Heavenly Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe

Hello coffee lovers! As a barista, I know how much you love your daily dose of caffeine. But let me ask you this – have you ever tried incorporating coffee into your desserts? If not, I have the perfect recipe for you – Coffee Cream Layer Cake.

This moist homemade layered coffee cake is a dessert that will awaken your taste buds and leave you wanting more. It’s not your typical sponge cake or chocolate cake, but a perfect combination of both.

The fluffy coffee buttercream and coffee cream frosting are what really sets this cake apart. It’s perfect for any special occasion or just when you’re craving something sweet and satisfying.

So why not step out of your comfort zone and try this delicious Coffee Cream Layer Cake? Trust me, it’s worth it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Cream Layer Cake
Coffee Cream Layer Cake

If you’re a coffee lover, you’re going to be head-over-heels for this Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe. Not only is it scrumptious and indulgent, but it’s also just the perfect way to bring your caffeine fix into your dessert time. Here are a few reasons why we think you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, this cake is incredibly easy to make! You won’t need any fancy equipment, just a good whisk and mixing bowl. The recipe instructions are simple to follow, so anyone can make it. The best part is that this cake uses instant coffee granules, which means you don’t have to spend endless hours brewing coffee to infuse into the batter.

Secondly, this cake has a melt-in-your-mouth texture that is absolutely delightful! Thanks to the sour cream and vanilla instant pudding mix in the batter, each layer of this cake is moist, fluffy, and dense enough to hold up an impressive amount of creamy frosting. Speaking of frosting – you’re going to love how creamy and fluffy the coffee buttercream and mascarpone filling in this recipe turns out.

Thirdly, the flavors in this cake are rich and bold, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings. Each slice delivers a strong hit of coffee flavor that is balanced out by the sweetness of the homemade layered cake layers. You can even customize the flavor further by adding some Baileys or Kahlua for a boozy twist!

Lastly, this cake looks as amazing as it tastes! The beautiful layers of sponge cake sandwiched between the creamy coffee frosting create a stunning presentation that is sure to impress at any occasion.

In summary, with its fail-proof recipe, mouth-watering taste and looks that kill- what’s not to love? Try the Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe today and you’ll see what all the fuss is about – we are certain you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Layer upon layer of coffee and cream goodness!
Layer upon layer of coffee and cream goodness!

Get ready to unleash the coffee lover in you!

Preparing this coffee cream layered cake recipe requires a combination of ingredients that will bring out the best in your dessert.

Here are the crucial ingredients you’ll need to gather:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, dissolved in 1 tbsp of hot water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

These recipe ingredients will be essential in creating an addictive coffee sponge cake with moist fluffy coffee layers and topped with a whipped cream frosting.

The Recipe How-To

 Brew up some love with this delicious cake.
Brew up some love with this delicious cake.

Once you have gathered all the recipe ingredients, it is time to start making the moist homemade layered coffee cream cake. In a large mixing bowl, beat 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 2 large eggs (room temperature) and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules.

Now, it’s time to add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Gradually add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture, alternating with 1 cup of milk until everything is well incorporated.

Once everything is mixed properly, add 1 tablespoon of vanilla instant pudding mix and mix again.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease three round pans with butter or cooking spray. Divide the batter equally between the pans and smooth out the tops. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

To make the coffee cream frosting: In a small bowl, dissolve 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Allow this mixture to cool down completely.

In another mixing bowl, combine together one package of vanilla instant pudding mix, 3 cups of whipped cream, and the cooled coffee mixture. Mix on high speed until it becomes light and fluffy.

Once the cake layers are cooled completely, start assembling them by placing one layer on a cake stand or plate. Spread approximately one-third part of fluffy coffee buttercream over it with a spatula or piping bag.

Repeat this process for each layer of cake until you get layered coffee cake. Make sure to reserve some cream for the final frosting of the cake.

For the final frosting of the cake, use a spatula or palette knife and cover the entire cake with coffee cream.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the layers to settle. Serve with coffee ice cream on the side.

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect pick-me-up for any occasion.
A perfect pick-me-up for any occasion.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of ways to change things up when making this coffee cream layer cake. Below are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Sponge Cake: Instead of making a traditional cake, swap it out for a sponge cake. A light and fluffy sponge works brilliantly with the creamy coffee filling in this recipe.

– Flavors: If you’re not a fan of coffee, you can switch up the flavors. You could create chocolate layers instead, or try using different types of liquors such as Baileys or Kahlua to create a boozy dessert.

– Frostings: While the classic coffee cream frosting is delicious, you can experiment with other frostings. A cream cheese frosting pairs well with the coffee flavor, or try a ganache on top for an indulgent twist.

– Nuts: Walnuts added to the layers can provide a crunchy texture or you could add caramel to bring in some sweetness.

– Milk Alternatives: Lactose intolerant folks need not miss out on this delectable treat. You can substitute milk with coconut milk or almond milk for the same taste but different rich flavor dimension.

– Pudding Mix: The recipe calls for Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix, but pistachio, chocolate, or butterscotch pudding mix will also work to make your taste buds sing!

These are just a few ideas that can take this already impressive recipe up a notch. Experiment with what works based on your liking and tweak the recipe as much as you desire!

Serving and Pairing

 Take a bite of this cake and you'll feel like a coffee connoisseur.
Take a bite of this cake and you’ll feel like a coffee connoisseur.

Ready to indulge in a delicious slice of coffee cream cake? This delectable dessert pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea, accentuating the rich coffee flavor and the sweet cream taste.

The cake’s light, fluffy texture and delicate sweetness allow it to be served as the centerpiece of any brunch or after-dinner dessert party. It can also be paired with a scoop of coffee ice cream to create an indulgent treat that is perfect on a hot day.

