Chocolate Kahlua Cake

This super easy Chocolate Kahlua Cake recipe (from cake mix!) is a double chocolate Kahlua cake drizzled with a Kahlua glaze. It’s a moist, tender, rich chocolate cake for a fabulous, showstopping, booze-infused treat.

slice of chocolate cake with kahlua glaze on white plate with kahlua bottle and cake in background

Every now and again, a recipe intrigues me even though it is not the kind of thing that I would usually make. This one starts with a cake mix and a package of pudding.

I know, I know, chemicals and preservatives and stuff, but sometimes there is nothing more delicious than a cake made from a mix. I have a chocolate cake made from scratch, but let me tell ya, this cake is delicious.

I saw my friend Tiffany post about this Chocolate Kahlua Cake on her Facebook page. It is her husband’s birthday cake request every year, and since I am a bore, I asked her for the recipe. I am so glad that I did. This cake is moist, chocolaty and pretty much my idea of heaven.

Ingredients //

The ingredients come in two parts – the chocolate chocolate chip Kahlua cake and the Kahlua glaze.

For the cake, you will need chocolate cake mix, instant chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, vegetable oil, Kahlua and chocolate chips.

For the glaze, gather together powdered sugar and Kahlua.

boxed cake mix, kahlua, instant chocolate pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil, powdered sugar, semiisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Cake Mix. Duncan Hines Devil’s Food mix was what I had on hand. But feel free to use your favorite brand such as Betty Crocker or Pillsbury.

Chocolate Pudding Mix. This adds more chocolate goodness, but also contributes to it’s light, rich texture thanks to cornstarch and milk powder present in the pudding mix. It creates a super moist cake that is magical – just like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies.

Kahlua. Look for Kahlua in the cordial section of liquor stores. I picked up a larger bottle because, why not? But you will only need a little over ½ cup for this recipe, so one of the small bottles will be plenty. You could always use up the rest in Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Chip Frosting.

Chocolate Chips. I had a large bag of semi-sweet chips laying around, so I used those. Use any combo of dark, milk or even white chocolate chips you already have on hand.

How to Make // The Steps

This easy double chocolate cake spiked with Kahlua requires one bowl, a whisk and a decorative bundt pan to make it all the more appealing.

  • Put everything in the bowl except for the chocolate chips.
boxed cake mix, eggs, sour cream in glass bowl
  • Mix for a few minutes until it is well combined.
chocolate cake batter in glass bowl
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
chocolate kahlua cake batter and chocolate chips in glass bowl
  • Pour the batter in a greased bundt pan.
chocolate cake batter in bundt pan
  • Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Add the powdered sugar and Kahlua to a bowl.
powdered sugar and kahlua in glass bowl with whisk
  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and Kahlua until smooth.
pouring kahlua glaze in glass bowl
  • Pour the glaze over the top of the cake.
kahlua soaked chocolate cake with glaze on white cake stand

What Makes This Chocolate Kahlua Cake So Good?

Like anyone needed an excuse to eat more chocolate cake. I make this Kahlua spiked dessert because:

  • Shortcut ingredients mean I can mix, pour and bake the cake with minimal effort.
  • Booze and chocolate – enough said.
  • It’s elegant enough to serve at a dinner party, yet cozy enough to make it just because.

Serving Suggestions

I gild the lily with a Kahlua glaze, but you can always take a simple approach with a dusting of powdered sugar (just like Tiffany).

A large dollop of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or fresh strawberries never hurt.

Serve it as a fabulous dessert at your next dinner party, casual get-together with friends or just because.

Tip: For best results, I recommend glazing the cake the day you are going to serve and only when the cake has cooled completely. The glaze will begin to infuse into the cake after just one day.

How to Store //

The Kahlua cake and glaze will keep for up to 3 days stored separately.

Store the cake in a domed cake plate on your kitchen counter while you store the glaze in an airtight container in the fridge. Allow the glaze to come to room temperature before finishing.

easy chocolate cake finished with kahlua glaze on white cake plate with white plate and gold forks

Make-Ahead Dessert for a Party

Believe it or not, but the chocolaty goodness of this cake gets even better when made the one day ahead.

Simply bake, cool and store as directed above. Finish and glaze just before the party!

More Chocolate Cake Recipes //

Originally published in January 2019, updated July 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!

