Easy Mocha Chocolate Glaze Icing

(2 votes)
3 minutes
April 27, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Are you a frosting lover? When you wait for your piece of birthday cake, are you hoping for a corner piece with roses and edges? Personally, I always hope for a center piece.  I want a big square of cake with only enough icing to hold the layers together and lightly coat the top.  I love cake, but traditional buttercream frostings are just too sweet for my taste.

Easy Mocha Chocolate Glaze Icing

This weekend I made my One Bowl Devil’s Food Cake recipe, and I needed some sort of frosting. This is always a dilemma because I have yet to find a frosting that is easy to make and not too sweet.  UNTIL NOW.  This time I made the cake in a bundt pan and drizzled this super easy mocha glaze over the top.

It’s a wonder anyone else got a piece because I wanted to eat the whole cake myself! If you have leftover coffee, then you probably have everything you need to make this mocha glaze.  (In fact, you probably have all the ingredients for the chocolate cake too.)  This glaze icing recipe is as simple as whisking three ingredients together, and you will love the result!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake: This #chocolate #cake is so #easy to make and unbelievably moist!
One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Mocha Glaze

Adapted from Coffee Glaze at MyRecipes.com.

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Easy Mocha Chocolate Glaze Icing

Mocha Chocolate Glaze Icing Recipe

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Coffee, sugar, and cocoa come together to make a delicious chocolate glaze.

  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee cooled


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Immediately drizzle over cake, brownies, doughnuts, or any other baked good you want. Glaze will firm up within a few minutes.
  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Here’s more mocha goodness to love!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


6 months ago

Best one I’ve made so far I’m always trying new recipes always looking up something to bake. I just made my first Bundt cake from scratch and used this glaze for it and it tastes so heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

Mama Mish
7 years ago

I feel like I did something wrong — 3 ingredients, right? Powdered sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder. There was no nearly enough liquid, so what am I missing? As is, it won’t drizzle any where….

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Hi. If you used powdered sugar, it doesn’t take much liquid at all. You can add a little more a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you want.

8 years ago

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Simple and easy.
I used it for a coffee cake I prepared and it was so good.
All the best,

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Khadija!

Vickie wimberly
9 years ago

Excellent, just made it for brownies. Thank you for sharing.

10 years ago

Yum. This is easy. Can I drizzle it straight into my mouth? Pinning.

10 years ago

Ha! You should definitely at least leave a lot in the bowl for excessive spoon licking. Thank you, Joybee!

11 years ago

Deliciously awesome glazed icing…. thanks for sharing.

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The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Wow, thank you!! I’ll see you tonight :)

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
11 years ago

Oh yum! Love this simple glaze. Anything with coffee and cocoa gets a thumbs-up in my book. Delicious!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Anne! I love anything simple, but when coffee and chocolate are involved, I’m in love.

11 years ago

I usually use ganashe, but I do like to change every now and then, so i’m definitely going to try this frosting!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Winnie! I wouldn’t dare give you advice on baking. I need to be trying your recipes!

Kim of Mo'Betta
11 years ago

Yes please! I love this simple glaze, and since I have a terrible time with ganache setting up, I need to try this!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Hi, Kim. Thanks for stopping by! This one was is so easy. You gotta love a recipe that requires no cooking and only a whisk! ;)

11 years ago

I’m in :-) Though I’m always going to want the corner piece and unless the cake is from-scratch, I will discreetly cover it with a napkin and throw it away. (sorry, but I’m a cake snob like that :-( ) Looking like I’ll lap up your frosting and your cake though. They both look fantastic. And there is so much to love about a 3-ingredient icing icing that contains coffee and cocoa powder!

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