Chocolate Kahlua Cake

Updated: Feb 18

A classic chocolate cake with a dash of Kahula that's perfect for any occasion or even just as an everyday treat!



As a person who is half-Mexican and half-Chinese but has grown up in California, I have experienced many different flavors and cuisines. From a very young age, I was served typical Mexican and Asian dishes on the daily. This helped to slowly, but surely, expand my palette to new and more refined flavors and textures. In elementary school, I refused to bring anything between two slices of bread for lunch as I thought it was too plain, too.... cliché. I often opted for some type of soup or other dish. And, this "pickiness" per se has not changed. I continue to search and look for dishes and platters with a more distinct zing and flavor. 


I grew up in a home where almost every dish was made from scratch and my personal favorites were always the desserts - specifically Mexican desserts. Chocolate Kahlua Cake was one of those desserts that was a staple in my household. As a child, I would always take a slice to school and sometimes even sneak in a piece during breakfast. 

This cake isn't your typical chocolate cake, hence the name. The moist texture of the cake pairs beautifully with the strong kick of Kahlua you get in every bite. This is most definitely the cake to share with your family and friends when wanting to surprise them with an out-of-the-ordinary chocolate cake. 


What You'll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup cocoa

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 1/4 cup kahlua

  • 8 oz. of sour cream (half of a whole container)

  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

  • Powdered sugar (for decoration)


Let's Get to It!


Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

Step Two: Pour all of your dry ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) in a small bowl and combine.

Step Three: Take a large bowl and pour in all of your wet ingredients. Whisk together. 

Step Four: Once all of your wet ingredients are well mixed together, pour the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients. Whisk together until there are no clumps.

Step Five: Finally, pour in the chocolate chips and whisk together. 

Step Six: Grease your bundt cake pan. 

Step Seven: Take your pan and pour in the mixture. Place it in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

Step Eight: Once time's up, take your cake out of the oven and let stand for about 15 minutes or until the pan is no longer hot to the touch. 

Step Nine: Once your cake is cooled, transfer over to a plate or dish. Using a sifter, shake as much powdered sugar as you'd like over your cake. And you're done!

Step Ten: Serve and enjoy!

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