Delicious and Decadent: Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to the heavenly world of desserts! I am passionate about brewing the best coffee and baking the most delicious cakes. And in this recipe, I bring you the perfect marriage of these two: the chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe.

Picture this – a moist, fluffy cake with layers of decadent chocolate and caramel, infused with the rich flavor of coffee. A slice of this cake is all you need to escape into the world of blissful indulgence.

This recipe brings together the classic flavors of chocolate and caramel with a twist of coffee. The aroma of freshly brewed espresso and unsweetened cocoa powder adds a delightful depth to the chocolatey flavor. The layers of caramel sauce and chocolate ganache blend seamlessly with the spongey texture of the cake, making each bite an explosion of taste.

I assure you that trying out this recipe will be worth every minute spent in preparation. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a lazy afternoon indulgence, this cake will brighten up your day. So let’s get started on creating one of the best caramel coffee cake recipes out there!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake
Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake

Are you a coffee lover? Do you have a sweet tooth that craves something rich and indulgent? Then, let me introduce you to the ultimate coffee cake recipe – the Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake.

This recipe is perfect for those who want to treat their taste buds to a decadent dessert that combines the richness of chocolate and the sweetness of caramel with the bold flavor of coffee. It is absolutely divine, and here’s why you’ll love it:

Firstly, this recipe uses premium-quality ingredients such as all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and unsweetened cocoa powder that come together to create a fluffy cake that is moist, tender and has a deep chocolatey flavor.

Secondly, the addition of caramel sauce and chocolate chips adds an extra layer of sweetness and texture that perfectly complement the bitter notes of coffee.

Thirdly, this recipe is incredibly versatile. You can bake it as a sheet cake for birthdays or special occasions or stack up layers of chocolate coffee cake filled with silky caramel frosting for an elegant dessert.

Lastly, this recipe requires minimal effort and time but offers maximal rewards. Just follow the simple instructions provided in the recipe how-to section and voila! You have a melt-in-your-mouth cake that will wow your friends and family.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, indulge in this delicious Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake recipe and experience a perfect blend of flavors unique to this aromatic coffee cake. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven drizzled with caramel sauce
A slice of heaven drizzled with caramel sauce

Here’s a rundown of the ingredients you’ll need to whip up this decadent chocolate caramel coffee cake.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp instant espresso or instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • chocolate chips (optional)

Caramel Coffee Drizzle Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • Caramel sauce for topping

With these common baking staples and a little bit of extra chocolatey goodness, you can get some great results in the kitchen.

The Recipe How-To

 Moist, chocolatey goodness in every bite
Moist, chocolatey goodness in every bite

Now that we’ve got all our ingredients, let’s start making this decadent Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake!

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and flour two round 8-inch cake pans and then line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper.

Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp of baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda.

Step 3: Make Coffee Mixture

In a separate bowl, dissolve 2 tsp of instant espresso powder or coffee granules in 1 cup of hot water. Set aside to cool.

Step 4: Cream Butter and Sugar

Cream 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) of unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 5: Add Vanilla and Eggs

Beat in 4 large eggs, one at a time, followed by 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.

Step 6: Add Dry Ingredients and Coffee

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture alternately with the coffee mixture. Make sure to begin and end with dry ingredients. Beat until just blended.

Step 7: Add Chocolate Chips

Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips into the batter.

Step 8: Pour Batter into Pans

Divide the mixture evenly between the two prepared pans.

Step 9: Bake the Cakes

Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of each cake layer. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before turning them out onto wire racks.

Step 10: Decorate with Caramel Sauce

Once the cakes are completely cool, drizzle with caramel sauce and serve!

Enjoy your delicious homemade Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Your morning coffee just got an upgrade with this cake
Your morning coffee just got an upgrade with this cake

There are a variety of substitutions and variations you can make to this chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe to put your own unique spin on it. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Milk: If you don’t have milk on hand, you can substitute it with any non-dairy milk such as almond, soy, or oat milk.

– Sugar: You can use granulated sugar, brown sugar or a combination of both in this recipe for a richer taste.

– Flour: All-purpose flour is used in this recipe, but you could also try using cake flour or gluten-free flour for a different texture.

– Caramel coffee: If you don’t have caramel coffee on hand, you can make your own by adding a tablespoon of caramel sauce to your regular coffee.

– Espresso powder: Instant coffee granules can be substituted for espresso powder in this recipe without sacrificing much flavor.

– Chocolate chips: Any sort of chocolate chips would work well – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or a combination of all three!

– Vegan caramel: To make the cake vegan, swap out the dairy products such as butter and sour cream for vegan alternatives. For the caramel frosting and filling, use coconut cream instead of heavy cream and swap the butter for plant-based margarine.

With these substitutions and variations, you can customize this chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe to suit your preferences and dietary needs. Experimenting with new ingredients can take your baking skills to the next level and help you create unique treats that everyone will love.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth anytime of the day
Perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth anytime of the day

Now that your Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake is out of the oven and smelling amazing, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. First things first: this cake is best served warm, so try to enjoy it fresh out of the oven or reheat individual portions in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

Now that you have your warm piece of cake, it’s time to think about what to pair it with. The rich chocolate and caramel notes pair perfectly with a variety of beverages, such as a hot cup of coffee or tea. I always recommend a caramel cappuccino to enhance the caramel coffee flavors in the cake.

