Last updated on January 4th, 2023.

This is a soft, tender and moist Chocolate Gin Cake. Packed with chocolate and coffee flavors that are enhanced by the gin.

Chocolate gin cake baked from scratch.

Once upon a time, there was a princess. She did not have a prince nor was she looking for one. Her life was full of friends, laughter, and lots of social events. She also loved expensive boots, live concerts, and had a strong passion for whiskey sour.

Then the princess met her prince. Things went very fast and before she knew it she was living the American dream with two kids, a mortgage and an average of 5 hours of sleep a night. In addition, the expensive boots were replaced with snickers, social events are mostly held at the local “My Gym” and whiskey sour is no where to be in sight but an average of 7 Muy Grande coffee cups. But she couldn’t be happier.

Chocolate gin cake baked from scratch.
Delicious chocolate cake baked from scratch with Gin.

Sounds familiar? I call it “Cinderella in reverse” syndrome. (LOL)

And I thought about it recently when I realized that I have a very impressive alcohol stash I am very protective of. It contains Brandi, Vermouth, Amaretto, Limoncello, Frangelico, Grand Marnier and now Gin! For one reason and one reason only, BAKING! What can I say, getting old is intoxicating!

Delicious chocolate cake baked from scratch with Gin.
Delicious chocolate cake baked from scratch with Gin.

Brockmans Gin asked me to develop a recipe using their amazing gin. The cake came out SO DELICIOUS, moist and tender I had to share! However, this is not a sponsored post. You can not taste the gin when eating the cake, but you can taste how it brings all the flavors together in a truly unique way.

Oh, and if you wondered, my prince knows that snicking a taste from my stash might result in a fine at the expense of his very expensive whiskey. (Same one that is for my special occasion whiskey sour.)

Now Let’s Talk About This Chocolate Gin Cake Recipe:

  • If you do not wish to use alcohol, replace the Gin with extra coffee or extra sour cream.
  • The coffee helps bring out the chocolate flavors. How strong the coffee should be is completely up to you.
  • It is important to use very hot coffee firstly to melt the chocolate and secondly to allow the cocoa powder to bloom. (It will not bloom in cold environment ). Please remember that regular cocoa powder in contrast to Dutch-processed cocoa powder will not melt in hot liquid. However, I have yet to notice any difference in flavor.
  • You can bake this cake in two 8″ loaf pans, four 6″ round pans, three 3″ round pans or 1 regular size bundt pan.
  • If you are a Gin fan and love the flavor, add 1 TBS of Gin to a simple syrup recipe (1 cup water + 1 cup sugar cook until sugar has dissolved), and brush the cake with it.


Delicious chocolate cake baked from scratch with Gin.
Bake it as a layer cake!
Delicious chocolate cake baked from scratch with Gin.

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Chocolate Gin Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chcolate cake, chocolate gin cake, gin cake
Servings 2 8″ loaf cakes


  • 2 Cups AP Flour (240 g / 8.5 oz)
  • 1/2 Cup Cake Flour (60 g / 2 oz)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened chocolate ( 85 g / 3 oz)
  • 1/2 Cup +1 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa powder (56 g / 2 oz)
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Coffee (180 ml)
  • 1/4 Cup Gin (60 ml)
  • 1/2 Cup Full fat sour cream (120 g / 120 ml)
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter softened (226 g / 8 oz)
  • 2 1/2 Cup Sugar (550 g / 17 oz)
  • 4 Large Eggs, room temperature

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 Cup Dark chocolate (72% or up) (170 g / 6 oz)
  • 1 TBS Vegetable Shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8" loaf pans or line with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift the AP flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to evenly distribute and set aside.

  3. Chop the unsweetened chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium bowl, add the cocoa powder.

  4. Pour the hot coffee over the chocolate and cocoa powder and allow 1-2 minutes for the hot coffee to melt the chocolate.

  5. Gently stir the chocolate coffee mix using a fork until a smooth mixture is formed.

  6. Add gin and sour cream to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.

  7. In a bowl of a standing mixer, place the sugar and butter and mix medium-high speed for about 4-5 minutes. Until light and fluffy.

  8. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time waiting for each egg to fully incorporate before adding the next.

  9. Add the flour in three additions alternating with the chocolate sour cream mix.

  10. Right after adding the last portion of the flour, turn the mixer off and use a rubber spatula to incorporate any flour or egg residue. 

  11. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for about 50-55 minutes, or just until a tooth pick comes out clean from the center of the cake.

  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from pans.

  13. Once the cakes have cooled, remove from pans and set on a serving dish or a cooling rack that is placed on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

  14. Melt the chocolate and vegetable shortening and glaze the cakes.

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15 Comments on " Chocolate Gin Cake "

  1. Dikla

    Loved the recipe. Will surely try.
    Can I use the cake flour as replacing 1 tablespoon from the half cup of APF with corn flour. I don’t get cake flour in my city Mumbai.

    1. Dikla

      Hi Madhuri!

      Don’t worry about replacing the cake flour with cornflour. Just use regular flour.
      Hope you’ll enjoy!

  2. Dikla

    May I know, Hot coffee is made with instant coffee or French press style?

    1. Dikla

      Whichever you like. If you like to drink it you can use it. I used 3 tsp of instant coffee.

  3. Dikla

    Lookin’ good, Dee!

    1. Dikla

      Thank you!

    2. Dikla

      No 11 of method, tooth pick I presume (damn autocorrect!!) ?

      1. Dikla

        LOL! What on earth is a took pick!!!

    3. Dikla

      Hi . May i reduce the sugar to 250 0r 300 gr ?& thanks for this beautiful recipe ???

      1. Dikla

        Yes, you can. The cake will not rise as high and please know that the sugar adds moisture but I think it should be ok.

  4. Dikla


  5. Dikla

    Can you replace the flour with Gluten free flour as I am intolerant to gluten and wheat. What is AP Flour, is it just Plain Flour??

    1. Dikla

      AP flour is All-purpose flour which is the most common flour. I have not baked this cake GF but I know that both Bob’s Red mill and king Arthur flour brands have 1×1 GF flour meaning you can substitute 1 cup of regular flour with 1 cup of GF flour.

  6. Dikla

    hi. please tell me instead gin with what!? i dont have any alcohol drink

    1. Dikla

      you can use either extra coffee or sour cream

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