Indulge in Decadence: Chocolate-Coffee Truffle Cake Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for a heavenly dessert that will satisfy your chocolate cravings and delight your taste buds – Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake!

This cake is the perfect combination of rich, moist chocolate cake layers filled with a velvety smooth chocolate ganache infused with espresso powder for an irresistible coffee flavor. Topped with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar and chocolate truffles, this cake is not only delicious but also stunning in its presentation.

As a true chocoholic, I have tried hundreds of dessert recipes over the years, but this one has become my favorite! It is easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and is always a crowd-pleaser. Whether you are planning a birthday party or want to surprise your loved ones with a sweet treat, this cake is sure to impress.

So roll up your sleeves, grab your apron, and let’s get baking! Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake
Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake

If you’re looking for the perfect dessert that combines the richness of chocolate and the boldness of coffee, then look no further than this chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe. Here’s why you’ll love it:

Firstly, this recipe brings together two of the most adored flavors – chocolate and coffee – in a single dessert. The rich, dark chocolate combined with a shot or two of espresso creates a taste experience that is nothing short of divine.

Secondly, this cake has an incredibly soft and moist texture that will melt in your mouth with each bite. The combination of eggs, flour, sugar, and cream creates a cake that is light yet decadent.

Thirdly, this recipe is versatile and can be easily customized to suit different preferences. You can use different types of chocolate or adjust the amount of sugar to create a sweeter or more bitter taste. You could also add various toppings like fresh fruit or whipped cream.

Finally, this chocolate and coffee truffle cake is perfect for any occasion – whether you want it as a birthday cake or as a dessert to serve after dinner. It’s sophisticated enough to impress your guests but easy enough to make at home.

In summary, if you’re looking for a dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth while also tantalizing your taste buds with rich flavors and textures – this chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe is definitely worth trying out!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the richness of this decadent chocolate and coffee truffle cake.
Indulge in the richness of this decadent chocolate and coffee truffle cake.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need for this decadent chocolate and coffee truffle cake.
Chocolate Truffle Cake:

  • Granulated sugar, ¾ cup
  • All-purpose flour, 1 ½ cups
  • Cocoa powder, ¾ cup
  • Baking powder, 1 tablespoon
  • Baking soda, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Eggs, 2 large, at room temperature
  • Milk, 1 cup, at room temperature
  • Vegetable oil, ½ cup
  • Strong coffee or espresso powder, 1 tablespoon
  • Softened butter and flour or cooking spray, for the pan

Chocolate Ganache:

  • Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, 2 cups
  • Heavy cream, 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter, softened, 2 tablespoons
  • Espresso powder or strong hot coffee, 1 tablespoon

Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Truffle Cake:

  • Soft and moist chocolate cake layers
  • Cardamom-Chocolate Ganache (Recipe included):
    • Dark Chocolate, chopped (60% to 70% cacao),16 oz.
    • Heavy Cream, 2 cups (16oz.)
    • Cardamom Pods, crushed, seeds reserved from the pods of 5 or more cardamom pods
    • Sweet Chocolate chips or finely chopped sweet chocolate (4oz.)
    • Butter (4oz.), unsalted (Let it come to room temperature before making the ganache)

Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake:

  • Dark chocolate (Chopped), 8 oz.
  • Unsalted butter, cut into cubes, (room temperature)8 oz.
  • Granulated sugar, divided (3/4 cup+2tbsp.),10 tbsp.
  • Large eggs (room temperature),6no.
  • Dutch process cocoa powder, separated, 1/2 cup
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Toasted chopped almonds and dusting of confectioners’ sugar, for decoration

What difference does the type of chocolate make?

The type of chocolate used in the truffle cake will affect the flavor and texture. For best results, use high-quality chocolate around 60% to 70% cacao. The higher percentage of cacao will deliver a richer and more chocolatey taste while the lower percentage makes it milder. Also, try to avoid using low-quality baking chocolate chips as they contain less cocoa butter that will result in a less rich texture.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a bite and feel the smoothness and creaminess of the truffle filling.
Take a bite and feel the smoothness and creaminess of the truffle filling.

Step One: Preheat Oven and Prepare Cake Pans

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by greasing them with some butter and dusting them with flour.

Step Two: Melt Chocolate

Begin by melting 16 oz of dark chocolate. Use a double boiler or microwave method for melting the chocolate. Allow the melted chocolate to cool slightly before using in the recipe.

Step Three: Combine Sugar and Eggs

In another bowl, combine ¾ cup of granulated sugar and 3 eggs until well mixed.

