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Apr 18

Mocha Coffee Cake #CupofKaffe

Ever wonder why Coffee Cake didn’t have coffee in it? Well, now you can stop wondering – because it does! This Mocha Coffee Cake, made with Gevalia Single-Serve Coffee, has triple the coffee for a perky wake up breakfast!


When I got the opportunity to try out and create a recipe with Gevalia, I jumped at the chance. Coffee is literally my saving grace in the morning. It’s what separates me from the non-caffinated me…and really, you don’t want to meet non-caffinated Dorothy early in the morning. She’s pretty crabby, and has the tendency to fly off the handle before that first sip.

Take this morning, for example. I’m fighting a cold, and didn’t sleep well. These mornings especially, you want to avoid me before I’ve actually finished the first cup instead of just a first sip. Anyway, Jordan didn’t get that memo.

{Why someone who has lived with me for 8 years and been told repeatedly to go easy on me in the morning still doesn’t get it, I have no idea.}

Coffee (or the lingering promise of it) gets me through the “white leggings are not pants” fight.

And the “that tank top is a halter and can’t be worn to school” fight.

And the “pick up your stuff off the floor” fight.

By the time we get to the “No, picking it up off the floor means putting it away, not just putting it on the table” fight, you can bet I’m already on my second cup.

Now, I can have my third and fourth cup in a slice of coffee cake. It’s just the extra boost I’ll need when I go upstairs and realize when I told someone to turn off her lights she actually turned off only one and left the bathroom light on.

Coffee cake with coffee in it is gooooood.


Have you ever wondered why coffee cake didn’t have actual coffee in it? I know, it’s something you eat with your coffee. But it always seemed like a weird oxymoron or something – it should have coffee in the cake.

And now it does! I call this a Mocha Coffee Cake because there is coffee in every layer – and chocolate too! My basic coffee cake recipe uses milk, which I swapped out for chocolate milk. It’s not an overly chocolate flavor, but the flavor is there in the background. I also used chocolate milk in the drizzle, and cocoa powder in the topping. All three components also have coffee in them – for an extra little kick!

For the past week I’ve been drinking Gevalia single-serve coffee, using my Keurig. I tried the Columbia Medium Roast and it’s so good. It’s got a rich flavor and isn’t bitter at all, which is something Gevalia prides itself on. I’m loving drinking the coffee straight out of my Keuring (with sweetener and creamer, of course) and I’m loving baking with it even more!


Now, I know this Mocha Coffee Cake screams sugary sweet – and it is. But you know what? It’s also got hardly any fat! I have been in love with greek yogurt recently, and I subsituted all the oil (1/4 cup) in this recipe for plain, non-fat greek yogurt. The cake is still moist and perfect, although it is more dense than it would be using butter or oil. I don’t miss the fat at all, in fact, I can eat more without it! :) (You can substitute oil or melted butter for the greek yogurt if you prefer).

The crumble is more liquid and bakes more into the cake – and is so sweet and good. I added nuts because I love a good crunch with my coffee cake. And the drizzle…well everything is better with a drizzle, right?

Coffee Cake with actual coffee. You know you want it. I know I do!


I wonder if I drank that drizzle, if I would get a caffeine high? Maybe I’ll add some into my next cup of Gevalia?

Mocha Coffee Cake #CupofKaffe

Yield: 9 large slices

Mocha Coffee Cake #CupofKaffe

Based off of this coffee cake recipe.


    For the Cake
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate milk (non-fat is fine, so is sweetened chocolate almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the Streusel
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or other nuts, if desired
  • For the Drizzle (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate milk (non-fat is fine, so is sweetened chocolate almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9” round pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flower, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir sugar, greek yogurt, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk and coffee. Stir dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined.
  4. Make the crumb topping: stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, coffee, and butter. Add pecans, if desired.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with streusel. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. To make the drizzle: beat butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until crubmly. Beat in milk and coffee until no lumps remain. Let sit for a few minutes so the bubbles can rise to the top and pop, then drizzle over cake.

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110 Responses to “Mocha Coffee Cake #CupofKaffe”

  1. lisa@cookingwithcurls posted on April 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#)

    That looks insanely good! I will definitely need a slice of that, or two :)


  2. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on April 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm (#)

    It’s about time someone put the coffee in the coffee cake! Yummy.


  3. Liz posted on April 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm (#)

    It’s about time someone put coffee in coffee cake – it just make sense! Lovin’ the glaze too :)


  4. ashley - baker by nature posted on April 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm (#)

    YES! I feel like I’m always saying (mentally) “why the heck doesn’t this cake actually have coffee in it!”. And now I can stop talking to myself about cake. Thank you!


  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm (#)

    I am a big coffee cake lover and the fact that you worked coffee in 3 times, in all the layers, even more amazing. And I love streusel topping. I need like 2x the amt that most people need. I love those big chunky crumbs!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 18th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      YES. Triple the topping please. :) Thanks Averie!


