Out of hundreds, even thousands of chocolate coffee cake recipes out there this one is one of my favorite by far. One bite and you will understand it. It’s perfectly sweet, moist and packs a lot of chocolate flavor.

Unlike the majority of modern chocolate coffee cakes, this one has consists of just one layer and no icing. It’s an old-fashioned kind of cake, with no frills but a rich chocolate flavor. It’s an absolute delight to have as an accompaniment to tea or coffee.

Chocolate Coffee Cake | Taste of Artisan

It’s important to not over-bake this cake, otherwise it will come out dry. I’ve made this cake more than a dozen times over the past few years and so far it hasn’t been an issue – I’ve pulled it out after exactly 40 minutes of baking and and it was soft, delicate and moderately moist.

Chocolate Coffee Cake | Taste of Artisan

Chocolate Coffee Cake

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked sweets, cake, chocolate cake, flour confections, sweet
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Victor


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate good quality
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the garnish:

  • 1/2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp chocolate shavings optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Melt the chocolate using water bath method. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar. Add the melted chocolate, egg yolks and beat well.
  • Stir in dry ingredients and milk alternately.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks are formed. Fold into the batter.
  • Transfer into a greased 9" spring form and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a stick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry.
  • Let the cake cool slightly, garnish with powdered sugar and chocolate shavings (optionally), and serve.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2.1mg


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Kevin May 15, 2018 - 11:34 pm

This simple chocolate coffee cake is a real gem. The cake tasted fabulous. Many thanks for this great recipe.

victor May 17, 2018 - 1:19 pm

You are very welcome. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

melissa February 25, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Does this cake need to be refrigerated or will it keep at room temp?

victor February 25, 2018 - 5:01 pm

Melissa, it doesn’t have to be refrigerated but I always do as it keeps better that way and tastes fresher and stays moist longer. If you don’t refrigerate, keep it in a sealed container to keep it moist

Angela February 24, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Made this chocolate coffee cake today and loved it! Not too sweet and has a wonderful chocolate flavor. I used good quality 65% cocoa chocolate. I don’t think it needs any cream cheese frosting.

victor February 25, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Angela. Good quality chocolate makes this cake shine.

Trish February 22, 2018 - 4:54 am

Great recipe. I added cream cheese frosting on top and I think it made it taste the cake even better. I like how easy it was to make. Thanks for sharing.

victor February 22, 2018 - 10:58 am

I hear you. Cream cheese frosting makes any cake taste better 馃槈

Jacob February 1, 2018 - 9:40 am

Yum! That looks like what my grandma used to make. Plain and simple yet delicious.

John D. January 30, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Simple and tasty – my kind of cake.

Ree January 30, 2018 - 2:14 am

Simple and delicious! Will be making again.

victor January 30, 2018 - 6:10 am

Thank for the feedback!

Marcy January 27, 2018 - 7:56 pm

This chocolate cake reminded me the one that my grandma used to make. I never had her recipe but this one is pretty close.

Tina January 25, 2018 - 3:05 pm

This is now my favorite coffee cake recipe. Very tasty and so easy to make. My husband liked it a lot and he is a picky eater.