Circle's Coffee Chocolate Cake

Circle's Coffee Chocolate Cake

Clint Black's Cowboy Coffee adds a rich coffee flavor to the sweet chocolate layers and smooth cream cheese frosting. This irresistible cake is chocoholic approved and can be best enjoyed while watching Talking In Circles with Clint Black on Circle TV.
4.88 from 8 votes
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • Baking spray with flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup hot brewed coffee Clint Black's Cowboy Coffee is recommended for best results
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa blend
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese softened
  • 1 (8 oz) cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (32 oz) pkg powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray.
  • Combine chocolate chips and hot coffee in a medium bowl; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted, about 1 minute. Whisk in oil, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in wet ingredients. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans (about 2 cups per pan).
  • Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes. Invert cake layers onto wire racks, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually add to cream cheese mixture, beating on low speed just until blended after each addition. Increase speed to medium, and beat until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Spread frosting between layers and on top of cake. Spread a thin layer of frosting on sides of cake, smoothing with a spatula. Chill cake 30 minutes.
  • Spread an additional layer of frosting on top and sides of cake.


Keyword Chocolate, circle kitchen, coffee choclate cake, desserts, Recipe, ultimate chocolate cake
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