Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake – A Black Russian Cake

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Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze. It starts with two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and then is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.

I love the texture of this boozy chocolate Bundt cake.  It’s so moist and light on your tongue.  And then comes the boozy, sweet glaze that is drizzled over top for a punch of flavor.

This divine double chocolate Bundt cake is called a Black Russian Cake in my old Eastern Airlines Cook Book.

Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake Recipe

The recipe spoke to me when I saw that it called for coffee, Kahlua, and creme de cacao, three of my favorite drinks. Plus, I keep all three of these on hand in my pantry.  Kahlua and Godiva make for some tasty adult beverages.

Black Russian drinks contain coffee liquor such as Kahlua which is presumably how this cake got it’s name.

Coffee actually brings out the flavor of chocolate and intensifies it, and this cake has strong brewed coffee in the cake batter and in the boozy glaze.

Ingredients for Black Russian cake with creme de cacao:

Chocolate Cake Mix (preferably a dark chocolate variety)

Vegetable Oil

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Eggs

Coffee, brewed strong

Kahlua

Creme de cacao

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla

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How to Make Black Russian Cake

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for Black Russian Cake, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Beat chocolate cake mix, vegetable oil, instant chocolate pudding mix, eggs, coffee, Kahlua and creme de cacao at medium speed for 4 minutes.
  2. Pour into a Budnt pan that has been greased and lightly floured.
  3. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes; invert and remove from pan.
  5. Using a toothpick or cake tester, make holes all over the warm cake.
  6. Combine powdered sugar, coffee, vanilla, Kahlua and creme de cacao for glaze; brush all over the warm cake on all sides until absorbed.
  7. If desired, sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar before serving.

Notes About Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake:

  • Use a dark chocolate cake mix if possible for a deeper chocolate flavor.
  • If you can’t find creme de cacao, use Godiva Liquor.
  • Let your eggs come to room temperature, if possible before preparing this Black Russian Cake.
  • Sift your powdered sugar for a lump-free Kahlua glaze.
  • For better flavor, brew your coffee strong.
  • Be sure to use instant chocolate pudding mix.
  • For a fun twist, use Salted Caramel Kahlua.
  • The boozy glaze will absorb better if the cake is slightly warm.  If you miss this point, try warming up the glaze before brushing over the cake.
  • Place a plate under the cake on the cooling rack to catch the glaze that falls off.  Pour back over the cake!
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What is a Black Russian?

A Black Russian refers to an alcoholic beverage made with vodka and coffee liquor such as Kahlua.  It is similar to a White Russian which uses the addition of cream to the beverage for a creamy white appearance.

Try our favorite alcoholic beverage the Dirty White Russian.

A Dirty White Russian Cocktail takes the basic White Russian recipe of vodka, Kahlua and heavy whipping cream up a notch with come extra caffeine in the form of cold brew coffee. 

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Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake - A Black Russian Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Creme de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black russian cake, black russian cake with creme de cacao, boozy chocolate cake, chocolate kahlua bundt cake
Servings: 16
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Black Russian Cake

  • 15.25 ounces dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3.5 ounces instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua and creme de cacao, combined

Boozy Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua
  • 2 Tablespoons creme de cacao
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare Bundt pan by greasing and lightly flouring.
  • Beat cake mix, oil, chocolate pudding mix, eggs, 3/4 cup coffee and 3/4 cup combined Kahlua and creme de cacao for 4 minutes on medium speed.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
  • Pour into prepared Bundt pan.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
  • Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 5 - 10 minutes before inverting and removing from pan.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
  • Poke holes all over warm cake with toothpick or cake tester.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
  • Combine powdered sugar, 2 T. coffee, 2 T. Kahlua, 2 T. creme de cacao and vanilla.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.
  • Brush all over cake. Place a plate underneath the cooling rack to catch excess. Pour back over cake until all combined.
    Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake is a light and airy double chocolate cake doused in a sweet, boozy glaze.  It starts with a two shortcut ingredients, cake mix and pudding mix and is jazzed up with two types of booze, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao. Traditionally, this boozy chocolate cake is called a Black Russian Cake.

Notes

  • Use a dark chocolate cake mix if possible for a deeper chocolate flavor.
  • If you can't find creme de cacao, use Godiva Liquor.
  • Let your eggs come to room temperature, if possible before preparing this Black Russian Cake.
  • Sift your powdered sugar for a lump-free Kahlua glaze.
  • For better flavor, brew your coffee strong.
  • Be sure to use instant chocolate pudding mix.
  • For a fun twist, use Salted Caramel Kahlua.
  • The boozy glaze will absorb better if the cake is slightly warm.  If you miss this point, try warming up the glaze before brushing over the cake.
  • Place a plate under the cake on the cooling rack to catch the glaze that falls off.  Pour back over the cake!
  • Love Kahlua? Try our Dirty White Russian cocktail. 

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