Chocolate Kahlua Cake Recipe

Chocolate Kahlua Cake with Kahlua Glaze

Yield: serves 8-10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This easy Chocolate Kahlua Cake recipe (from cake mix!) is drizzled with a Kahlua glaze that's a moist, tender, booze-infused treat.

Ingredients

Chocolate Kahlua Cake:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (your favorite brand)
  • 1 box (3.75-ounce) chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua
  • 1 (6-ounce) package chocolate chips

Kahlua Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Kahlua

Instructions

  1. Put everything in the bowl except for the chocolate chips.
  2. Mix for a few minutes until it is well combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter in a greased bundt pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and Kahlua in a bowl.
  8. Whisk together the powdered sugar and Kahlua until smooth.
  9. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake.

Notes

For best results, I recommend glazing the cake the day you are going to serve and only when the cake has cooled completely. The glaze will begin to infuse into the cake after just one day.

The Kahlua cake and glaze will keep for up to 3 days stored separately. Store the cake in a domed cake plate on your kitchen counter while you store the glaze in an airtight container in the fridge. Allow the glaze to come to room temperature before finishing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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This Post Has 136 Comments

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Oh dear, yes. Kahlua and chocolate!? We’re in. We are SO in.

    1. bakedbree

      So easy to make too. I like having a cake on the counter at all times. This is a perfect cake for that.

    2. Karen

      Should the knife come out clean?

      1. bakedbree

        When it is done? Yes.

    3. Mechele

      I’m making this cake this weekend, do you think it’s ok for kids, does alcohol change once it’s cooked?

      1. bakedbree

        That is your call, but the icing has uncooled Kahlua in it. I probably would make it an adult only dessert.

  2. Annalise

    You had me with the title and that first picture alone. Swoon!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Annalise!

  3. Alison

    Well Said!
    Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a box of Betty Crocker or some pre-made pudding. The cake looks fantastic! I think I’ll have to make it myself. Thanks for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      Nope, not at all. 🙂

  4. Casey J

    My family has been making a very similar, possibly identical, cake for years. I can’t remember where the recipe is from now (probably someone’s mother or an old friend) but it is truly delicious. I don’t have the family recipe so I may have to make this one instead.

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that you found a similar recipe.

    2. Sara Alexander

      Same here. My mom and I used to make this from an old recipe she had. It was passed down so who knows where it came from or how old the recipe is. This is my go to when trying to recreate our old one. It’s spot on. Love it!

  5. Marissa

    Yummy! A friend from work made something similar as well- I am adding this to my cakes-to-make list! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      It is delicious, but also really, really easy.

  6. Nina

    Stunning. Kahlua and chocolate is an unbelievable combination!

    1. bakedbree

      Yes it is!

  7. C

    This is an old standard in our office. Always the first to go at potluck. Similar such doctored cakes are in one of my favorite, fun cookbooks – Cake Mix Doctor

    1. bakedbree

      thanks! I usually make everything from scratch, but this is worth getting a box of cake mix.

  8. Christina

    This looks so delicious and sinful! Thanks for posting

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Christina!

  9. Mabel

    Thank you for the recipe Bree. Now I remember seeing this at Tiffany’s blog. Can’t wait to make this!

    1. bakedbree

      Make it! It is so good.

  10. Kristen

    I have a kahlua cake recipe, but it isn’t chocolate. This recipe is definitley going in my keeper file!

    1. bakedbree

      It was so good. My husband loved it.

  11. Donelle

    Yep. I’ve made this a few times at friends’ requests. It is super moist. I usually do the powdered sugar and vanilla bean ice cream thing but will have to try your glaze next time. Good thinking!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks, the glaze is so good.

  12. patsy

    That cake looks amazing! I have no problem “doctoring” up a cake mix into something a bit more special… and this certainly qualifies as something special!

    1. bakedbree

      it really is special.

  13. Jun

    I’m saving this recipe… The photo alone convince me that I have to eat this before tpday become yesterday.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Jun!

  14. Jess

    Mmm! This looks nummy!
    Great pictures!!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Jess!

  15. Aliza

    I’ve been making this recipe for years, and it’s a no-fail! Comes out amazing every time, and the glaze always adds a teeny bit of crunch and an extra bite of kahlua!

    1. bakedbree

      It is a keeper!

  16. Glocal Girl

    Talk about chocolate heaven… Bree, your recipes and creations are always to die for. I read them when I have a free moment at work and this Friday morning at 11am it makes me want CAKE for lunch. haha!

