Rich Mocha Cake, deep dark chocolate flavor enhanced with coffee and Kahlua in the batter as well as doused with Kahlua on top after baking then glazed with a chocolate glaze.  Don’t let the word rich fool you either!  At only 216 calories per serving its a treat you can afford for your special occasions.
Rich Mocha Cake, sounds sinful but only 5 Weight Watcher Points Plus! Deep dark chocolate flavor enhanced with coffee and Kahlua in the batter as well as doused with Kahlua on top after baking then glazed with a chocolate glaze.

While we were on break, my co-worker Sue had a birthday! Fortunately Facebook reminded me of it or I wouldn’t have remembered until I got back to work and opened my calendar! I’m bad at remembering things on my own. I have to write everything down or I end up forgetting something important!

Rich Mocha Cake, sounds sinful but only 5 Weight Watcher Points Plus! Deep dark chocolate flavor enhanced with coffee and Kahlua in the batter as well as doused with Kahlua on top after baking then glazed with a chocolate glaze.

Since I knew it was Sue’s birthday, I knew I had an excuse to make a cake! Sunday night I picked up the Healthy Cooking April/May 2008 magazine. I glanced at the index and saw there was a chocolate cake recipe. I read the ingredient list and figured it sounded quick and easy enough and decided to make that as soon as I got up the next morning! I was baking her cake at 4:30 AM!! I do owe her big time. She saved my behind our last day at work before Christmas! I was at work without a car and my temporary tooth (in the process of a root canal) came loose! She sent me off with her car to get it fixed. She also is good at reminding me of what I need to take home like my purse, my cell, anything I have in the fridge. Last night I left my cell on my desk! Sue made sure to ask me if I had it tonight. I said I was bad at remembering things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rich Mocha Cake, sounds sinful but only 5 Weight Watcher Points Plus! Deep dark chocolate flavor enhanced with coffee and Kahlua in the batter as well as doused with Kahlua on top after baking then glazed with a chocolate glaze.

I made her this cake to celebrate her day and I even had a present to give her! I was so proud of myself for going into to work Monday morning with gift and cake in hand! Mid-afternoon we had some of the cake. It was very moist and delicious! I sent her home with the rest of the cake to enjoy with her family.

Tuesday morning when I came into work Sue had a surprise for me. She had made a beautiful scarf (neck warmer my CF’s !). It was red and black and matched my peacoat perfectly! So, it was her birthday, and she brought me in a gift too! Who could ask for a better co-worker! Thanks Sue…and I hope you had a great time with your family tonight as you celebrated with them. Tomorrow, my treat at First Crush, and maybe we can talk Shawn into putting a candle in your cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rich Mocha Cake

2 Tbsp coffee
4 eggs
3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Kahlua, divided
3 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

2 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1-2 Tbsp Kahlua

In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in boiling water. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, almond milk, 1/2 cup Kahlua, oil, vanilla and coffee mixture until well blended. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually beat into egg mixture until blended.

Coat a 10-inch fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add batter. Bake at 325 for 40-48 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Cool 15 minutes longer; brush with remaining Kahlua. Cool completely.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate with milk; stir until smooth. Stir in enough Kahlua to achieve a spreading consistency. Spread over top of cake.

18 servings
Calories: 216
Fat: 4
Fiber: 1
Protein: 3
Carbohydrate: 39
WW Points Plus: 5

**Note- updated 1/6/15:
I went on a search to try and figure out where I got this recipe from but wasn’t successful.  I’m assuming it was Cooking Light since I made so many recipes from their magazines when I first started blogging.  I recalculated the nutrition through my fitness pal and updated the nutrition info with the ingredient lists there.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Danielle January 7, 2009 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Yum that came out of a healthy cooking cook book!! It looks so bad for me :}
    I have a few good co-workers like your Sue they are few and far between so hold onto them as long as you can!

  2. Marthe January 7, 2009 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Sue sounds like the best coworker anyone could ask for ๐Ÿ™‚
    This looks amazing!

  3. Debbie January 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    The cake looks great and I even have Kahlua in my pantry!!!! I forget everything too. Join the club!

  4. Happy cook January 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Lucky sure to have you as a friend and that too one who make delicious cakes for her.
    Cake looks so yumm , drooling here
    Happy 2009 to you and your loved ones.

  5. Christy January 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Your cake looks so moist and delicious. We have three family birthdays this week, one of which is my SIL, this cake is perfect to surprise her with tomorrow. You’re wonderful! {{Hugs}}

  6. Kaitlin January 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    That is awesome, how sweet! The cake looks delightful!

