Kahlua Chocolate Almond Cake

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Is it Kahlua or Kailua? Either way, it’s delicious!

I don’t eat dessert often, and when I do, I want it to be spectacular, or at least worth the effort and the calories.

This recipe for Kahlua Chocolate Almond Cake combines all my favorites; the flavor of coffee, chocolate, whipped cream, and toasted almonds.

All in one place, at the same time.


I don’t eat dessert often, and when I do, I want it to be spectacular


This cake is so easy to make too.  Just mix up the ingredients, bake it, cool it and top it with whipped cream, some chopped almonds, and chocolate shavings.

Simple and did I mention spectacular?

If you don’t have Kahlua, you can use some chocolate extract and espresso coffee granules to emulate the flavor.  As for the ground almonds, either buy pre-made or use your food processor to pulverize some raw almonds, with their skins removed.

How to Remove Almond Skins – the fun way!

My grandparents had a house in Calimesa, CA that had almond trees.  Every summer my sister, brother and I would go up for a couple of weeks.

Give the parents a break, you know.

My grandfather was a jeweler/watchmaker, so they would come to pick us up after service on Sunday, drive to Calimesa, and then my grandfather would leave the next morning and return to his store on the Miracle Mile in the Los Angeles area; not to return until the next Friday night.

Monday morning Grandma would set us kids to work, picking almonds.  It was quite the adventure for us, no one else we knew was picking almonds after all. Then we would all sit with Grandma in the shade of the almond trees and crack them open, always hoping to find a double almond, two whole almonds in one shell.

“Double nuts” we would yell when we found one.

Once the almonds were shelled, Grandma would take them into the house and put them into boiling water for 1 minute, and 1 minute only.  Longer than that and the almonds would get soft.

Then she would drain them into the colander (always placed in a pot so she could save the water to water the plants, this whole recycle reuse thing is NOT new); and rinse them with cold water to cool them quickly.  Once cooled, we would pop them out of their skins.

You can use a gentle push to get them out, or do as we did, shoot them across the room or at each other!

Fun, but not very practical.

Grandma would then roast them in the oven until they were nice and toasty, sprinkle some salt on them put them out for us to snack on…whenever we wanted one.

Or a handful.

You do not need to roast them for this recipe. But if you are making your own slivered or sliced almonds, yes then, please do.


Kahlua Chocolate Almond Cake


  • 1 1/2 ounces dark (70% or better) chocolate, chopped
  • 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon mild olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua, or other coffee flavored liqueur
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso
  • Whipping cream
  • Additional dark chocolate for shaving over the top (optional)
  • Sliced toasted almonds (optional)


Step 1

In a small saucepan, set over low heat, melt together the chocolate and the olive oil. Allow to cool.

Step 2

Heat the oven to 325°F Prepare an 8-inch round cake pan by lightly oiling it and lining the bottom with parchment paper. (I like to dust the bottom of the pan with some cocoa powder, for extra chocolaty flavor)

Step 3

Beat together the eggs and the sugar; add the vanilla and Kahlua.

Step 4

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground almonds and espresso powder. Add to the wet ingredients; mix well.

Step 5

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes; a toothpick, when inserted into the center should have just a bit of crumb attached to it.

Step 6

Set the pan on a rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes; then remove the cake and allow it to cool completely.

Step 7

Whip the cream with a tablespoon of sugar and a bit of the Kahlua or chocolate extract. Frost the top of the cake; then grate some of the dark chocolate over and sprinkle with toasted almonds, if desired.

kahlua chocolate almond cake

Kahlua Chocolate Almond Cake


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by plasterers bristol on September 12, 2016

    Don’t think i’ve ever tried this cake. Sounds so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe. will be giving this a go.


    • posted by LindySez on September 12, 2016

      Simon, I hope you do. Let me know how it turns out for you! Cheers ~ Lindy


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