Kahlua Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Kahlua Frosting


Perfect for National Rum Day

August 16th is National Rum Day. Right about now you are probably thinking, “What‘s this got to do with chocolate?”


Well, actually, there is rum in Kahlua!! So, it totally counts!

Kahlua is a sweet, coffee-flavored liqueur that hints at dark chocolate, at least to me. The drink that always come to mind for me is Kahlua and cream. If you think about it (after a couple of these) it’s just an adult glass of chocolate milk, right?

Start with a box mix and add to it

Coffee is a popular additive to baked goods to enhance chocolate flavor, so this Kahlua chocolate cake (found at flourarrangements.org) seemed like a heavenly combination to me, especially since it starts with a box mix and only needs eggs, oil, sour cream and Kahlua to complete the ingredient list.

(Note: The original recipe called for 1½ cups chocolate chips, which I omitted. Please proceed according to your own taste).

This frosting is a keeper!

The other decision was, of course, the frosting. The original recipe called for a chocolate ganache, which looks great in photos, but the last time I used ganache the carnivore in the house felt there wasn’t enough frosting.

I have been on a quest to find the perfect chocolate frosting and this time I stumbled across a keeper: Chocolate-Kahlua frosting. (found at glorioustreats.com) In addition to the usual ingredients in frosting (butter, powdered sugar, more butter, more sugar) this one includes cream cheese, cocoa powder and Kahlua. Yum!

How to make Kahlua Chocolate Cake

The directions for this cake are very straightforward: Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix for 3 to 5 minutes. Pour into a prepared Bundt pan (greased and dusted with cocoa) and bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes and then invert to finish cooling.

How to make Chocolate Kahlua Frosting

The frosting is similarly simple: With a mixer, cream the butter, add cream cheese and mix well. Add the cocoa powder, and then powdered sugar about one cup at a time. Mix well before adding the next cup. Once the powders are fully incorporated, add vanilla, Kahlua and a little heavy cream or milk.

Chocolate Kahlua Frosting


Like many recipes these days, the directions specify the use of a stand mixer. Even though I do have one, I did not use it and instead used my trusty hand-held mixer for both the cake and the frosting. Wasn’t a problem. 🤓

Because of the cream cheese in this frosting, I recommend refrigerating the cake once it’s frosted. I did so, and it was delightful for several days after baking. All I did was loosely wrap the plate with plastic wrap to prevent drying out. The cake stayed moist and flavorful.

Kahlua Chocolate Cake

And I realized that it’s really quite yummy to eat cold cake, especially in the summer!

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5 from 16 votes

Kahlua Chocolate Cake

with Chocolate-Kahlua Frosting
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1 package Devil’s Food Cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Kahlua
  • ¾ cup oil
  • Shortening and cocoa powder – for dusting pan


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Beat on low speed to moisten and then medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (just a few clinging crumbs is ok).
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Invert the cake carefully onto a rack to finish cooling.
  • Once cake has fully cooled to room temperature, frost with Chocolate-Kahlua frosting (recipe below) or another frosting of your choice.



Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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5 from 16 votes

Chocolate-Kahlua Frosting

Delicious on any cake!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Sula


  • 12 TB (1½ stick) butter
  • 4 oz (1/2 block) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TB coffee liqueur Kahlua
  • 1 TB heavy cream or milk


  • Place butter in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add cream cheese and continue to beat until fully incorporated and smooth.
  • Add cocoa powder and beat to combine.
  • Add powdered sugar, no more than one cup at a time. Mix well and repeat until all sugar is mixed in.
  • Add vanilla, 2 tablespoons Kahlua and 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk.
  • Beat until all liquid is fully incorporated and frosting is smooth and fluffy.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

If you liked this Kahlua Chocolate Cake, you might want to try German Chocolate cake or some Toll House Brownies.

And if you need something to make with that bottle of Kahlua, a White Russian is the classic choice. For something even more decadent, try a Kahlua Mudslide.


34 thoughts on “Kahlua Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Kahlua Frosting

  1. 5 stars
    Sula!!! Well done on this; it looks AMAZING!!! How smooth and delicious and chocolaty looking! Can’t wait to try this recipe either!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow…..so many favorite flavors all in one cake! I pinned to save when I have more people to share it with….I’m afraid I would eat the entire thing myself!

  3. 5 stars
    Kuhlua and chocolate and cake….now that’s a combo I can get behind! Sounds like the perfect mix!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I made your recipe for a gathering the other day and everyone kept asking for the recipe. It was totally a hit!

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