Step Four: Add Chocolate to Sugar Mixture

Slowly add the melted chocolate to the sugar mixture, stirring continuously until well combined.

Step Five: Fold in Flour

Once everything is combined, sift 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour over the mixture and then fold it in using a spatula or whisk.

Step Six: Bake The Cake Layers

Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans, smooth the tops and tap each pan on your work surface to help flatten any air bubbles. Bake in the oven for about 25–30 minutes or until done. A toothpick inserted into the center of each cake should come out clean.

Step Seven: Prepare Ganache

While cake layers are cooling, prepare the chocolate ganache. Heat 2 cups of heavy cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of chopped dark chocolate until fully incorporated.

Step Eight: Assemble Cake Layers

Once cooled, remove both cake layers from their pans. Place first layer on cake stand or plate and spread ganache evenly over it. Place second cake layer on top of ganache, spread remaining ganache over top of second layer evenly making sure to cover sides completely.

Step Nine: Serve or Decorate

You can serve the chocolate truffle cake as it is or decorate it with some confectioners’ sugar, white chocolate or any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The glossy chocolate ganache on top adds an extra layer of indulgence to this cake.
The glossy chocolate ganache on top adds an extra layer of indulgence to this cake.

When it comes to baking, there is always room for experimentation and customization. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe.

– Flour: If you are looking for a flourless chocolate cake or want to make this cake gluten-free, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with almond flour or coconut flour. Keep in mind that these flours have different textures than regular flour, so the cake’s consistency and taste will be different.

– Sugar: The recipe calls for granulated sugar, but you can use brown sugar or coconut sugar instead for a slightly different taste. Keep in mind that the cake’s color may be darker if you use brown sugar.

– Eggs: If you want to make this an eggless dark chocolate truffle cake, you can substitute the eggs with unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana. Keep in mind that the texture of the cake may be denser with these substitutions.

– Chocolate: This recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can also use bittersweet chocolate or white chocolate for a different taste. Just keep in mind that the sweetness and flavor of the cake will change depending on the type of chocolate used.

– Coffee: The recipe uses strong coffee, but you can switch it up by using espresso or adding cardamom pods to make a delicious coffee cardamom truffle cake.

– Ganache: You can customize the ganache by adding flavors like vanilla extract or switching out heavy cream for double cream. You can also make it thinner or thicker depending on your preference.

Remember to make small substitutions at first so as not to compromise the final result. With these substitutions and variations, you can make this chocolate and coffee truffle cake truly your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of this luxurious dessert.
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a slice of this luxurious dessert.

This chocolate and coffee truffle cake is decadent and rich, making it perfect for special occasions or as a delicious indulgence any day of the week. Serve it with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar or a drizzle of chocolate ganache for an extra touch of sweetness.

For pairing, this cake goes extremely well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or espresso. Its strong coffee and chocolate flavors complement each other perfectly, creating a perfectly balanced taste that will satisfy your dessert cravings. You can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side to add a creamy and cooling touch.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pair this chocolate truffle cake with a glass of red wine, such as a rich Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. The dark fruit flavors in these wines complement the deep chocolate notes in the cake, providing an incredible taste experience.

No matter how you choose to serve this cake, make sure to enjoy it in moderation. Its rich and dense texture makes just one slice more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Rich, fudgy, and velvety- the truffle filling takes the chocolate cake to another level.
Rich, fudgy, and velvety- the truffle filling takes the chocolate cake to another level.

The Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake is a perfect dessert for special occasions but what if you don’t have enough time to make it right before serving? Don’t fret, because you can easily make the cake ahead of time.

To make ahead, bake the cake layers and let them cool completely. Wrap each layer in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To assemble the cake, take out the layers from the fridge and bring them to room temperature. Make the ganache and let it cool for 5 minutes before spreading it between each cake layer.

If you’re looking to store leftovers or if you’re making the cake entirely ahead of time, wrap it well with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. The cake should remain soft and moist despite being stored in the fridge.

When reheating, make sure to do it gently so as not to dry out the cake. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the whole cake or a portion of it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

With these tips, you can enjoy your decadent Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake without having to worry about last-minute preparations!

Tips for Perfect Results

 You won't be able to resist the heavenly aroma of coffee and chocolate that fills the air.
You won’t be able to resist the heavenly aroma of coffee and chocolate that fills the air.

When making a chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe, there are certain tips to ensure perfect results. I have listed some below to guarantee your confection will be a hit.

