Chocolate Espresso Cake

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 1h 30m
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12 servings Tip: Use a nonstick cake pan for easy release of this moist cake.


  • For the Cake:
  • 9 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter and flour a 9-inch nonstick cake pan. Melt chocolate and butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. (Do not burn.) Stir rum and espresso powder in large bowl until espresso dissolves. Whisk sugar and eggs into espresso mixture to blend. Whisk in vanilla and salt. Stir in warm melted chocolate mixture, then flour. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until cake just puffs in center, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on rack, 15 minutes. Cake will deflate as it cools; guide edges into pan as it cools. Run small sharp knife around edges of cake. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.


Stir rum and espresso powder in small bowl until espresso dissolves. Bring cream and butter to boil in heavy small saucepan. Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir until smooth. Stir in rum mixture and corn syrup. Let glaze stand at room temperature until no longer hot, but still liquid.

Place cake on 8-inch cardboard cake round. Set cake on rack over baking pan. Gradually pour glaze over cake, covering completely. Chill until glaze is set. Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Keep cake refrigerated.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4314

nutrition information per serving

506 calories; 31g total fat; 161mg cholesterol; 100mg sodium; 55g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 6g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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