Double Chocolate Kahlua Cake

This double chocolate Kahlua cake is packed full of deep chocolate flavor and jazzed up with Kahlua liqueur. This is the cake for chocolate lovers!

This double chocolate Kahlua cake is packed full of deep chocolate flavor and jazzed up with Kahlua liqueur. This is the cake for chocolate lovers!

If you love chocolate you will LOVE this cake. It is rich, moist and delicious. Oh and it’s made from a box mix too 🙂 I know I know. I’m a food blogger, I shouldn’t use box mixes. Well, here is the thing. I sometimes totally dig box cake.

There is something about it that reminds me of being a kid. My mom used to make these cakes from molded cake pans and I loved them! For your viewing pleasure here is some pictures of me enjoying cake throughout the years 🙂

Nutmeg Nanny loves cake!

See? I didn’t lie. I love cake 🙂

Since I had a couple boxes of cake mixes I decided I was going to do something delicious with one of the boxes. I found a delicious recipe from the The Cake Mix Doctor for a chocolate kahlua cake and I thought to myself  “I love chocolate…I love kahlua…I’ll love this cake!”  The best thing about this delicious dessert is that it’s extremely easy, super chocolaty and moist. Enjoy!!!

This double chocolate Kahlua cake is packed full of deep chocolate flavor and jazzed up with Kahlua liqueur. This is the cake for chocolate lovers!


Double Chocolate Kahlua Cake

This double chocolate Kahlua cake is packed full of deep chocolate flavor and jazzed up with Kahlua liqueur. This is the cake for chocolate lovers!

Yield: 2 (9 inch) round cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For Cake:

  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) plain devil's food cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs

For Fluffy Chocolate Kahlua Frosting:

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Source: The Cake Mix Doctor


Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pans aside.

Place the cake mix, cocoa, Kahlua, buttermilk, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look well combined. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pans in the oven side by side.

Bake the cakes until they spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 28 to 30 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up. Allow to cool completely, 30 minutes more.

Meanwhile, prepare the Fluffy Chocolate Kahlua Frosting. Place the cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl and pour in the boiling water and Kahlua. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the cocoa comes together into a soft mass. Add the butter and blend with an electric mixer on low speed until the mixture is soft and well combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Add the confectioners' sugar and cinnamon and beat with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the frosting lightens and is fluffy, 2 minutes more.

Place one of the layers right side up on a cake plate or stand. Generously and evenly frost the top of the layer. Place the second layer on top, and generously frost the top of the cake creating decorative swirls with the spatula. With the remaining frosting, frost around the sides of the cake using smooth, clean strokes.

Slice, then serve.

28 Responses to “Double Chocolate Kahlua Cake”

  1. #
    Joanne — September 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I think when you’re adding in this much good stuff (i.e. Kahlua) to a boxed cake mix, it doesn’t count as a boxed cake mix anymore. It just counts as amazingly delicious.

  2. #
    Sue — September 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    So chocolatey and moist! Love the cake memory photos! So cute!

  3. #
    Megan — September 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I dont thing there is anything wrong with using a cake mix. I like making doctored up cakes! This sound (and looks) like one that is right up my alley! Love the pics of you as a little girl!

  4. #
    Heavenly Housewife — September 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

    What a decadently delicious cake daaaaahling! And I LOVE your photos 😀
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. cake mix is my friend

  5. #
    Jessica — September 28, 2010 at 10:45 am

    This cake looks amazing! I cannot wait to try the recipe…I love anything quick and easy that can be doctored up…so please keep em’ coming!

  6. #
    Julia — September 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    That cake looks amazing! We try not to use the box mixes too much, but I remember all the box mix birthday cakes growing up as well!

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    Have a great day!

  7. #
    5 Star Foodie — September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Mmmm… this cake is perfectly chocolatey!

  8. #
    Jen_from_NJ — September 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Awwww your pictures are so cute. Great cake!

  9. #
    Faith — September 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Love your kiddie pics, how adorable! The cake sounds fantastic, and OMG, that frosting stole my heart!

  10. #
    jansboutique — September 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I would never know this started out of a box by looking at it. Looks delicious!

  11. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Mmm… That cake sounds divine. Hooray for kahlua and cake!

  12. #
    Blond Duck — September 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I can’t make a cake without a mix. My talent is in pie, not cake!

  13. #
    jenn (bread + butter) — September 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I love cake, too. especially if they are chocolate cake. 🙂 Or double chocolate. hehehe…

    btw…adorable photos of you.

  14. #
    Erin — September 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    This looks SOOOO yummy!! Two of my favorite things! 🙂 I love your pics! You look so happy on your 3rd bday! lol Keep sharing the great recipes!

  15. #
    Lauren — September 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Delicious! I love kahlua and I love chocolate cake…yum!

  16. #
    Framed — September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    LOVE this recipe…and the pictures of you are adorable!!

  17. #
    Mimi — September 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It’s the end result that counts and this looks pretty yummy to me.

  18. #
    Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — September 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    This looks and sounds wonderful- I love Kahlua and have no problem at all with using a box of cake mix!

  19. #
    Reeni — September 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I have her cookbook! Haven’t made anything out of it in years. The cake looks rich and luscious! I like the idea of adding kahlua to it.

  20. #
    Cakelaw — September 30, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, this looks so chocolatey and delicious! Wanna sibnk my teeth into that slice right now.

  21. #
    Mary — October 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

    That first photo was a dead giveaway that you’d be a foodie :-). You started my day with a smile and a great piece of cake. This is my first visit to your blog, but I’ll be back. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. #
    biz319 — October 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Double chocolate? Sign me up! Looks delicious.

    I actually use box cake mix, add 1 cup water, 1 cup mayo and 2 eggs and bake as directed – it comes out super moist every time.

    Happy Friday – have a great weekend!

  23. #
    Comfy Cook — October 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This is the cake, dreams are made of. I am a Kahlua fan so that mixed with chocolate cake has to be delicious.

  24. #
    will — October 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I made cupcakes with the cake recipe, they turned out wonderfully springy and light. Paired with BrownEyedBaker’s Bailey’s Irish Creme frosting they were a huge hit..

    Thank you very much.


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