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Coffee Cake with White Chocolate Mocha Icing

Updated on December 3, 2013
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Coffee Cake with White Chocolate Mocha Icing

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Baking with Coffee

My husband is a big fan of coffee and I enjoy creating new recipes to bake so I decided to try baking a cake for him that included coffee. I'm happy I did because he loved it! Bonus: the coffee also gave the house a nice aromatic smell. It's a simple recipe since I used boxed cake mix for this one but I have tried making it from scratch. This recipe is easier so I thought it would work well for those who want to give it a try to you can change up the recipe to suit your preference.

I plan to bake this cake with different flavors of coffee and icing in the future. Now, he can drink his coffee and eat it, too!

Coffee Cake


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 24 cupcakes or 8-9 inch cake serves 8-10 people


  • 1 box Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix, or other vanilla or white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup unbrewed coffee of your choice, I used Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Columbian
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 stick unsweetened butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons White Chocolate Mocha Creamer, I used International Delight brand
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, optional

Instructions for Cake

  1. Set oven to bake at 350 degrees. If making cupcakes, insert baking cups in pan. For cake, grease cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, follow directions on box for cake mix. Stir in coffee grinds.
  3. Pour batter into cake pan or baking cups.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center of cake.

French Vanilla Cake Mix


Add in Coffee Grinds to Cake Mix


Bake Cake

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. | Source

Instructions for Icing

1. In a large bowl, mix shortening, butter and creamer with an electric mixer until creamy.

2. Add in milk if too thick.

White Chocolate Mocha Icing

Mix icing; add in milk if you would like a thinner consistency.
Mix icing; add in milk if you would like a thinner consistency. | Source

Coffee Facts and History

  • A popular Ethiopian legend says that coffee was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who found his goats full of energy after eating the red berries of the coffee shrubs. Kaldi tried the berries himself and had a similar reaction. A monk witnessed their strange behavior and took some berries back to his fellow monks and they, too, were alert and energized (The Caffeinated HIstory of Coffee by Tori Avery, PBS.Food, April 2013).
  • According to the National Coffee Association USA, in the article, The HIstory of Coffee, the Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee and begin its trade.
  • In 1822, the First espresso machine was made in France and Dr. Ernest in 1933 invented the first automatic espresso machine. The modern-day espresso machine was created by Italian Achilles Gaggia in 1946 (The History of How We Make Coffee, by Mary Bellis, Guide).
  • Coffee is one of the most valuable primary products in world trade, second in value only to oil as a source of foreign exchange to producing countries (The Story of Coffee, International Coffee Organization).

How Well Do You Know Coffee? (Source: Useless-But Interesting-Coffee Facts, Nantucket Coffee Roasters)

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Popular Types of Coffee

According to 7 Popular Types Of Coffee by Ask Men, these are the seven most popular types of coffee:

  1. Espresso
  2. Cappuccino
  3. Americano
  4. Caffe Latte
  5. Caf Au Lait
  6. Caf Mocha (Mochachino)
  7. Caramel Macchiato

Different Ways to Drink Coffee

What do you have to have in your coffee?

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Iced Coffee...Cake

It's not iced coffee but an iced coffee cake with white chocolate mocha icing!
It's not iced coffee but an iced coffee cake with white chocolate mocha icing! | Source

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