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To me, the ulitmate Christmas dessert has to have coffee and chocolate. You can thank my mom for that one, because I grew up eating her chocolate espresso cheesecake that she only makes once a year! It’s a Christmas treat in our family, much like this Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake! If you ask me, you can never go wrong with too much coffee or chocolate! Put them together and you have a match made in heaven.

Also, bundt cakes are like my new favorite thing. For making a cake, they are pretty hassle free! You don’t have to worry about different layers or multiple pans. Plus, they usually have a fun design and shape that make them extra fancy! Major bonus: you can just pour your frosting over the top! IT’S THE BEST. Can I say anything else I love about bundt cakes? Oh yeah, they are simple to slice and serve! 

Let’s talk cake:

Using a Dutch processed cocoa powder is what I recommend for this recipe (really any chocolate cake recipe I have) because it gives such a rich, full chocolate flavor that I love. The best part about this cake batter: it has a whole cup of coffee! Whisking together the coffee and the cocoa powder helps activate and wake up the chocolate flavor in the cocoa powder. Pure chocolate power.

Up next: the frosting. A classic cream cheese frosting is taken to the next level with espresso powder – here’s my favorite instant espresso powder to use! Heavy cream is folded in at the last minute to give it a pourable consistency. You want to make sure your frosting cascades down the sides of the cake!

But, ultimately, the best part is eating! Whether you are enjoying this Chocoalte Espresso Bundt Cake for a holiday dessert or just making it for fun, it’s delicious either way!

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Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake combines two of my most favorite things: chocolate and coffee! A rich, chocolate cake batter is swirled with a whole cup of brewed coffee, poured into a bundt cake pan and baked until fluffy. An espresso cream cheese frosting is then poured on top and allowed to cascade down the sides. Talk about decadence! Each bite is loaded with chocolate and coffee flavor. You just can’t resist it!


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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup brewed coffee, hot
  • 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the coffee and cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, vegetable oil and eggs until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla extract and the coffee and cocoa mixture until combined.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in with the wet ingredients. Whisk until smooth and there are no clumps. Pour the cake batter into a very well greased bundt cake pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  3. Allow the cake to cool for a couple minutes in the pan before turning it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. If you allow the cake to sit too long in the bundt cake pan, it can cause it to stick to the pan when you try to turn it out.

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Reduce the speed to low and mix in one cup of powdered sugar at a time until a smooth frosting forms. Mix in the vanilla and instant espresso powder. Use a rubber spatula to fold the heavy cream into the prepared frosting to make it a pourable consistency.
  2. Pour the frosting over the top of the cooled bundt cake and allow it to cascade down the sides. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you can’t find Dutch processed cocoa powder (I love to use Ghiradelli), you can use regular cocoa powder.
  • If you are wanting to make the cake in advance, make the cake as directed above, cool completely, wrap with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator. Make the frosting and pour over when ready to serve.
  • You want the frosting to be a pourable consistency. If it thickens back up, simply stir in a little bit more heavy cream until pourable.

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If you make this recipe and love it as much as I do, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, rate the recipe, or share a picture tagging @kjandcompany or using #kjandcompany so that I can see your fun pictures 🙂

Thanks for following and cooking along with me!

 

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