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Chocolate Cardamom Coffee Cake

Chocolate Cardamom Coffee Cake

An excellent cake for an afternoon break, best with coffee or a nice cup of tea. The coffee brings out the taste of chocolate and pairs nicely with the cardamom. Ideally, use a stronger coffee, like Italian espresso.


  • 1½ cup + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ Tbsp Ethiopian cardamom, ground
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong coffee, cooled


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350º F. Place a rack at the center of the oven.

  2. 2

    Butter and flour a 9-inch square mould.

  3. 3

    Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a bowl. Set aside.

  4. 4

    Cream the butter with the sugar in a mixer for around 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and incorporate well. Add the vanilla and coffee.

  5. 5

    Incorporate the dry ingredients gently by hand until the dough is smooth.

  6. 6

    Transfer to the mould and bake in the oven for around 40-45 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes before removing from the mould.