This homemade kahlua cake is so easy and completely from scratch. Rich, dense chocolate bundt cake is flavored with Kahlua, soaked in a Kahlua syrup after baking, and finally covered with ganache -- first a Kahlua Dark Chocolate Ganache then a Kahlua White Chocolate Ganache.
For this recipe you'll need: butter, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa, salt, kahlua, cream, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips
I love Kahlua. Almost as much as Baileys, as a matter of fact. In essence, I am saying that I like sweet, dessert-like, girly drinks. That works fine for me and always has since I am, of course, a girl. The idea of a Kahlua cake holds so many possibilities. Chocolate Kahlua? Spice Kahlua? Vanilla Kahlua? I think I have decided on all of the above but, as always, chocolate comes first in my life.
I noticed that it's pretty tough to find a recipe for Kahlua cake from scratch and not a mix. Well, this chocolate Kahlua bundt cake is a from scratch Kahlua cake. I know that cake mixes are handy and all but I just don't like the idea of not knowing exactly what's in them or how to pronounce it. You are rarely going to get convenience food recipes from my blog - it happens but just not that often.
The cake is moist, gets a chocolate boost from cocoa as well as bittersweet chocolate chips, has plenty of Kahlua flavor, AND is soaked in a Kahlua syrup and then covered with a Kahlua dark chocolate ganache then topped with a Kahlua white chocolate ganache.
Helloooooo.If you have an hour this cake can be in your belly. All of it...because you won't want to share.
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Here's that chocolate Kahlua Cake recipe.
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- 2 cups flour
- ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- teaspoon `½ salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup Kahlua
- ¼ cup caramel vodka
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup Kahlua
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup Kahlua
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- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Grease and flour a bundt pan.
- Stir the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together -- set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until totally incorporated before adding the next egg.
- Mix the ½ cup Kahlua, vodka, and vanilla.
- Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed.
- Add ½ the Kahlua mixture.
- Repeat the flour and Kahlua steps ending with the last of the flour.
- Fold in the sour cream until well blended.
- Finally fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon into the bundt pan and bake for 1 hour, or until cake tests done.
- Cool in pan 10 minutes before turning out.
- Cover the warm cake with glaze and let cool completely.
- Bring the Kahlua and sugar to a boil.
- Let boil for 1 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Heat the cream until bubbles form around the edge.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the white chocolate until it is smooth and melted.
- Stir in the 1//4 cup Kahlua.
- Spoon over warm cake..
I have searched this post and still only find one version. Also, in the beginning, it states:
"For this recipe you'll need: butter, cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa, salt, kahlua, cream, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips"...and I don't see either brown sugar or cream cheese in the actual recipe. I would like to make this cake for a son's birthday...and would like to compare the versions. Could you add back whichever version is not here? Thanks!
Sorry for the confusion. After a lot of testing between the two we went with this recipe because it had more flavor, stayed more moist, and readers didn't have the problems that they had with the other. I've fixed the post to reflect that. Thanks!
Excellent! Even for a newbie scratch cake baker. Followed exactly. The only issue was we maybe should have waited a bit longer to put on the drizzle. Oh also you may want to amend to say what to do with the syrup. I saw that it was asked and answered in the comments but some may miss it.
I posted some pics and a link to the recipe on one of the British Bake Off fan groups. Thanks again.
When do I use the syrup?
Brush it on the cake while it is warm.
I followed the recipe except I did not have the caremel vodka! And I wish I had used more white chocolate chips. It turned out great! I used the syrup too. It was for my niece's birthday and her office mates loved it. I tasted a little (keeping the sweets intake low) and it was rich, moist, and flavorful. 🙂 Thank you!
That's great Kathy! Thank you!
I thought it was strange that the new recipe did not have baking powder or baking soda when the original did. I should have gone with my first instinct...the cake is going into the garbage! What a waste of expensive ingredients. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting this garbage.
Nancy - so first of all, mama always said you'd catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I really value constructive criticism but telling me that I should be ashamed of myself is a little harsh. I am assuming you're having a really bad day.
Secondly, I updated to the "new" version because there were a few people that asked me to make some changes several years ago. Some people liked the "new" version better and some didn't - so I put BOTH recipes on there to make EVERYONE happy. Except you, of course.
I am sorry you didn't like it. I don't care for that version myself and so I have removed it.
However - if you ever use another of my recipes, which I realize is unlikely, and you have a critique please try to be kind. Bloggers are real people with real feelings and we have bad days, too.
Have a lovely rest of your day.
What recipe do you recommend to make? The old or new recipe?
The reason I added the old one back was that so many people liked it better. You might want to go with that
I made this exactly like the recipe and it was really dry! It’s a very expensive cake to have to throw in the trash. ☹️
Im sorry it didn't work for you.