Indulge in a Slice of Heavenly Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake

Hey there coffee lovers! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for a delectable Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake. Trust me; this cake will leave your taste buds tingling with joy!

As a barista, I understand how essential the morning cup of coffee is to most people. For many of us, it sets the tone for our day and jumpstarts our energy levels. Now imagine having that same invigorating feeling in dessert form – this is precisely what my Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake delivers.

This recipe is straightforward, yet it manifests an array of flavors that are perfect for all coffee and chocolate enthusiasts out there. The exquisite blend of chocolate, almonds, and instant coffee makes this cake a delicious treat that showcases variety and profitability.

So brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee, sit back and come delight yourself in creating an indulgent cake that is sure to impress everyone around you. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake
Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake

Are you a fan of chocolate and almonds? Then, this recipe is perfect for you! Our Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake recipe is a delicious treat that showcases a variety of profitable flavors – from the rich chocolatey flavor to the nutty almond taste.

This recipe uses a combination of plain yogurt and eggs, which provides the cake a fluffy texture. The vanilla and sugar also enhance the cake’s sweetness. Additionally, adding almonds makes it crunchy, while cocoa powder adds some depth to the flavor. To give it an extra kick, we added instant coffee powder and cinnamon.

But what makes this cake special is that it features semi-sweet chocolate chips that melt in your mouth with every bite. And if that’s not enough to entice you, we also incorporated dark chocolate glaze with almond paste to provide an unexpected but delightful burst of flavor.

What makes this coffee cake stand-out is its versatility. It can serve as a morning treat or an actual dessert after dinner. For those who prefer a milder coffee taste, cut or eliminate instant espresso from the recipe, yet still enjoy a satisfying almond-flavored dessert.

We are confident that Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake is one of the moistest and flavorful cakes you will ever experience! This recipe makes creativity accessible in your kitchen while ensuring effortless preparations. Try our fantastic recipe now, and you’ll never look at plain coffee cakes the same way again!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate!
A slice of heaven on a plate!

Here is a rundown of the ingredients you will need to whip up this delicious Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake recipe:

Wet Ingredients

  • Plain Yogurt – You will need 1 cup of plain yogurt to give your cake that rich, tangy flavor.
  • Eggs – The recipe calls for 2 large eggs separated. Don’t skip separating the egg whites from the yolks; it helps achieve the perfect texture and consistency.
  • Vanilla – Use 1 teaspoon of vanilla to add a sweet, delicate flavor to your cake batter.
  • Sugar – You will need both granulated sugar and brown sugar for this recipe. You will need sugar 2 times, with amounts of 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup respectively.
  • Butter – You’ll need unsalted butter for this recipe. Use 1/2 cup for the cake batter and another tablespoon to coat the baking tin.

Dry Ingredients

  • Salt – Add a pinch or two of salt to bring out the flavors in your recipe.
  • Baking Powder – To give your cake that fluffy texture, you’ll need 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Baking Soda – Use 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to help lift your cake batter and make it rise perfectly.
  • All-Purpose Flour – For this recipe, you’ll need 2 cups of all-purpose flour sifted twice.
  • Cinnamon – Add a dash of cinnamon (around 1/4 teaspoon) to enhance the taste of your cake batter.

Cocoa Flavor

  • Instant Coffee Powder or Instant Espresso if available – To add depth and richness to your chocolate flavor, coffee is a must-have ingredient in this recipe! Use 2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder (or instant espresso if available).
  • Cocoa Powder – You will need 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips – Use 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to add extra sweetness and texture to your coffee cake.
  • Almonds – To achieve the iconic almond-chocolate flavor combination, you will need blanched almonds to make the almond paste. Plus, you can use toasted almonds as a garnish or even fold them into your cake mix for more crunch.

Optional ingredients

  • Chocolate Almond Topping – For a decadent finish to your cake, you can use chocolate almond ganache, made with dark chocolate and espresso, as a topping.
  • Café Mocha Glaze – Alternatively, you could finish off your cake with a sweet Espresso Mocha glaze made with powdered sugar and brewed coffee.

Remember, if you don’t have all of these ingredients at home, don’t worry! There are plenty of substitutions and variations available that won’t affect the taste or texture of your cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolate and almonds are such a delicious combo!
Chocolate and almonds are such a delicious combo!

Now that we have introduced the recipe and discussed why you will love it, it’s time to get into the details of how to make this delectable Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with butter, or line it with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of unsalted butter and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Next, beat in 3 large eggs (separated), one at a time, followed by 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Add in 1 cup of plain yogurt and mix well.