  7. Barbara Bakes January 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Wow – it sounds like you work in a great place! I love chocolate bundt cakes!

  8. Lureena January 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I will definitely keep this one in mind the next time I feel like baking a cake! Yummy!

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums January 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, that cake looks hyper luscious! Yummy!



  10. natalia January 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    This cake is so good-looking ! I can see you baking at 4 AM !!! How is your nice daughter in law ?? The pear tart is terrific !Baci

  11. Dawn January 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Mocha…I just love mocha and haven’t made anything mocha for ages. That frosting looks so good.

  12. Bellini Valli January 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    It sounds like you work with a great bunch HoneyB.Enjoying work is so important!!

  13. Creative One January 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    It is nice to have coworkers who are so thoughtful. The cake looks delicious. I would love to have a cake like this for my birthday!

  14. Bunny January 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    You can see how moist the cake is! You’ve gotta love that! It looks delicious Shelby!

  15. Gera January 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    There’s no need an excuse to make an awesome cake like that just stunning ๐Ÿ™‚
    Long time since mocha for me I’ll try it!
    Btw facebook it seems useful Shelby ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  16. pinkstripes January 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    The birthday cake looks absolutely amazing. I can’t believe you were up at 4:30 am baking. Facebook is wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. Hillary January 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I would love an excuse to make a cake right now…unfortunately I know too many people with summer birthdays. Your cake looks awesome!

  18. Robin Sue January 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I am dying for chocolate now. That cake looks so rich and moist. My Bday is in May if you ever get the urge to bake another cake like this. Wink.

  19. Lisa January 7, 2009 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Delicious looking cake. Don’t you just love facebook?

  20. Marjie January 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Sounds like glorious indulgence to me. I don’t need any excuse for cake, other than, “Well, it’s Tuesday!”

  21. Diana January 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    What a special friend you have at work! The cake looks delicious.

  22. Pam January 7, 2009 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    It looks so moist and delicious. I love that you add Kahlua to the frosting.

  23. Katie January 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    What a great coworker you are!

  24. shellyfish January 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    You are such a great friend, and so is your co-worker – what a wonderful work ambiance.

  25. Alyson's Wonderland January 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Oh goodness, that looks so good!

  26. Melissa January 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    We eat cake all the time with no excuse. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This looks super yummy!

  27. Stacey Snacks January 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I don’t need an excuse to eat cake!
    I will be back to my old tricks by the weekend!
    That looks delish!
    PS your pear tart is gorgeous too!
    Stacey Snacks

  28. Annie January 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    That cake looks so delicious and moist! And for a coffee addict like me – perfect!

  29. Jenny January 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Now that is what I call a gorgeous cake! Love it and want a slice!

  30. noble pig January 8, 2009 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Oh wow, that’s really incredible! It looks so rich and moist!

  31. gail January 8, 2009 at 1:14 am - Reply

    mmmm – the ONLY way to make chocolate cake – with some sort of coffee element…mmm ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Foong January 8, 2009 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Yummy, that looks really, really good!

  33. Carrian January 8, 2009 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Ok, that looks amazing!!!

  34. Matt January 8, 2009 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Coffee and chocolate are a match made in culinary heaven. The Kahlua/chocolate icing just puts the whole thing over the top!

  35. Meg January 8, 2009 at 3:18 am - Reply

    That frosting looks out of this world! I love Kahlua with chocolate!

  36. Di January 8, 2009 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Wow, that looks fabulous! And I love baking birthday cakes for people at work.

  37. CookiePie January 8, 2009 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Oh WOW – that cake looks AMAZING!!!! Lucky lucky co-worker!

  38. recipes2share January 8, 2009 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Great cake & what a blessing to have such a good friend as Sue!

  39. Megan January 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    This sounds heavenly! Bookmarked!

  40. Cakelaw January 10, 2009 at 10:25 am - Reply

    A delicious looking chocolate cake which is low in calories – fab! Your co-worker is very lucky to get a cake and a present.

  41. Meg January 15, 2009 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I stole one of your pics because I gave you the Holy Yum award tonight! I hope that is OK! Congrats and feel free to display your award or share about it if you would like!

  42. Erica S ( January 7, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    You got me with the photos, but then I see there's Kahlua! WOW LOVE this cake – it looks soooo delicious!!!

  43. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads January 7, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness!! This sounds fabulous with the kahlua!! Love it!

  44. Rachael January 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Sue is a lucky lady, this looks and sounds fantastic!

  45. Chat Aguilar-Daplas June 3, 2015 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Love Kahlua and mocha combo! Did you use almond milk or buttermilk?

  46. honeyb June 3, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I used Almond Milk ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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