Dinner party desserts made with coffee – chocolate soufflé cake

cakeThis soufflé cake is really a baked chocolate mousse masquerading as a cake. It contains no flour, which gives it a lovely moist melting texture and an intense chocolaty hit. The addition of coffee makes the cake even darker and richer, and the recipe works best with espresso coffee.

Start by making the espresso, if possible from freshly ground coffee beans. (Don’t forget to make an extra cup for yourself, to keep you going while beating the eggs!)


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade, and prepare a 20cm round cake tin by greasing it and lining the bottom with a double layer of greaseproof paper. Using a springform tin will make life easier when it comes to removing the cake from the tin.

Separate the eggs into two different bowls and set the whites aside. Add 100g of the icing sugar to the egg yolks, and beat the mixture until it looks pale and fluffy. Break the chocolate into small pieces in a heat proof bowl, and add the butter. Melt the mixture gently in the microwave in short bursts until fully combined, and stir in the coffee. Let the chocolate mixture cool a little, then add it to the egg yolk mixture.

Now, add the remaining 25g of icing sugar to the egg whites, and whisk them until the mixture turns to a soft, floppy meringue (this is the point at which you’ll be glad you made that extra coffee!). Fold the meringue into the chocolate mixture, using a metal spoon so that you don’t break the volume up too much. Pour the mixture into the cake tin, flatten it out and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Once the cooking time is up, remove the cake and leave it in the tin until completely cooled. It may still look wobbly, but as it cools it will gradually reduce and become dense. Once cool, remove it from the tin, cut into slices and serve with vanilla ice cream and cups of espresso coffee.

For a wide range of top quality coffee beans, suitable for all uses, please visit our coffee beans page at the Wholesale Coffee Company website. We also stock a range of flavoured syrups in our coffee ingredients section, perfect for making coffee drinks or for using in recipes.