Step 4: Create Chocolate-Almond Mixture

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of instant espresso or espresso powder. Then add in melted butter (from step 3) to form a paste.

Step 5: Combine All Ingredients

Add wet ingredients (the mixture from step 3) to the dry ingredients mixture (from step 2). Stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate-almond mixture (from step 4), almond paste, and 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Step 6: Bake and Serve

Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan. Top up with 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped, if desired. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean after insertion. Once done, let it cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

This almond chocolate coffee cake is sure to impress any crowd, and now that you know how to make it you can enjoy it any time you want!

Substitutions and Variations

 This cake will make your coffee taste even better.
This cake will make your coffee taste even better.

If you want to switch things up with this chocolate almond coffee cake recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to create a unique twist on this classic treat. Here are a few ideas:

– Swap in different types of nuts: Instead of using sliced almonds, try incorporating chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts for extra crunch and flavor.

– Change up the chocolate: Semi-sweet chocolate chips are used in this recipe, but you can switch them out for dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips if you prefer. Or, use chunks of high-quality chocolate instead of chips for a richer, more decadent flavor.

– Experiment with the coffee flavor: Instant coffee powder is added to the cake batter to give it that iconic coffee flavor. But feel free to experiment with different flavors of instant coffee or espresso powder to find your perfect match.

– Add some fruit: To lighten things up a bit, try adding fresh or frozen berries to the batter. Blueberries and raspberries are great choices and add a burst of color and sweetness that complements the rich chocolatey flavor.

– Make it gluten-free: If you’re avoiding gluten, swap the all-purpose flour for an equal amount of almond flour or a gluten-free baking mix. Just keep in mind that these substitutions may affect the texture and rise of the cake.

– Try a different frosting: This cake doesn’t have frosting, but if you’d like to add some extra sweetness, consider topping it with a simple cream cheese frosting or whipped cream. Or, drizzle melted dark or white chocolate over the top for an extra indulgent touch.

With these easy substitutions and variations, you can make this classic almond chocolate coffee cake recipe your own and create a delicious treat that showcases your unique creativity and taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Layers of chocolate and almond goodness.
Layers of chocolate and almond goodness.

: This chocolate almond coffee cake is a rich, flavorful treat that showcases a variety of delicious ingredients. It’s the perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch spread, and it pairs perfectly with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

To serve this cake, I recommend dusting it with a bit of cocoa powder or powdered sugar for a touch of elegance. It also tastes great with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.

For pairing, you can never go wrong with serving this cake alongside a steaming cup of coffee. The combination of chocolate and coffee flavors is irresistible, and will leave your guests asking for more.

If you’re looking to mix things up, consider pairing this cake with some fresh fruit like berries, sliced peaches or even some tropical fruits like mango or pineapple will really elevate the flavors. The brightness and acidity of the fruit will complement the rich flavors of the cake perfectly.

You could also try pairing this cake with some toasted almond and coconut granola for added texture and flavor. Or even serving it with some chai tea to create a cozy experience that’s perfect for chilly mornings.

No matter how you serve it, this almond chocolate coffee cake is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Its rich chocolatey flavor profile makes it the perfect balance when paired with other items on your menu while adding variety and profitability to your offerings.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A perfect dessert for coffee lovers.
A perfect dessert for coffee lovers.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re all about efficiency in the kitchen! That’s where the make-ahead and storing tips come in handy. If you want to make this cake ahead of time, I recommend baking it the day before serving. It actually tastes better the next day. Once it has cooled to room temperature, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, then store it in a cool, dry place.

Alternatively, if you want to store any leftovers, this cake can easily be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Before serving, make sure to let it sit out and come back to room temperature for optimal flavor.

Finally, reheat with style! You can easily warm up individual slices by wrapping them loosely in foil, placing on a baking sheet and baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Or wrap the whole thing loosely with foil and heat it up in a preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.

Just remember that reheating will never quite recapture the same fresh-baked taste, but it’s still very much enjoyable!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rich, decadent and totally worth the calories!
Rich, decadent and totally worth the calories!

First off, let me just say that this almond-chocolate coffee cake recipe is an excellent way to showcase your baking skills to family and friends. However, there are a few things you should know before diving into your recipe.

