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Best Espresso Cake Recipe

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If you love coffee as much as I do, you want to enjoy it all day, every day. That means you probably like coffee on your cake, too.

Espresso cakes are in vogue, everyone’s talking about them, and with good reason, they’re delicious and so grown-up. This is a good cake for any get-together and can easily be a birthday cake for the coffee lover in your life.

Soft, fluffy, spongy, moist and caffeinated. What else do you need? This coffee cake is just delicious, and it’s pretty fun to make, too, so get ready for a tasty challenge!

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What you'll need

Our cake starts like many others, with eggs, sugar, butter and flour. Although this is not a chocolate cake, it does contain cocoa powder, but its two espresso shots which steal the spotlight.

We’re topping our cake with a buttercream espresso frosting, decadent, sweet and palate coating. You’ll love it. It has coffee, too!

I won’t lie, this is a beautiful cake, but it has some difficulties. The frosting involves making a meringue and then folding in the butter for the perfect cake topper. If you don’t feel confident enough, use your favorite chocolate frosting and add a tablespoon of instant coffee, it’s no biggie.

Let’s make it happen. This is the cake to rule them all and a fantastic tribute to our favorite dark brew. This espresso cake is above and beyond.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time1 hr 15 min
  • Serving Size8
  • Energy698 cal


For the cake:

For the buttercream espresso frosting:



Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch cake pan.


In a large mixing bowl and using an electric hand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla extract until frothy.


Pour in the warm espresso and the melted butter while beating.


Slowly add the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Incorporate.


Pour the batter into the greased cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.


Meanwhile, in another mixing bowl, combine the egg whites and sugar with the electric hand mixer to form a meringue.


Cut the butter into cubes and add one cube at a time while beating the meringue.


Add the cold espresso and incorporate.


Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.


Once cool, top the cake with the buttercream espresso frosting.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size8
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories698
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat27.3 g78 g35%
  • Saturated Fat15.9 g20 g79.5%
  • Cholesterol204 mg300 mg68%
  • Sodium511 mg2300 mg22.22%
  • Total Carbohydrate114.1 g275 g41.49%
  • Dietary Fiber1.3 g28 g4.64%
  • Total Sugars100.5 g
  • Protein7.2 g50 g14.4%
  • Calcium61 mg1300 mg4.69%
  • Iron2 mg18 mg11.11%
  • Potassium201 mg4700 mg4.28%
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