Crowd Pleasing Mocha Chocolate Cake

A mocha chocolate cake full of decadent flavor is just what the doctor ordered. I don’t care what the diagnosis is… this cake is the remedy! Not only is it delicious, it’s easy to make.

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The trick to this fantastic looking cake is a packaged cake mix. That’s what makes it so easy! Add some leftover coffee and you’re on the way to greatness.

Now, if you have a great chocolate cake from scratch recipe that you love, by all means, use that. I’m just not that good at scratch baking. No matter how hard I try. So I rely on the #ConvenienceCooking of packaged cake mixes. And let’s face it, there are some really good ones on the market.

And since I usually have at least a cup of left over coffee around the house, it’s easy for me to add some to the batter. If you don’t have left over coffee, this is your excuse to brew a pot!  Mocha Chocolate Cake from

I made this mocha chocolate cake with the intention of taking it to a family gathering. Since traveling with cakes, even in your own vehicle and only 20 minutes down the road is nearly a guarantee your cake will slide off the pretty plate, I used my trusty old Tupperware cake carrier. As you can see from the picture above.

I don’t know if they still make this great carrier, but my mom had one in the 1970s and I obtained mine in the 1990s. Let me tell you, we each have used the heck out of our carriers. Turn them upside down and they make a great air tight storage container for cookies and chips and all sorts of things!

At any rate, this mocha chocolate cake was a hit.  A few people even had a second slice. You know you’ve got a winning recipe when people go back for additional servings.

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Take this cake to gatherings that include coffee lovers, you’ll be the most popular person in the room! I served it with an extra drizzle (very generous drizzle, I might add) as you can see above. That probably upped the calorie count quite a bit.

If you want to top your cake with ice cream or even a light whipped cream, you’ll be making some friends.

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Mocha Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 16 oz Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup Coffee Grounds
  • 1/3 cup Cooking Oil
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Coffee

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Recipe Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or according to package directions.
  2. Prepare cake pan by greasing the bottom and sides with butter or spraying with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and coffee grounds.
  4. Add wet ingredients: Oil, Eggs, Coffee. (use cooled to room temperature coffee, not hot)
  5. Mix well, pour into prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted to cake comes out clean. Adjust according to package directions for cake pan and altitude specifics.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then invert to serving plate. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Top with icing and serve.

Approximate Nutritional Information:

Servings per Recipe: 12, Calories: 352, Fat 14g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 299mg, CarbsL 1g, Protein: 5g.

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Crowd Pleasing Mocha Chocolate Cake — 36 Comments

  1. Chocolate cake is one of my son in law’s favorite dishes, with coffee a close second. I have to make this recipe for him!

  2. wow this cake looks so good I love chocolate and mocha cakes so for sure I will try yoru recipe soon. And that white milky lamp is just like my grandmothers you brought me so many good memories.

  3. I’m going to need you to move closer to me so that we can share this together EVERY DAY!! Chocolate and coffee are my weakness.. they are the perfect flavor combination and when you cover that in all of that amazing icing .. how could this not be the most perfect cake on the planet???

    • Heather,
      I’m thinking if we lived closer together, we’d share more than cake and coffee and chocolate! — Dogs, walks, beaches, just for starters!

  4. My mom used to have one of those cake carriers too. I don’t know what ever happened to it, but she used it for EVERYTHING whenever there wasn’t cake inside. LOL. This cake sounds delicious and is certainly worthy of a special cake carrier. 🙂

  5. This looks so delicious that I wanna eat that sliced piece with extra drizzle!!! Coffee based cakes are my weakness and your version is definitely easier to make and please everyone in a party or a simple nosh with a cup of joe.

    • That extra drizzle was a bit much, you think? …NAH!
      #ConvenienceCooking is what I’m all about – there’s plenty of time & place for fancy cooking – but day by day – you just need to get it done. Even with Cake.

  6. What a great way to heighten the flavor of store bought cake box mix. Love the semi homemade recipes as they save so much time and you can also alter the flavor based on your mood. Absolutely love the drizzle on the cake.

    • Sandhya, I like to think of box/packages as a jumping off point for a meal. They do make life so much easier! But it doesn’t take a lot of effort to turn it into something special.

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