Mocha Coffee Cake

A sweet topping of cocoa powder and cinnamon is baked right into this delicious mocha coffee cake.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
12 servings



  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

Coffee Cake

  • 1 ½ cups flour

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten, or 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed

  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream or plain lowfat yogurt

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. To prepare Topping: In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside.

  3. To prepare Coffee Cake: In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sour cream, water, canola oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with topping.

  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces; serve warm.


Tip: If using a sugar substitute-sugar blend, we recommend Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/2 cup brown sugar. Nutrition Facts PerServing with Substitute: Same as below, except 162 cal., 147 mg sodium, 22 g carb. (6 g sugar). Exchanges: 0.5 medium fat protein.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 piece
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 7%
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 127IU 3%
Folate 55mcg 14%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 105mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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