Chocolate Kahlúa Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake recipe – if you like chocolate and coffee, this cake is for you! This rich chocolate cake is super moist and the Kahlúa glaze really puts it over the top! Extremely easy to make with a box of cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, and Kahlúa. Serve the cake with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. SO good!

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Easy Dessert Made with Boxed Cake Mix

If you like chocolate and coffee, this Easy Chocolate Kahlua Cake is for you! This cake is extremely easy to make with a box of cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, and Kahlua coffee liqueur. YUM! The cake is super moist and the Kahlúa glaze really puts it over the top! I wanted to eat the entire cake myself! Serve the warm cake with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One bite and you are going to be blown away! This is a must for coffee and chocolate lovers!

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How to Make Chocolate Kahlúa Cake

This cake is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, combine boxed cake mix, eggs, instant pudding, chocolate pudding mix, canola oil, water, sugar, eggs, and Kahlúa liqueur. Mix with a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt cake pan. Pour cake batter into the prepared pan and bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan, place it on a cooling rack, and cool completely. Place the cake on a cake plate. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and Kahlua liqueur. Pour glaze over the top of the cake and enjoy!

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do NOT make the cake according to the package directions. You are only using the dry cake mix.
  • Do NOT make the pudding. You are only using the dry pudding mix.
  • Is there alcohol in Kahlúa? Yes. There is alcohol in Kahlúa. Substitute an equal amount of strong black coffee or espresso in place of the Kahlua for a non-alcoholic cake.
  • You can use any flavor of cake mixes that you prefer. I’ve tried this with chocolate cake mix and it is delicious.
  • Feel free to add some white chocolate chips or a little bit of cocoa powder to the batter.
  • I use Bakers Joy or Pam Baking Spray to grease and flour the Bundt cake pan. Either works great. You can also use Crisco or butter and dust the pan with flour.
  • Can I bake the cake in different cake pans? Yes! You can cook the cake in any cake pan that you prefer. You will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Can pound cake be made in advance? Yes! You can make the cake ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days at room temperature. The cake will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Can pound cake be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the baked cake. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The cake will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.
slice of chocolate cake with glaze and strawberries

Kahlua Chocolate Cake for a Crowd

This is one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made. We’ve made this dessert several times over the past few months and it is always a hit. This is great for a potluck, cookout, birthday cake, or any time you need to feed a crowd. It also makes a great homemade gift! We like to serve the cake warm with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Give this a try the next time you need an easy and delicious dessert! It is sure to become a family favorite.

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Chocolate Kahlúa Cake

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Chocolate Kahlúa Cake – if you like chocolate and coffee, this cake is for you! The cake is super moist and the Kahlúa glaze really puts it over the top! Extremely easy to make with a box of cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, and Kahlúa. Serve the cake with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. SO good!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (5.9-oz) box instant chocoate pudding
  • 1 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp Kahlúa

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt cake pan.
  • With a handheld mixer, mix together cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water, sugar, eggs, and Kahlúa for 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
  • While cake is cooling, whisk together powdered sugar and Kahlúa. Pour over cake.

Notes:

  • Do NOT make the cake according to the package directions. You are only using the dry cake mix.
  • Do NOT make the pudding. You are only using the dry pudding mix.
  • Is there alcohol in Kahlúa? Yes. There is alcohol in Kahlúa. Substitute an equal amount of strong coffee or espresso for a non-alcoholic cake.
  • I use Bakers Joy or Pam Baking Spray to grease and flour the Bundt cake pan. Either works great. You can also use Crisco or butter and dust the pan with flour.
  • Can pound cake be made in advance? Yes! You can make the cake ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. The cake will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Can pound cake be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the baked cake. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The cake will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I didn’t have Kahula so I substituted Irish Cream. It was a big hit. I’m going to make it again for Thanksgiving and try it with the Kahula.

  2. Laurie,
    Do you use instant Hershey’s pudding?
    Do you make any adjustments on other ingredients when adding the sour cream.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas. Can’t wait to try them both!

  3. I have been making a similar recipe for years, crowd pleaser always!
    With my recipe I also add 8oz. of sour cream, moist cake results!
    Also, I make it with a yellow cake mix or chocolate, both work with the same recipe.
    With the yellow cake I use French vanilla pudding mix, with the chocolate cake mix, I use Hersey’s chocolate pudding mix…enjoy!

  4. Can you substitute more Kalhua for some of the water? Like maybe 1/4 cup of the water, plus the 6 T? I would like a stronger Kalhua taste.

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