    Hugs from Amsterdam,
    Jeanelle

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you so much Jeanelle!

  17. Suzelle

    made this to have for hubby’s b-day tonight…can’t wait !!! Thank you 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that he liked it.

  18. Marie

    SO going to make this this wkend! I LOVE any kind of cake that includes booze…is that wrong to say?? I make an AWESOME rum cake that includes a cake mix and it’s the only way you can make it! I tried from scratch but was unsuccessful. Thanks so much!!

    1. bakedbree

      No, not at all! I make a whiskey cake like that too. You have to use a mix.

  19. Katy belle

    I’ve been making this for years! People really love it. I dropped one off to a friend for her birthday once. Later that day i noticed the chocolate chips still on the counter! I called her and sais,”I forgot the chocolate chips.”. She replied,”I noticed!”. Hee-hee. Im looking forward to trying your boozey glaze.

    1. bakedbree

      It is a great dessert, easy and delicious.

  20. Jessica

    Oh Bree! Yay! I’m totally making this for my sweet sister-in-law’s 30th bday tomorrow! It’s perfect. Thank you!

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that she likes is Jessica!

  21. Amanda

    I have the cake on a cooling rack right now, I am so excited to make the glaze and bite into it!! By the way, I LOVE your round cooling rack, where did you get it?

  22. Amanda

    The cake was delicious and so moist!!! Only little problem was my icing was a little runny, even with following the directions to the T…

    1. bakedbree

      I am sorry that the glaze was runny. I will make it again and make sure that the quantities are right. If it is too runny, you can always add some more powdered sugar to thicken it up.

      1. Amanda

        I guess I never thought of just adding more powdered sugar haha It was still delicious runny. I just dipped into the excess while I was eating it, yum!

        1. bakedbree

          lol. Sauce on the side? Sounds good to me.

  23. Mabel

    I have all the ingredients. All I need now is for this allergy to go away so I can smell and taste it )-:

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, you need to be able to taste this! So good.

  24. Christina

    Pretty sure you just posted the cake I’ll be making for my husband’s birthday. He’ll love it! Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome! Happy birthday!

  25. janice bendel

    i don’t have any kahlua on hand and wonder if amaretto can be substituted? this cake looks wonderful but at the moment kahlua is a bit too pricey. thanks

    1. bakedbree

      I bet that amaretto would be delcious! Let me know how it turns out.

  26. Dori

    Wow, looks delicious! Boyfriend’s birthday is this weekend and he requested a “chocolate, kahlua, irish cream, ice cream” cake, so I’m thrilled to have found this! I’m planning on baking this in two 8″ rounds, adding a layer of vanilla ice cream in the center and topping with a irish cream infused whipped topping. Talk about a recipe mashup…! Any idea if measurements needs to be different baking in round pans vs. a bundt cake pan?

  27. Linleigh

    I searched for “Mexican Recipes” for Cinco de Mayo and found your website. I’m so glad I did. The Chocolate Kahlua Cake is probably the BEST chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. And everyone who shared in its disappearance agrees. Thank you, Bree! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    1. bakedbree

      welcome! Isn’t that cake crazy good?

  28. Mabel

    I made this twice this week. My family loves it!!!

    1. bakedbree

      I guess you really do! Glad that you like it so much.

  29. Brianna

    Just made this cake…..delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome. Easy too isn’t it?

  30. Miss Tori

    I made this recipe this week using two 8″ layer rounds. Oh my. It was wonderful. I did make it using espresso powder rather than Kahlua as my customer didn’t want alcohol in the cake. I plan on making it again for personal consumption using the Kahlua. Can’t wait!

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad to know that you can bake it in layers as well. Glad that you liked it.

  31. karen

    This was THE most delicious cake I’ve had in a while! I’m not a big chocolate cake fan, but I’ve been reborn since I had this cake! I made it yesterday for my parents for their 37th wedding anniversary. They LOVED it! I do agree with the one comment below though, the icing is verry runny. I ended up making it to the T, as the recipe suggested, and poured it over the cake, but it mostly gathered up at the bottom of the cake. I ended up re-making it, and added about another 1/2 c of powdered sugar to thicken it up… it was PERFECT! (I also served it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top after heating a slice in the microwave for 20 seconds). YUM! I can’t wait for my next excuse to make this cake! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. bakedbree

      Oh no! I’ll fix the recipe. Glad that it was a hit for you!

