Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe

Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

There really is only one time a year when I make cake. This cake is the most wonderfully chocolate, moist, rich, decadent cake I’ve ever had, much less made myself. It literally melts in your mouth. I only make this cake once a year because, A. It’s a lot of work, and B. we are on our path to healing, and while I use only the best ingredients, it still takes quite a bit of sugar. It’s cake after all! 

I ran across this recipe a few years ago and have never tried another. Jamie Schler from Life’s A Feast created her original based on another recipe from Abigail Johnson Dodge for Bon App├ętit Magazine. And I, of course have adapted it further to suit my own tastes and preferences. 

Without further ado, I present:

The Best Chocolate Espresso Cake You Will Ever Make


  • 1 3/4 cup Unbleached, Unbrominated Organic White Flour
  • 2 cups Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Aluminum-free Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Fine ground Sea Salt
  • 2 large Free-range Eggs
  • 1 cup Organic Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Organic Canola or Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Organic real Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Hot, Organic prepared Coffee


  • 24 oz Organic Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 16 tbsp Organic Grass-fed Butter, softened
  • 3.2 oz Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Hot, Organic prepared Coffee
  • 16 oz Mascarpone Cheese

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Well grease and flour pans of your choice. I’ve used two 9″ rounds as well as two 9 x 13″ pans with success. 

Set aside frosting ingredients for later use.

Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry cake ingredients. Mix well. 

Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix on low until combined, then increase to medium for 2 minutes. Carefully add the hot coffee, mixing by hand until combined. Batter will be very liquidy. Divide the batter between cake pans, and place on center rack in oven.

Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or under center is just set (I test with a toothpick every 5 minutes over 30.)

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Flip onto rack and allow to cool completely. 

HINT #1 for Flawless Frosting: Put the separate cake layers in a freezer for 3 hours to overnight.


In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add cocoa and very slowly mix in hot coffee. Mix on medium until light and fluffy. Add mascarpone until well combined and creamy. 

Frost cake. 

HINT #2 for Flawless Frosting: Stack the frozen layers, with a thick layer of frosting in between. Crumb frost the top and sides with a very thin layer of frosting and place back in the freezer for a few hours before removing and thickly frosting the rest of the cake.

HINT #3 for Flawless Frosting: Use a metal spatula, and heat it under hot running water before smoothing out the frosting. Periodically reheat it under hot water when it gets sticky again. 

Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Lego Cake!

Ultimate Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

We love frosting.

Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe | Musings of a Modern Hippie

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