Delicious and Easy Mocha Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

Are you a fan of coffee and cake? Do you enjoy the marriage of rich chocolate and bold espresso flavors? If so, then this mocha chip coffee cake recipe is perfect for you.

This cake is perfect for any occasion: breakfast, snack time, or even as a dessert after dinner. The combination of chocolate chips and mocha coffee will bring a smile to your face and energize your day.

With simple ingredients that can be found in any grocery store and easy instructions, even those who are not experienced in baking can create something truly delicious. This recipe is sure to impress not only yourself but also your friends and family.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your apron on, preheat your oven, and let’s get to baking this decadent mocha chip coffee cake.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Chip Coffee Cake
Mocha Chip Coffee Cake

Coffee lovers, rejoice! This Mocha Chip coffee cake recipe is a brilliant addition to your baking arsenal. If you’re passionate about coffee and sweets, this recipe perfectly combines those two worlds. With hints of mocha-flavored coffee and rich chocolate chips in every bite, it’s the perfect dessert or breakfast option for any occasion.

This delicious cake is an excellent way to start your day with the perfect balance of sweet and savory notes. One bite will take you on a journey to the streets of Italy, savoring that irresistible fresh-brewed taste of morning espresso.

Moreover, what makes this cake recipe stand out is its versatility. You can choose to bake it in a bundt cake pan or opt for individual portions using a 6-inch cake pan. Also, it’s a simple recipe that requires minimal ingredients while packing on lots of flavors. Even if you’re not a seasoned baker, you can easily make this cake without breaking a sweat.

In essence, whether you want it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this recipe will undoubtedly leave you craving more every time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste the mocha chocolate goodness of this scrumptious cake!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven with every serving!
A slice of heaven with every serving!

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you will need for this mocha chip coffee cake recipe:

  • Instant coffee: 2 tbsp.
  • Egg: 1 large egg, room temperature
  • Ground cinnamon: ½ tsp.
  • Salt: ½ tsp.
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp.
  • Sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • Milk: ½ cup milk, room temperature
  • Butter: ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Chocolate chips: ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

For the Mocha Streusel Topping:

  • Ground cinnamon: ¼ tsp.
  • All-purpose flour: ¼ cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • Brown sugar: ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • Instant coffee: 2 tbsp.
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Butter: ⅓ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the Espresso Chocolate Ganache:

  • Semisweet chocolate chips: 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream: ½ cup hot heavy cream
  • Unsalted butter: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Mocha Java Chip coffee grounds or espresso powder: 1 tbsp.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for brunch or as an afternoon snack!
Perfect for brunch or as an afternoon snack!

Now that we have gone through the ingredients and what makes this Mocha Chip Coffee Cake Recipe so desirable, it’s time to get down to business and see how to make it.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Baking Pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes.

Butter a bundt cake pan or a 9 x 13 inch baking dish generously using unsalted butter. Follow this step carefully to prevent the cake from sticking.

Step 2: Make the Mocha Streusel

Mocha streusel defines everything that is good in this recipe. Creating the perfect streusel begins with combining brown sugar, semisweet chocolate chips, flour, and instant coffee in a large bowl.

Using your fingers or a fork, mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Drizzle melted butter over and stir until it comes together to form clumps. Put aside for later use.

Step 3: Prepare the Cake Batter

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and instant coffee. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer or standing mixer at medium-low speed beat unsalted butter together with sugar until creamy and light for about two minutes. Beat in one egg at a time until well incorporated.

Switch your mixer speed to low and take turns adding the flour mixture along with milk for three additions of flour and two additions of milk. Make sure you start and end with flour which helps prevent curdling.

Once you have mixed them all in make sure no white streaks of flour left behind then fold in chocolate chips by hand.

Step 4: Assembling the Cake Layers

Spoon half of the mocha streusel into the bottom of your prepared Bundt cake pan or baking dish. Pour half of your prepared cake batter over it in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining streusel over it before adding the remaining cake batter on top of it.

Step 5: Bake and Cool

Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Once baked, remove from oven and allow cooling in the pan or baking dish for about 10-20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Step 6: Serving

Serve your Mocha Chip Coffee Cake Recipe on a plate with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for that ultimate pick-me-up. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious coffee cake!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious coffee cake!

For those who enjoy experimenting with flavors and ingredients, there are endless possibilities for substitutions and variations in this mocha chip coffee cake recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Instead of using instant coffee, try adding 1/4 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee to give the cake a more intense coffee flavor.

– Swap out the semisweet chocolate chips for milk chocolate or white chocolate chips for a different twist on this classic recipe.

– If you’re looking to make a slightly healthier version, you can try using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, and reduce the sugar content by half a cup.

– For a more festive twist, bake the cake in a bundt pan and add a chocolate ganache drizzle on top. You can make the ganache by melting 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons hot water in a double boiler over low heat.

