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chocolate espresso bundt cake on parchment lined wooden board

Fudgy Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake

  • Author: Sloane
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bundt cake 1x
  • Category: cake
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


This fudgy chocolate espresso cake is the most decadent pound cake-inspired dessert in a gorgeous bundt cake form!



For the chocolate espresso cake:

  • 180g (1 1/2 cups) cake flour
  • 63g (3/4 cup) dutch process cocoa powder
  • 32g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) black cocoa powder*
  • 12g (2 tbsp) espresso powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 297g (2 1/2 sticks + 1 tbsp) unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 370g (1 1/2 cups + 1 1/2 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 170g (3/4 cup) sour cream (room temp)
  • 150g (3/4 cup) neutral oil*

For the espresso glaze:

  • 170g (1 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 56g (1/4 cup) hot espresso


For the chocolate espresso cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brush a 10 cup bundt pan with 1 tbsp of melted butter and coat with cocoa powder.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, cocoa powders, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until light & fluffy.
  5. Mixing on low speed, add the eggs one a time.
  6. Scrape down the bowl and mix in the vanilla.
  7. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  8. Mix in the sour cream and oil.
  9. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  10. Scrape down the bowl to ensure everything is evenly incorporated.
  11. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and smooth out the top.
  12. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to to release any air bubbles.
  13. Bake the bundt cake for about 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  14. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then use a knife to loosen the cake from the sides. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the espresso glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
  2. Pour the hot espresso over the powdered sugar and stir vigorously until smooth.
  3. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to thicken up.
  4. Pour over the cooled bundt cake and enjoy!


  • If you do not have black cocoa powder, you can use an equal amount of dutch process cocoa powder, making it a total of 95g or 1 cup + 2 tbsp.
  • Use a neutral oil, such as vegetable or canola oil. I recommend using light-tasting extra virgin olive oil.
  • Do not let the cake cool in the pan longer than 10 minutes, or it may stick to the pan!

Keywords: chocolate espresso cake, chocolate bundt cake, espresso glaze