Here are some tips for achieving perfect results every time:

1. Use High-Quality Ingredients: Always use high-quality ingredients, including fresh eggs, unsalted butter, and pure vanilla extract. The key to getting optimal taste and texture from any cake recipe is quality ingredients.

2. Sifting flour: Sifting flour helps in removing lumps from the flour and adds air to the mixture, making the cake light and airy. Sift the flour twice so it gets properly blended.

3. Room temperature ingredients: Make sure all necessary ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. If some of your ingredients are too cold or too hot, your cake won’t turn out as it should.

4. Chocolate Chips: For extra richness and decadence, try using semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in the recipe instead of milk chocolate.

5. Instant Coffee Powder: Instant coffee powder not only enhances the flavor but also intensifies the chocolate flavor in the cake.

6. Pan Preparation: Make sure you prepare your baking pan by greasing it with butter or oil to avoid sticking.

7. Oven Temperature: Baking a cake requires precise temperature control. Set your oven to 350°F/180°C before you preheat it for at least 10 minutes before adding your batter

8. Check doneness of Cake: Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake after 45-50 minutes of baking to check whether it is fully cooked or not. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready!

By following these tips, you can be confident that you will come up with an almond-chocolate coffee cake that everyone will love!


Before we wrap up this article, let’s address some frequently asked questions about this delicious Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake. Whether you’re curious about ingredient substitutions, storage tips, or the flavor profile of this delightful treat, we’ve got you covered. So let’s dive in!

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

A special feature that distinguishes coffee cakes from other cakes is their streusel topping, which is coupled with a lack of frosting. Typically, they are not fully frosted, but may have a light glaze on the surface. Additionally, coffee cakes can be found with sweet fillings like fruits, nuts or chocolate, or even have a swirl of streusel within them.

What does coffee do to chocolate cake?

When making a chocolate cake, I recommend adding a small amount of coffee to intensify the chocolatey taste. However, if you prefer not to use coffee, simply replace it with water. Alternatively, you can use a teaspoon of espresso powder with 1 cup of water instead of a full cup of coffee. This substitution will still produce the desired result.

What makes coffee cake taste like coffee?

Coffee flavor can be incorporated into baked goods by adding instant espresso powder to the batter, which is a method commonly known among bakers.

What does coffee do to cake batter?

If you’re looking to add a more intense and flavorful taste to your cake, consider adding some coffee to the mix. You can either use coffee that you have leftover or brew a fresh pot, but make sure it has cooled down before adding to the cake mixture. Despite the coffee adding a nutty essence, it won’t overpower the overall taste of your cake, even if you’re not making a chocolate one.

Can you add coffee to chocolate box cake mix?

It’s not surprising that coffee can enhance the flavor of chocolate desserts like cake or brownies. Substituting water with coffee in your favorite chocolate mix can add a rich and delicious taste to your baked goods. Just follow the regular mixing and baking instructions, and enjoy the chocolatey goodness!

Bottom Line

So, now that you have the recipe to make this delicious almond-chocolate coffee cake, I urge you to give it a try. Trust me; you won’t be able to get enough of the rich chocolatey flavors and the aromatic coffee aroma.

This recipe is perfect for any occasion, especially if you are looking for a sweet and indulgent treat that showcases a variety of ingredients. Whether you choose to serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, this cake is sure to impress your family and friends.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with the recipe; experiment with different ingredients and add your own twist to it. Serve it with some ice cream or whipped cream on top for an extra touch of decadence.

In conclusion, this almond-chocolate coffee cake recipe is a profitable treat that will satisfy all of your taste buds. So go ahead and indulge in this rich and delicious cake; trust me, it’s worth it!

Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake

Almond-Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

I don't remember where I found this recipe - but I jotted it down because the ingredients were a bit different. This is not an overly sweet cake, has only a little chocolate, and I love the flavor the yogurt brings.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Bakery
Calories 424.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried apricot
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups plain yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 350. Generously butter 10-inch Bundt pan or 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Combine nuts, brown sugar, morsels, cocoa, coffee granules, apricots and cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  • Beat butter in large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar and vanilla extract; beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until mixture is completely smooth. Alternately add flour mixture and yogurt; beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Pour half the batter into prepared pan. Spread half the nut mixture on top; repeat layers.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before carefully turning cake out onto rack. Serve warm with powdered sugar sifted lightly over the top, if desired.

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Serving: 104gCalories: 424.9kcalCarbohydrates: 59.1gProtein: 7.6gFat: 18.5gSaturated Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 88.7mgSodium: 425.6mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 35.5g
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