– If you don’t have cream cheese on hand but still want to make the streusel topping, substitute with 1/3 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt. This will add tanginess to balance out the sweet chocolate undertones of the cake.

– Add texture and a nutty flavor profile by mixing in chopped nuts such as pecans, almonds or hazelnuts into your streusel mixture. Simply sprinkle your preferred nuts on top of the batter before baking.

With these variations and substitutions, you can customize your mocha chip coffee cake to satisfy your taste buds while still enjoying the same rich flavor profile.

Serving and Pairing

 A delectable combination of chocolate and coffee in every bite!
A delectable combination of chocolate and coffee in every bite!

This mocha chip coffee cake is the perfect treat to serve at your next brunch, afternoon tea or special occasion. The combination of coffee and chocolate flavors make it a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed with a variety of beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

For a classic pairing, serve it with a piping hot cup of fresh brewed coffee made with instant coffee granules. The coffee flavor in the cake will complement the rich and bold taste of the coffee perfectly.

If you prefer tea, opt for a brewed cup of earl grey tea or English breakfast tea. The caramel and citrus notes in these teas pair well with the chocolate and coffee flavors in the cake.

For something sweeter, pair this mocha chip cake with a hot chocolate made with melted semisweet chocolate chips and milk. The sweetness of the hot chocolate will balance out the slightly bitter taste of the coffee in the cake.

Alternatively, enjoy it as a dessert after dinner with a glass of full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The tannic structure of these wines pairs well with the toasted nutty flavor of the streusel and the richness of the chocolate ganache.

This cake is also great for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays or holidays. Decorate it with extra chocolate chips, chocolate shavings or edible glitter to make it more festive and visually appealing.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this mocha chip coffee cake is sure to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to indulge in a rich and decadent treat!
Get ready to indulge in a rich and decadent treat!

This indulgent Mocha Chip Coffee Cake can be prepped in advance to make your mornings a little more indulgent. You can make the cake, streusel, and ganache ahead of time and store each separately, in airtight containers at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, simply place in a preheated oven at 300°F (149°C) for about 5-6 minutes or until warmed through.

If you’d like to make this cake even further ahead, you can freeze it too! Wrap the cooled cake well with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container before popping it in the freezer for up to two months. When you’re ready to enjoy the coffee cake, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, and then allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

Alternatively, if you only have a slice or two left over after enjoying this cake with friends and family, you can easily store them in individual portions at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to enjoy again, pop them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds to warm up.

No matter which route you choose for storing or reheating this Mocha Chip Coffee Cake, it will still taste irresistibly good!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This cake is the perfect way to impress your guests!
This cake is the perfect way to impress your guests!

To ensure that the Mocha Chip Coffee Cake comes out perfectly, I’ve put together a few tips that have helped me achieve optimal results. Here are some essential things to keep in mind when you’re making this cake.

Firstly, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin mixing. This is particularly important for the butter and eggs, as cold butter can cause the cake batter to become lumpy, and cold eggs won’t mix properly.

In addition, don’t overmix or undermix. Overmixing can make the cake dense and tough, while undermixing will leave lumps of unmixed batter in your cake. You want to mix the ingredients just enough to combine them evenly.

Another vital tip is to measure your ingredients accurately. Even minor variations in quantities can affect the final result of your cake. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure that all your measurements are precise.

When adding flour to your cake batter, spoon it gently into your measuring cup rather than scooping it out with the cup. This will help prevent packing too much flour into the cup, which can make the cake dry.

Finally, bake the cake on the middle rack of your oven to ensure even distribution of heat and prevent burning at the bottom or top of your cake. And be sure not to overbake it- a few minutes less than the recommended time is always better than a few too many.

By sticking to these tips for perfect results, you’ll be able to bake a delicious Mocha Chip Coffee Cake every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this mocha chip coffee cake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves coffee and chocolate. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also versatile as you can substitute certain ingredients or make variations according to your preferences. The balance of flavors between the mocha coffee and the chocolate chips create an explosion of goodness in your mouth that will definitely leave you wanting more.

Whether you’re planning a birthday celebration or just want to impress your friends and family, this cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. With its soft and moist texture topped with a sweet streusel coffee topping, it provides the perfect balance of flavors and textures.

So why not try this recipe out for yourself? It’s a real crowd-pleaser that will impress everyone who tries it. You won’t be disappointed!

Mocha Chip Coffee Cake

Mocha Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 462.9 kcal



  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chip


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee


  • Grease cake pan.
  • Mix the topping of sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  • Mix milk, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  • Mix egg and oil with coffee, then add to dry coffee cake mix.
  • Pour into baking pan.
  • Sprinkle topping onto the coffee cake.
  • Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Cut in squares.

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Serving: 95gCalories: 462.9kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 6gFat: 19.7gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 43.2mgSodium: 353.7mgFiber: 3gSugar: 45.3g
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