Firstly, when making the chocolate ganache, use high-quality chocolate. Chocolate chips may be tempting to use since they are so convenient, but they don’t melt and set the same way as chopped chocolate. For the best flavor, opt for semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate.

Secondly, use room temperature ingredients. This helps them blend together better and creates a smoother batter. Eggs and butter especially should be at room temperature before mixing.

Thirdly, when sifting dry ingredients such as flour and cocoa powder, do it multiple times. This will help ensure an even distribution of the ingredients throughout the batter.

Fourthly, for a soft, moist cake filled with truffle flavor, use strong coffee instead of water in both the cake layers and the ganache. If you want an extra kick of flavor, try adding a pinch of espresso powder to your coffee.

Fifthly, when baking the cake layers, be sure not to overbake them. A few extra minutes in the oven can make all the difference between a perfectly moist cake and one that is dry and crumbly.

Sixthly, when layering the cake, spread a thin layer of ganache between each layer to prevent slipping. This also adds extra flavor and moisture to each bite.

Seventhly, always let your cake cool completely before attempting to frost or decorate it. This prevents the frosting from melting or sliding off due to residual heat.

Lastly, for an extra decorative touch, try drizzling white chocolate over your finished cake or garnishing it with crushed cardamom pods. These additions will elevate your chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe to new heights.


Now that you know how to make this delectable chocolate and coffee truffle cake, you might have some questions about the ingredients or the process. In this FAQ section, I will answer some common questions that you might have to ensure the perfect outcome for your cake. So let’s get started!

What is the difference between truffle cake and chocolate truffle cake?

When it comes to chocolate cakes, there are a few key differences between a standard chocolate cake and a chocolate truffle cake. The former is usually made with a simple chocolate buttercream frosting, while the latter involves layers of chocolate cake filled with custard and covered in ganache and chocolate chips.

What is the difference between chocolate truffle cake and chocolate ganache cake?

When it comes to chocolate-based sweets, ganache and truffle have some similarities in terms of ingredients used, but they have a key difference. Ganache is a smooth and creamy chocolate mixture used mainly as a filling or frosting, while truffle is a round-shaped confection made of chocolate, butter, sugar, and occasionally liqueur. In general, truffles contain a ganache center, which sets them apart from the usage of ganache.

What does coffee do to chocolate cake?

Adding coffee to chocolate dishes intensifies the flavor of the chocolate. For instance, in a cake, coffee can deepen the richness of the chocolatey flavor. In case you’re not a fan of coffee, you could substitute it with water. Alternatively, you could replace it with a blend of espresso powder and water, for instance, a teaspoon of espresso powder plus one cup of water in lieu of one cup of coffee.

What is the difference between Dutch cake and truffle cake?

Indulge in the richness of the all-time favorite Dutch Truffle Cake, also known as chocolate truffle cake. This delightful dessert consists of layers of moist and tender chocolate cake that are heavenly filled with an airy whipped chocolate ganache, and frosted with a lusciously smooth chocolate ganache. The Dutch Truffle Cake is a quintessential dessert for any festivity that will surpass all expectations with its classic flavor and velvety texture.

Bottom Line

As your friendly barista, I highly recommend giving this chocolate and coffee truffle cake recipe a try. Trust me, once you’ve tasted this soft and moist cake filled with the decadent chocolate coffee ganache, you won’t regret it.

With these ingredients and recipe how-to, you’ll find it’s not as intimidating as it sounds to make the perfect chocolate truffle cake. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some cardamom flavor to spice up your dessert even further.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or just a sweet treat for yourself, this recipe is sure to impress. And if you’re feeling creative, experiment with different variations and substitutions to make it your own.

So what are you waiting for? Grab those chocolate chips, whip up a cup of strong coffee and get started on creating the best eggless dark chocolate truffle cake recipe ever made.

Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake

Chocolate and Coffee Truffle Cake Recipe

a recipe from a giant folder of recipes from my mother's drawer.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 329.5 kcal


  • 16 ounces chocolate
  • 1/2 cup prepared strong coffee
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt chocolate with coffee and stir until smooth. Set aside.
  • In separate bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light.
  • Fold in chocolate mixture until blended.
  • Whip cream until stiff.
  • Fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Pour into buttered and floured 10-inch springform pan.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven approximately 50 minutes, just until center is no longer loose.
  • Refrigerate until cold.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over top.

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Serving: 101gCalories: 329.5kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8.4gFat: 29.6gSaturated Fat: 17.6gCholesterol: 132.9mgSodium: 51.8mgFiber: 6.3gSugar: 9.5g
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