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Mocha Coffee Cake is swirled with chocolate and topped with an espresso crumb topping. The Kahlua ganache makes it absolutely irresistible.

Mocha Coffee Cake has an espresso crumb topping with a Kalhua ganache. Each bite is heavenly!

If you’ve ever taken a few minutes to look at my recipe index, you know that my cake section is kind of lacking. It’s not that I don’t love cake because trust me, I love to eat cake, I just don’t always love to make cake.

I have a few of my favorites like this recipe for The Best Chocolate Cake and this Pumpkin Crunch Cake that we make again and again. But every so often, I get the urge to step outside of my comfort zone and make something completely different. And that’s exactly what happened with this Mocha Coffee Cake.

Mocha Coffee Cake will make your morning the best ever. Save another slice for an afternoon treat!

I came across this recipe last year on Epicurious and it immediately flew to the top of my must-bake list. In fact, I’ve made it several times since, and it never disappoints. But it definitely takes a little effort.

Reading through the ingredient list might make you shy away at first glance, but I promise this Mocha Coffee Cake recipe is pretty simple once you break the steps down. It’s the perfect cake to bake up on a lazy fall afternoon when you have nowhere to be except the kitchen.

Mocha Coffee Cake is sure to give you an epic, show-stopping brunch. A slice of this and a cup of coffee will make your day!

Mocha Coffee Cake starts with a delicious batter that includes cinnamon, cardamon and strong brewed coffee. The batter is layered with a scrumptious chocolate swirl and topped with an espresso crumb topping. And if the mention of the crumb topping doesn’t have you scanning your pantry for the list of ingredients, how about the Kahlua ganache that gets drizzled over the cake once it’s cooled?

I mean, this is one serious cake trifecta, and you’re going to love every single bite. Especially if you’re a chocolate and coffee fan. This cake, people. THIS CAKE.

Mocha Coffee Cake is worth the effort. Perfect for the chocolate and coffee fan.

For more delicious cake recipes, be sure to check out this Caramel Apple Cake and this Date Cake here on My Baking Addiction.

Mocha Coffee Cake is swirled with chocolate and topped with an espresso crumb topping. The Kahlua ganache makes it absolutely amazing.

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  1. Kaylynne says:

    This sounds amazing!
    I’m thinking of making it for this year’s Christmas dessert!

    Quick question – can it be made ahead of time? Will it keep under a cloche or in the fridge? (My kitchen is usually such a mess from cooking dinner, I try to have dessert made ahead so I don’t have to wade through the chaos just to make something sweet to top off the evening!)

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  2. Danijela says:

    This looks like a dream!

  3. Michelle Hayes says:

    It looks almost too good to eat, (almost). I would LOVE someone to make this for me! But that’s probably not gonna happen for me. Of course, I’d like to be there, cause I have a couple questions with the building the layers, crumb topping, etc.

  4. Heidi says:

    The recipe isn’t showing up on my iPad.  It’s just a lot of blank space where it would be.  I tried clicking on your link to Epicurious, but it just takes me to a recipe for Coffee Coffee Cake. I tried searching the site and I can’t find it.  Can you send me the recipe?  I’d really love to try it.  Thanks!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, we’ve fixed the glitch.

  5. The Reader's Tales says:

    Wow ! I will definitely make this cake. The recipe sounds delicious and the photos are amazing ; )

    1. Jamie says:

      Thank you!

  6. Al says:

    WOW! amazing…i’m drooling just looking at the photo.
    I don’t have baking or cooking talent but I love food!

    I am gonna make this and it will be my first so I am very excited. :)

    Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. Jamie says:

      Let me know how it goes, Al!