  32. Cheryl

    Wonderful & Delicious!!! Last time I made this reciepe I realized I didn’t have Kahlua 1/2 way into the reciepe (oops!) and had to substitute rasberry liquor ( Chambod) which was also a really great twist to it!

    1. bakedbree

      Chambord would be great in this. Yum.

  33. neha gattani

    Oh just loved the combination…chocolate and kahlua. I am surely baking this one for my girlfriends. i just wanted to ask you, what size bundt tin did you use.

    1. bakedbree

      Do you live in England? I love how you call it a tin. I *think* 6 cups.

      1. neha gattani

        Thanks Bree….Yes I was in London for quite some time…but now I am in Texas. I am waiting to try the cake. Love your blog. 🙂

        1. bakedbree

          thank you! A big jump, London to Texas….

  34. Michelle

    If I want to make this into cupcakes (without the glaze), would I have to alter the recipe in any way? How many cupcakes would this make? Thank you!

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t think that you would need to alter the recipe, but I cannot give you an exact number since I have never made them into cupcakes.

  35. Heldy

    Hi Bree, not sure there’s a chance you’ll see this today, but I’m baking this cake for my Dad’s birthday and was hoping I could replace the oil with butter, if so, how much butter? HELP!

    1. bakedbree

      I sent you an email this morning. 🙂

  36. Mimi

    Do you think this cake would bake up just as nice in a regular sheet cake pan? I’m thinking of using peppermint Kahlua with a peppermint Kahlua buttercream frosting……thoughts?

    1. bakedbree

      I really do not know. The worst that can happen is that you try it, and it doesn’t, right? The combo sounds good though!

  37. jody cooper

    thank you i will try this …! sounds yummy.!

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you do. It is delicious and easy.

  38. Rachael

    I thought this was my secret recipe no one had. But I will admit this is the BEST cake ever!!!

    1. bakedbree

      Nope, your secret is out.:)

  39. Nathalie

    I made this cake after finding your recipe and everybody absolutely loved it! It’s so easy to make and delicious! I love it, thank you for sharing this recipe!
    Now I will try to make a Vanilla Kahlua Cake =] hope it turns out good!

    1. bakedbree

      A vanilla version sounds great.

  40. Silver

    Bree- If the picture shown is the ingredients you used.. My cake mix box is the same as yours, and in the lower left hand corner it says ” as always -pudding in the mix”
    I am going to use the cake mix I have that looks exactly like yours and hope for the best.
    I have also realized that the recp didn’t say “instant” pudding… so I am going to get instant, my pantry staple is regular.
    Keeping my fingers crossed…
    ~S~

    1. bakedbree

      I made this cake yesterday! It is a very moist cake. In fact, it almost appears wet when you cut it. You are using the right ingredients.

  41. Karen

    Wondering if I could use your recipe for cupcakes. I don’t own a Bundt pan. It looks very yummy, though.

    1. bakedbree

      I think that you can, but I have never made this cake this way. Let me know how it goes.

  42. Heather

    Hi,
    My mother’s 50th birthday party is coming up. I am serving 60 people, and plan on making half a sheet cake plus another 9×13. How much batter should I make, should I triple it?

    1. bakedbree

      I am not really sure, I would say at least triple it.

  43. Sarah Hunter

    Hello! I made the cake a couple of hours ago and can’t wait to eat it tonight! I did have one problem. The glaze was absorbed by the cake! I followed the exact recipe for the glaze but it just disappeared into the cake! I guess it wasn’t thick enough? Any thoughts?

    1. bakedbree

      Either it was to thin, or the cake might have been warm still.

  44. Sandy

    LOL! Recovering from surgery, and after 5 days of feeling less than spectacular, I was hungering for chocolate cake. Couldn’t decide between this and the sour cream homemade recipe. Well…since I am a little dysle*ic anyway….I combined the two. Didn’t have chocolate pudding, so used butterscoch. Added a handful (literally) of brown sugar. No kahula, but Bailey’s w/coffee was close, right? And had to use half sour cream and half yogurt. Now you know why my mother goes crazy watching me bake!!! HA! BUT, I always keep in mind the basic continuity of the recipe, and LOVE my results. 🙂 The cake is now cooling; time to whip up the drizzle. Hmmm……I wonder…….. 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Hope that it turned out.