  6. Megan @ megbakes posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm (#)

    I never really thought about the missing coffee in coffee cake. I especially like the idea of chocolate milk throughout the cake. I bet this is great for breakfast!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 18th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      It is…I’ve eaten it a loooot. :) Thanks Megan!


  7. Heather @ French Press posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    this IS prefect Dorothy! coffee is the ONLY thing that keeps me together in the mornings – and coffee in cake, well that is just pure genius!!


  8. Tieghan posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#)

    Love that there is not 1, not 2, but 3 layers of coffee in this!! I need this EVERY morning! Ha! It looks great Dorothy!


  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm (#)

    I have actually wondered that so many times that now I almost always add coffee to our coffee cakes. It just makes more sense that way :-) I am loving all the caffeine goodness you have in this ooey gooey looking cake! Perfect way to wake up in the morning!!!


  10. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on April 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm (#)

    I have always wondered why Coffee Cake isn’t made with coffee. I’m so glad that conundrum is solved :) And this recipe looks like a winner. Perfect along side a cup of coffee for an extra jolt of caffeine.


  11. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on April 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm (#)

    Ohmygosh. Coffee is the reason I can get up for 8AM classes any morning past the first week of the semester. And actual coffee in coffee cake? Double the coffee, double the reason to wake up in the morning!


  12. Back For Seconds posted on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#)

    Look at that drizzle! Yum! I would love a slice of this right now.


  13. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm (#)

    My husband knows what I’m like without coffee, so he always makes sure to have the pot programmed and brewing by the time I wake up. :-) This cake looks amazing! I love coffee cake, and that drizzle? With the chocolate milk and coffee? Brilliant!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Ah, if only my husband knew how to work the coffee maker. :) Thanks Ashley!


  14. Emily ~SoDomesticated~ posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

    I love Gevalia coffee! Loving this coffee cake!


  15. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 19, 2013 at 3:31 am (#)

    Yum. Love that idea! I’m somewhat of a coffee addict, so the more places you put it, the better!


  16. tanya posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:03 am (#)

    You and I are living the same life-just because my daughter has the butt for white leggings doesn’t mean we all should see her pink underwear through them! Because of course her tee shirt only comes to the tops of the pants! And yes, I’m getting after my kids clean stuff of their floors, it drives me nuts. And like you, I need my coffee (lots of coffee)!! So much to love about this cake, they Greek yogurt, the coffee for starters!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 5:59 am

      OMG she was wearing neon green underwear. She actually argued with me about changing them. Modesty hasn’t reached her yet, obvi.

      Thanks Tanya!


  17. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and VEggies posted on April 19, 2013 at 6:26 am (#)

    This coffee cake sounds SO GOOD! I’m a coffee lover, so I’m glad to have coffee actually in it! Thanks for a great sounding recipe!


  18. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on April 19, 2013 at 8:01 am (#)

    This looks delicious! I’m the only weirdo in the world who doesn’t like coffee, but it can be quite tasty in baked goods!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Yes! You totally don’t even taste the coffee, except in the glaze. :)


  19. Kathy posted on April 19, 2013 at 8:13 am (#)

    Can’t live without my coffee! And I love my Keurig! It’s so easy, which is what I need these days! Your cake looks delicious! I love that you made it with Greek yogurt and lowered the fat.


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  21. Wendy posted on April 19, 2013 at 9:29 am (#)

    From now on my coffee cake will have coffee in it! This cake looks like what coffee cake always should have been! Yum! As far as daughters go…..from a mom of a 24 year old daughter… only think she didn’t get the memo. The fact is that she got the memo and filed it under what I refer to as “wounded gazelle theory”. If you, the mom, are in a weakened state (i.e. the morning before coffee), that is the perfect time for daughters to try to get away with stuff (like white leggings and halter tops). :) Good luck. Coffee helps. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      LOL! I love your analogy!!


  22. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 19, 2013 at 9:42 am (#)

    *gasp* you’ve made a true coffee cake! Huzzah!

    And come on Jordan…white leggings are NOT pants…you’re better than that girlfriend 😛


  23. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace posted on April 19, 2013 at 9:51 am (#)

    Oh that coffee cake looks so good! I have been enjoying coffee cake all my life. My mom always served coffee cake with coffee when we had company.


  24. Kristin posted on April 19, 2013 at 10:15 am (#)

    The sweeter, the better. That’s the way it should be.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Yes, that’s certainly true!


  25. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on April 19, 2013 at 10:57 am (#)

    Well of course this makes sense. It is truly time for a coffee cake with coffee in it. Now this is one lovely cake.


  26. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am (#)

    These looks so good. Don’t think we could control ourselves with these!!!


  27. carrian posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm (#)

    I can practically smell that from here. oh, I bet it’s delicious!


  28. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on April 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Fabulous! Just fabulous! I want a slice right now :)


  29. Kelsey Apley posted on April 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm (#)

    My goodness that looks delicious!! Gonna have to make this soon!


