Chocolate Cake With Coffee

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Total TIme: 1 hour 30 minutes

Does anyone else have chocolate lovers in the family? My mother is one of those people. Last year on her birthday I made a beautiful chocolate bundt cake.  I searched online for a recipe that would be similar to cupcakes my Grandmother always made. Sadly, I never got the recipe from my Grandmother before she passed, but I was able to find and adapt something to remind me of those cupcakes! This has been my go-to chocolate cake since then.  It reminds me of my childhood. A beautiful, moist chocolate cake with the wonderful taste of coffee.

And besides the wonderful taste, it’s super simple to make with only 1 bowl needed – that’s always a plus in my household.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup of strong coffee (cooled to room temperature)
  • 1 cup of buttermilk (room temperature)
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare your pan(s) by greasing with butter or cake nonstick spray
  3. Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  
  4. Add room temperature wet ingredients.
  5. Combine until just mixed.
  6. The batter is on the thinner side – that is appropriate.
  7. For a bundt cake; bake for 45-50 minutes.  For 2 round 7” pans bake for 30-35 minutes. Remember, based on where you live, your oven and the types of pans you use the baking time can vary. As a rule of thumb, set your timer for the lowest time and then continually check after that until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.