  45. Deanna Grande

    Making this today for a Christmas Party at our Squadron Commanders house. Yummy! Ashley wants me to make one for home too! 🙂

    1. Deanna Grande

      Everybody that tried it loved it…and they asked for the recipe. 🙂

      1. bakedbree

        This is that kind of cake! I immediately asked for the recipe too when I had it!

    2. bakedbree

      Yum! I haven’t made this cake in a long time, it might be time!

  46. Sara

    I changed the glaze & it’s even yummier!

    3/4 cup whipping cream
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 oz choc chips
    2 tbsp room temp butter
    1/2 tsp salt
    4 tbsp Kahula

    Combine cream & sugar in a small pan & bring to a boil over med heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.
    Reduce heat & simmer 4 min.
    Remove from heat & add choc, butter & salt. Stir until choc melts.
    Stir in Kahlua.
    Drizzle over cake.
    Enjoy!

  47. Damaris

    Just made it for a friends Birthday for tomorrow. It looks good but can’t try it not a chocolate lover. He wanted a kahlua cake.

    1. bakedbree

      Hope he liked it!

  48. Connie

    Ok i have a question…How much Kahlua would i add if i wanted to make a buttercream icing instead of the glaze. And also is this the only chocolate flavor that does not have pudding? Because most cake mixes have pudding added now..

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t know, I have never made a buttercream out of it before. And I am not sure about the cake mix. I use whatever I have, whether there is pudding in it or not.

  49. E

    This looks amazing! How would you recommend adapting this bundt cake to using a normal cake pan?

    1. bakedbree

      I would bake it in two layer cake pans.

      1. Karen B

        Was just going to ask similar question to above… I have made this delicious cake many many times.. (Although I substitute the Khalua with Disorono Amaretto (AMAZING)…. but I’m just getting ready to make this now, and I can’t find my bundt pan anywhere!!! Was wondering if I should try to make it into cupcakes? Or some kind of other cake pan? Would you do anything differently as cupcakes? (Might be more convenient that way, as ALL of my coworkers have been requesting I make this… also had to print out copies of it and distribute.

      2. karen

        Nevermind!!! I made the recipe per directions, except baked 12 giant cupcakes and 24 mini giant cupcakes…. baked at 350 for 25 min. Came out PERFECT!!! Huge, but perfect!!

        1. bakedbree

          Great! Thanks for sharing.

  50. Christine

    Can you omit the chocolate chips?

    1. bakedbree

      Yes.

  51. Karen

    Should the pudding be instant or the kind that you cook?

    1. bakedbree

      I use the kind that you cook.

  52. Michael Simmonds Jr

    What will happen if you use a Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix that has pudding in the mix? I can’t find any without pudding in the mix…

    1. bakedbree

      It will be fine. Use what you have.

  53. Jeff Harvey

    How can you modify the Kahlua glaze for an alcoholic? It isn’t cooked, so it still contains alcohol.

    1. bakedbree

      I would just make a chocolate glaze. And maybe add a little coffee.

      1. Maria Mollis

        There is a kahlua extract that contains no alcohol. All entracts contain no alcohol. If you can’t find Kahlua, you can buy it as “coffee” extract.

  54. Petrina

    This is just perfect! Is the best chocolate cake ever

    1. bakedbree

      I’m glad that you liked it!

  55. Brianne

    Hi just wondering what size Bundt pan you used? (6 cup 9 cup, ect.) Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      I believe it is 9 cup.

      1. Lasunta

        12 cup 🙂

  56. meghan

    this cake sounds amazing, but i have a little question. I have celiacs disease, and i often just substitute gf flour in regular recipes. do you have any advice or ideas for making this cake with a gluten free cake mix? should it even matter?

    1. bakedbree

      I have never tried, but my guess is that a gf cake mix should work just fine.

  57. Susan

    Can’t wait to try!! Sounds great. But does it matter if the cake mix size has gotten smaller? I have heard that you have to add 6tbsp. Flour to make up the difference in size. What do you think. Really want to know before I make the cake. I think this is the best recipe I’ve seen in awhile!

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t think that it really matters. I’ve not added anything to the mix and it’s been fine.

  58. Pat Thuman

    Will it matter if the sour cream is light sour cream?

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t think that it will make a difference. I use full fat because I think that it tastes a lot better and the fat content helps with moisture.

  59. Lucila Flores

    Is it safe serve this cake to my grandkids aged 14, 10 and 7 but without the kahlua frosting?

    1. bakedbree

      The kahlua will cook out of the cake when baked, but not in the frosting. It should be fine.

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