  30. Judit + Corina @Wine Dine Daily posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm (#)

    This cake looks so divine we could devour a few slices right now…


  31. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm (#)

    I was always so confused that American’s don’t generally put coffee in coffee cake – in England we do! I love that you used coffee! The streusel looks amazing!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 20th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Really? I had no idea they did that in England! And here I am thinking I’m all smart. 😉 Thanks so much Elizabeth!


  32. Kate | Food Babbles posted on April 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm (#)

    Holy cow!! This coffee cake looks amazing!! Drool


  33. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on April 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#)

    I want to wake up to this in the morning! This cake looks irresistible!


  34. Jackie posted on April 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm (#)

    If I haven’t said it already, I need to say it now………….besides your delicious recipes, I SO enjoy reading your blog! I always crack up ! Thanks for the laughs!


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  36. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama posted on April 20, 2013 at 8:28 am (#)

    This looks so amazing! :) Pinned this to make soon.


  37. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on April 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm (#)

    Uh Oh! I know all about those fights! This coffee cake does look like the perfect antidote to a rough start to the morning!


  38. madge | the vegetarian casserole queen posted on April 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#)

    I was just pondering that very thought (why no coffee in coffee cake) today actually. Because it supposed to be served with coffee, right? But who does that very often???

    Love this recipe!


  39. Monica posted on April 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    I love sound of this coffee cake – the coffee and chocolate/cocoa running through it sounds like a great way to start the day. : )


  40. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:04 am (#)

    The coffee cake look amazing and delicious!


  41. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (#)

    I a coocoo for some coffee cake :)
    Love the mocha coffee flavors of the coffee cake! (I’ve missed you at the party lately 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Sorry Lyuba! I am SO bad at linking on weekends. I’ll come right now!!


  42. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:38 am (#)

    As someone that definitely can’t function without caffeine, I love the healthy amount of coffee in this! I love that you put greek yogurt in it too and the coffee glaze looks so good!


  43. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on April 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm (#)

    I am all over any excuse for me to EAT coffee. Dorothy, the amount of coffee I drink is absurd! But gosh knows I need it sometimes! We all do. And cake for breakfast? Yes, I’m all about that!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Sally! Just hook me up to an IV, and I’ll be set to go!


  44. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    Oh my that only thing better than being able to eat and drink coffee at the same time would just be a IV straight to my blood stream with coffee in it :)


  45. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:14 am (#)

    Brilliant to put coffee in the coffee cake! Sounds like something I’ve got to try!


  46. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm (#)

    I love a good cup of coffee in the morning but I love more a piece of coffee cake with a touch of coffee in it! And that drizzle, mmm


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Yes, I’d drink it all day if I could! Thanks Roxana!


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  48. PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:19 am (#)

    Haha.. Sounds like you need more than coffee to get through those fights. Part of me can’t wait for my kid to get there, but the more sensible part of me is dreading it.

    This sounds so amazing I was trying to hurry up and read it so I could go pour me some coffee! It was when I actually finished reading that the spell was broken and I realized I didn’t have this coffee cake.

    Omg.. this coffee cake…. It sounds like the coffee cake to end all coffee cakes. Sooooo great! I wish I could just have some right now.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      My husband just sighs, goes in his office and closes the door. Or he tells her she CAN wear the white leggings as pants which just is not helpful. 😉 Thank you!


  49. Ala posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm (#)

    You’re one smart cookie, Dorothy! Coffee with coffee cake in it–makes so much sense, and just needs to be made around here soon. I absolutely love the idea and I know my coffee-flavored goods-loving mom with love it, too. Will be reporting back!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 24th, 2013 at 6:34 am

      I hope you love it! Thanks Ala!


  50. Kristen posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:14 am (#)

    I hear ya about coffee being your saving grace – totally!!
    This looks like a great coffee cake!


  51. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm (#)

    Seriously So Delish!Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!


  52. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker posted on April 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.


  53. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm (#)

    I LOVE greek yogurt and using it in coffee cake is perfect! Do you know how long I have been waiting for a coffee cake recipe with coffee in it? This is so perfect! Like, wow, why haven’t I seen this before! This WILL be my next recipe . . .


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 1st, 2013 at 6:22 am

      LOL, enjoy!! I certainly did. :)


  54. Rachel Lane posted on May 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm (#)

    Made this today for a Gevalia House Party and it was SOOOOO good. My mom, who hates almost all things chocolate, loved out, and when it came out of the oven, it smelled like IKEA cinnamon rolls. Yum… will be sharing this page on my Facebook and house party page!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 19th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it!


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  59. Aaron posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:19 am (#)


    I made this over the weekend. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    I ended up using about double the coffee called for in the streusal just to make it spread a little bit more / to give it more of a coffee taste and it still came out great.

    It was freaking *phenomenal*… especially the texture.

    Sharing with all my friends/fam. :p


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed them Aaron!


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