Cappuccino Cake

Cappuccino cake coffee cake recipe The Jam Jar food blog

Coffee and cake is one of those age old combos, and this cake marries the two for the perfect afternoon pick up. There are plenty of recipes for different coffee cakes online, from traditional coffee and walnut cakes to slightly less typical ‘cappuccino cakes’ like this one, and I spent a good while trawling through all of them, picking and choosing bits that I thought would work for my recipe.

I wanted my cappuccino  cake to have a smooth texture, and to be ever so slightly moist, more like a velvet cake than a simple sponge, that’s where the yogurt comes in. I also didn’t want it to be too bitter, so damped down the coffee content and substituted with a shot of Kahlua. The icing is a simple coffee buttercream, if you prefer you can leave the coffee and go for a classic cream cheese icing, but I wanted to keep with the theme. If you love coffee this is definitely one for you, it’s deliciously caffeine filled and dusted with a little cocoa powder it even looks like the top of a hot frothy cappuccino!

For the cake

  • 190g unsalted butter
  • 190g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 210g self raising flour
  • approximately half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • 110g natural yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 60 ml of cold strong coffee (roughly two heaped teaspoons of instant coffee)
  • 35 ml of Kahlua, or a similar coffee liqueur

For the icing

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 50ml of a strong milky coffee or cappuccino
  • A little cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Beat together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go
  2. Add the flour and mix well, before adding the vanilla, yogurt, coffee and Kahlua
  3. Mix together and separate between the two tins
  4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean
  5. For the icing, beat together the butter with half the icing sugar, then add the coffee and the rest of the icing sugar alternately, and beat until you get a light, whipped frosting
  6. When the cakes are cooled, ice and assemble
  7. Dust with a little cocoa powder for the full cappuccino effect

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