Another great pairing for this cake is a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The cool sweetness of the ice cream balances out the richness of the cake and adds a fun texture contrast. For added crunch, sprinkle some chopped walnuts or pecans on top.

If you want to take your dessert game up a notch, consider making some homemade whipped cream or even a caramel sauce drizzle to pour over the top. This will elevate your Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake into an impressive show-stopper that you can proudly serve at any special occasion.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this cake, one thing is for sure – it will be a hit with anyone who takes a bite. So go ahead, indulge in some sweet goodness and enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Decadent layers of chocolate and caramel make an irresistible combination
Decadent layers of chocolate and caramel make an irresistible combination

One of the great things about this chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later consumption. After baking the cake, allow it to cool completely before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can store the cake at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to five days.

When reheating the cake, remove it from the wrapping and let it come to room temperature. Then place it in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes or until warm. Alternatively, you can microwave individual slices of the cake for about 15 seconds each.

If you plan on making this cake ahead of time, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure optimal freshness. For instance, avoid adding any frosting until right before serving as frosting can cause the cake to become soggy if left on too long. Additionally, store the frosting separately from the cake in an airtight container in the fridge.

Overall, storage and reheating of this cake are relatively easy and convenient, making it perfect for busy mornings when you want a delicious breakfast treat without all the fuss!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Coffee and cake lovers rejoice with this indulgent creation
Coffee and cake lovers rejoice with this indulgent creation

Making a chocolate caramel coffee cake can be challenging, especially if you are not an experienced baker. But don’t worry, here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, make sure you use room temperature ingredients. It makes mixing easier and produces a better result. Take out the eggs, butter, and sour cream from the fridge at least 30 minutes before you start baking.

Secondly, sift the flour before adding it to the mixture. Sifting removes clumps and aerates the flour, which makes your cake more tender and fluffy.

Thirdly, don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing can cause your cake to be tough and dry. Mix until all ingredients are just combined and then stop.

Fourthly, use good quality ingredients. High-quality chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso granules will give your cake that rich and deep flavor that everyone loves.

Fifthly, evenly distribute the batter in the baking pan to ensure that it cooks evenly. Use a measuring cup or spoon to scoop out equal amounts of batter for each layer of the cake.

Lastly, monitor your cake closely while it’s baking. Oven temperatures may vary so keep an eye on your cake so it doesn’t overcook or undercook. Test it by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake – if it comes out clean, your cake is ready!

By following these tips, you’ll achieve bakery-worthy chocolate caramel coffee cake every time!


Now that you know how to make this delicious chocolate caramel coffee cake, it’s time to address some of the common concerns that people may have about this recipe. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers that will help you bake the perfect coffee cake every time.

Can you add coffee to box cake mix?

When it comes to making cake mix, using hot water is a pretty common practice. However, switching it up with some strong brewed coffee can do wonders for the flavor. The combination of coffee and chocolate is truly exceptional and will enhance the richness of the chocolate taste.

What does coffee do to chocolate cake?

When baking a chocolate cake, adding coffee can intensify the already strong chocolate flavor. However, if you prefer not to use coffee, you can substitute it with water. Another option is to use a teaspoon of espresso powder combined with a cup of water instead of using a full cup of coffee. Both options can help achieve a similar taste enhancement as coffee.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other cakes is their unique streusel topping that gives them a distinct taste. Unlike frosted cakes, they are typically only sprinkled with a bit of glaze and sometimes include a streusel swirl or filling made of nuts, fruit, or chocolate.

What happens if you add coffee in cake mix?

Coffee can enhance the rich chocolatey taste in baked goods. To achieve this, adding instant espresso or coffee in chocolate recipes can provide a more intense flavor profile. Consider substituting some of the recipe’s water with strong coffee for an extra boost in flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe is perfect for any coffee lover who also has a sweet tooth. With its rich chocolate flavor, sweet caramel filling, and decadent coffee frosting, this cake will be sure to delight anyone who tries it. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just as a treat for yourself, this recipe will not disappoint.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try! You won’t regret it. And if you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. As a barista, I am always happy to share my passion for coffee with others and offer guidance on how to make the perfect cup of joe.

Remember, making coffee is an art form, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. And always use high-quality ingredients to ensure the best possible flavor. So grab your apron and baking tools, and let’s get started on this delicious chocolate caramel coffee cake recipe!

Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake

Chocolate Caramel Coffee Cake Recipe

You can prepare this in 2 aluminum foil pans. Freezes beautifully.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 630.8 kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (10 ounce) package milk chocolate, and caramel swirled morsels divided

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 -2 tablespoon milk


  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and soda, add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low spee until blended after each additon. Stir in vanilla.
  • Spread half of batter into 2 greased 9-inch square pans.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup morsels evenly over batter in each pan.
  • Spread remaining batter over morsels.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cakes begin to leave sides of pan and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (There will be melted chocolate on pick but no wet batter.).
  • Cool in pans on wire racks.
  • Drizzle Powdered Sugar Glaze over warm cakes, and sprinkle evenly with remaining 2/3 cup morsels.
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze:.
  • Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoon milk until smooth. Add additional milk if needed.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 171gCalories: 630.8kcalCarbohydrates: 74.7gProtein: 9.7gFat: 32.8gSaturated Fat: 18.9gCholesterol: 134.3mgSodium: 474.2mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 39g
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