The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by KookieMomster

This cake is not for the faint of heart. My friends and I created this during an all-night party where we wanted to stay up. It gets stronger in the fridge, so watch out. The grounds add a subtle crunch.

Top Review by Jessica Costello

Wow!!!! Where was this in college??!!! I used Betty Crocker tripple choc cake mix (it's the one with mini choc chips) and added 3 tbs of instant esspresso mix to buttercream frosting, then sprinkled the top with chopped nuts and a handfull of mini choc chips...... It looked pretty neat, but served chilled, this is a killer cake!! THANKS!!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box chocolate cake
  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • egg, as indicated on the box
  • oil, as indicated on the box
  • 14 cup dry ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sour cream frosting


  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Grease pan and 'flour' with coffee grounds.
  3. Measure out coffee in the amount of water indicated on the box.
  4. Save the rest of the coffee for later.
  5. Prepare cake as per box instructions but substitute coffee for water.
  6. Bake.
  7. While cake cools, warm frosting and mix with the remaining coffee, but don't make it too runny.
  8. Frost cake.
  9. Refrigerate overnight.

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