Simply Healthy Family: Chocolate Espresso Kahlua Cake


Chocolate Espresso Kahlua Cake

Disclaimer: This is not a healthy recipe. This is a died and gone to heaven, lick your plate clean, roll your eyes to the back of your head amazingly good chocolate cake recipe. 

Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved cake. However, not just any ordinary cake would do. Only the most decadent, moist and  sinfully  rich chocolate cake would please this girl. Only a chocolate cake that had notes of espresso in every bite and left a lingering of Kahlua liqueur on her lips.  Oh yes.  This was not any ordinary girl nor should she have any ordinary chocolate cake.

This was........

The Birthday Girl !!!

 Moi. Yours truly. Not telling you how old I am but I will say that sometime in the last few years I have gone from people telling me  "You're just a baby"  to  "Oh! Well you look good for your age." Which is almost as much of a compliment as when I get the "OH! Well you look good for having 4 children."


This birthday girl didn't ask for diamonds or pearls, she didn't want a big birthday bash nor did she did ask for a trip to Spain (o.k. maybe I did, but I didn't expect it, just have to throw it out there).   

What she did make  perfectly  loud and clear was.................. 

Let there be cake! Kahlua Cake!
Chocolate, Espresso, Beautiful Kahlua Cake.
The End.

Did I mention that I look forward to this cake starting in early May and start talking about it in early June?

I had the props ready to go in early July.

My Birthday is August 1st.  What?

Apparently it was my "Blog Birthday" as well. Simply Healthy Family turned 4 last week. 
That calls for another piece of cake if you ask me!

Thanks for making me the best cake ever (again) mommy! xoxo

Happy Dance!
"It's my birthday, let's party, with Kahlua!"

Cake Ingredients:
1 cup strong coffee, divided
3 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2-1/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup Kahlua

Frosting Ingredients:
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons Kahlua
3 Tablespoons hot coffee
(reserved coffee)

Directions for cake:

Make 1 cup strong coffee and refrigerate overnight.  Grease and flour 2 (9") round cake pans. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat egg whites until frothy; beat in sugar until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.
Cream butter and brown sugar in large bowl until fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks, one at a time.
Sift flour, cocoa, and baking soda together in small bowl.  Add to creamed mixture alternately with 3/4 cup cold coffee and the Kahlua (reserve remaining coffee for frosting).  Fold in the egg whites & sugar mixture till just combined. Don't over mix.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until done (when toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean).  

Cool 10 minutes, invert onto wire rack and cool before frosting.

Directions for frosting:

In large bowl, cream 6 Tablespoons softened butter with 1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar and 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder.  Add in the 3 T Kahlua and 2-3 Tablespoons of the reserved coffee (heated); beat until smooth.  



  1. When do you add the beaten egg whites and sugar??

    1. Thank you so much for noticing the error! It has been fixed. You fold them into the batter at the very end.

  2. A delicious looking cake! Totally irresistible.



  3. A sinfully delicious cake, perfect for any celebration!

  4. Looks very healthy to me-)) If I am happy after then it's healthy!

  5. Birthdays require big time celebration and you really did good with this cake!! So rich and chocolatey delicious! Happy birthday!!

  6. Oh how ever did I miss this delicious recipe? Drooling over here! Looks ready for a special occasion!


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