For those looking to add a bit more excitement to this classic recipe, try experimenting with different frosting flavors such as chocolate or bailey’s. If you’re hosting a dinner party, add some excitement by pairing the cake with a homemade cocktail like kahlua, which brings out the richness of the coffee flavor.

This versatile layered coffee cake blend pairs perfectly with both sweet or savory dishes. For added texture, mix chopped walnuts with whipped cream and top off your cake for a crunchy bite.

No matter how you decide to serve this delicious treat, it’s sure to satisfy and delight all your guests.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's like drinking your morning coffee, but in cake form.
It’s like drinking your morning coffee, but in cake form.

One of the great things about this Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated without losing its deliciousness. If you’re planning on making this cake for an upcoming event, it’s helpful to know how you can prepare and store it to ensure it tastes just as fresh as when it was first baked.

Firstly, if you’re running low on time and don’t want to make the entire cake on the day of your event, you can prepare the cake layers in advance. Simply follow the recipe’s instructions until you’ve baked the cake layers. Once they’ve cooled down, wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator. You can keep them in there for a few days before assembling the cake.

If you’ve already made the entire cake and need to store it for later use, here’s how to do so:

1. Let the cake cool completely before wrapping it in plastic wrap.

2. Place the wrapped cake in an airtight container or resealable bag.

3. Store it in the freezer for up to one month.

When you’re ready to serve the cake, take it out of the freezer and remove all of its wrapping. Place it on a serving tray and let it thaw at room temperature for several hours or overnight.

If you’re someone who enjoys warm cake, don’t fret – you can easily reheat this Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe without ruining its flavor or texture. Here’s how:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. Cut a slice of cake from the frozen or refrigerated cake.

3. Place it on an oven-safe plate and heat for 8-10 minutes (if refrigerated) or 12-14 minutes (if frozen).

4. Once heated through, allow your slice of Coffee Cream Layer Cake to cool slightly before serving!

With these tips in mind, you can confidently prepare, store, and reheat your Coffee Cream Layer Cake ahead of time and enjoy its moist homemade layered goodness whenever you’re in the mood.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sip and savor every bite of this decadent dessert.
Sip and savor every bite of this decadent dessert.

One of the tricks to making a perfect coffee cream layer cake is to avoid overmixing the batter. Mix the ingredients just enough to incorporate them evenly. Overmixing can cause a tough and dense cake that is not enjoyable.

It is also important to remember to use room temperature ingredients, especially the eggs and butter, for a fluffy coffee layer cake. If these ingredients are too cold, they will not properly blend with the other ingredients.

To ensure that your cake comes out of the pan easily and smoothly, lightly grease the pans and line them with parchment paper before adding the batter. Parchment paper will prevent the cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

When baking, keep an eye on your cake to prevent it from getting too brown or burnt around the edges. You can cover the edges with tin foil after about 20-30 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning if necessary.

Once your layers are done baking, allow them to cool completely before assembling your coffee cream layer cake. If you try to assemble the cake while the layers are still warm, it will result in a slippery and unstable cake.

When frosting your layered coffee cake with coffee buttercream or whipped cream, make sure you apply an even amount throughout each layer. Use a straight-edged spatula and apply pressure as you spread for an extra-smooth finish.

Finally, be creative with your decorations for added flair! Try drizzling ganache over the top layer or adding fresh berries between the layers. Your guests will be impressed by both taste and presentation.

Follow these tips for a moist homemade layered coffee cream cake that your friends and family will rave about for years to come!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe is a must-try for all coffee and cake lovers out there. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply craving something sweet and indulgent, this recipe is sure to impress. The combination of fluffy coffee sponge cake and velvety coffee cream frosting create a moist homemade layered cake that’s perfect for any time of day.

With easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps, this recipe can be recreated by anyone with a little bit of baking experience. Of course, feel free to make substitutions and variations to customize the recipe according to your liking.

If you’re looking for a decadent treat, this recipe can be served with a side of coffee ice cream, chocolate ganache or Bailey’s. Additionally, it pairs well with a cup of hot coffee or even Kahlua in some cases.

Overall, the Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe is not only delicious but also makes an impressive centerpiece that’s perfect for any celebration. So why not give it a try and treat yourself and those around you with this delectable dessert? I promise you won’t regret it!

Coffee Cream Layer Cake

Coffee Cream Layer Cake Recipe

This is great for any occasion. Let me whisper in your ear....I made this from a cake mix!!! SShhhh! Really! You will get all the raves and everyone will think you slaved all day on it. It's so good! Note: The name of the cake refers to it's color and the frosting,sort of the color of coffee with cream in it. It does include instant coffee in it.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 604.3 kcal


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) yellow butter cake mix with pudding (ingredients follow)
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (5 1/4 ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (can use 2 1/2 cups skim milk)
  • 2 cups whipping cream (can use 4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon hot water


  • Prepare yellow, butter-flavored cake mix as follows:
  • Blend dry mix, water, oil, and eggs in large bowl at low speed for 30 seconds, then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch, round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Combine pudding mixes and milk in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat at low speed with electric mixer 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Beat whipping cream, until stiff peaks form; fold into pudding. Divide pudding mixture in half; set aside.
  • Top with second layer, and spread with about 1/4 of plain pudding.
  • Top with third layer, and spread with remaining coffee-flavored pudding.
  • Top with 4th layer. Spread with top and sides of cake with remaining pudding.
  • Cover cake, and refrigerate.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 200gCalories: 604.3kcalCarbohydrates: 69.1gProtein: 7.1gFat: 33.8gSaturated Fat: 15.2gCholesterol: 137.2mgSodium: 782.5mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 46.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Low Protein
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