Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe

This mocha chocolate chip cake is a delicious dessert that will melt in your mouth. Impress your family or guests with this wonderful cake and offer them a lovely look from the outside and amazing taste!

This recipe is an adaptation of a chocolate chip cake with mocha frosting that originated with the Fox sisters’ mother. The cake has a tender crumb, and the frosting is silky and rich.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake


For the cake:

  • 115 grams (1 stick or 1/2 cup) salted butter, softened, more for pans
  • 250 grams (2 1/4 cups) sifted unbleached all-purpose flour, more for pans
  • 300 grams (1 1/3 cups) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup to 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips, roughly chopped; or mini chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 360 grams (3 cups) confectioners’ sugar
  • 226 grams (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (plus 1 teaspoon instant espresso or if you don’t like coffee use 1 teaspoon of organic cocoa)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • ¾ cup to 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, for decorating


To make the cake:

  • Heat oven to 350°F/175°C/ Gas Mark 4. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans, and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper cut to fit.
  • Using an electric mixer or by hand, in a bowl, mix the butter and turbinado sugar until evenly blended. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix again until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk or sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Add half the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, mix well, then add half the milk and mix again. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk. Add the chocolate chips and mix well. The batter may look curdled.
  • Pour the batter into the pans and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before removing cakes from pans to a rack to cool completely. If the cakes are domed, use a long, serrated knife to level the tops.

To make the frosting:

  • Using an electric mixer or by hand, mix the confectioners’ sugar with the butter, salt and vanilla, until well blended. In a small bowl, mix the espresso powder with the boiling water to dissolve; add it to the frosting, blending well.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving platter and spread about one-third of the frosting over the top in an even layer.
  • Top with the second cake layer and use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread frosting over top and, optionally, sides of the cake. Decorate with the chocolate chips.

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