Coffee Flavored Cake


I was just a little bit disappointed the first time I tried coffee cake. It tasted okay — good even — but I had expected coffee flavored cake and that definitely wasn’t. So when I finally found this recipe for real coffee cake (you know, the kind that tastes like coffee and isn’t just served alongside it) I was very excited! See what you think!

This goes perfectly with Coffee Icing. See how we used this recipe in our Owl Cake by clicking here.



Coffee Flavored Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla



Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease and flour two round baking pans.

In a large bowl mix sugar, flour, and salt. Set aside.

Melt butter in a pot over medium-low heat. While that’s melting, add 3 tablespoons instant coffee to 1 cup boiling water. Set aside.

Once butter has melted, add coffee mixture to the butter in the pot. Let it come to a boil for about ten seconds, then turn off the heat. Set aside for just a minute.

In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Pour the butter/coffee mixture into the flour mixture. Stir the mixture together gently. The purpose here isn’t to mix it together perfectly, but to cool down the heat before adding the egg mixture.

Add in the egg mixture and stir gently until well combined. Then pour into pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until set.

Allow to cool completely.


From The Pioneer Woman.


  1. Erin says:

    This coffee flavored cake is AWESOME!!!! My brother has asked me to do his groomsmen cake and he wanted a coffee flavored cake…this recipe is by far THE BEST!!!

  2. Marian Staudt says:

    Hi Kelli, I’m about to make this cake for my daughter-in-law as a birthday cake. Can you please tell me the weight or cup size of a ‘stick of butter’? Thanks.

  3. Amy says:

    Hi, I’m going to make your owl cake for my daughter’s birthday. Could you please let me know if it was plain flour that you used or self raising.? Thanks.

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