High Altitude Chocolate Bundt Cake

The perfect High Altitude Chocolate Bundt Cake. It’s simple, perfectly chocolate-y, and is my go to whenever I need something that I know is going to turn out and be a crowd pleaser.

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A good chocolate cake is like the little black dresses of desserts. Every gal needs one. It’s reliable, can be dressed up or down, and it always makes you feel good. In the case of cakes, it must taste good. And this bundt cake is just that.

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What it is about bundt cakes? They’re so my jam. I just love how simple they are. I also love that they don’t require a ton (read: any) decorating. Because decorating cakes isn’t my jam. Whenever the occasion calls for cake or when I’m asked to bring dessert, it’s almost always in the form of a bundt. I have several bundt cake recipes on the blog already but no recipe for a basic chocolate cake. What’s up with that?

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I love, love, LOVE this cake. It’s simple. Perfectly simple. While it could totally handle some add-ins like mini chocolate chips, or chopped up peanut butter cups, or even some crushed up Oreos, I like it just the way it is. I’ve made it minus the icing- and served it just with a sprinkle of powdered sugar- but I like it best with the icing. The cake + the icing = the perfect combo.

In my humble opinion, of course.

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The cake relies on mostly pantry ingredients. The coffee is a must- it adds depth- and the yogurt adds a nice bite of tang. You could easily use sour cream too. Just don’t skimp. Always use full fat when baking. In fact, use full fat dairy all the time- baking or not. It’s sooooooo much better tasting. And better for you.

Again, just my humble opinion.

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I love this cake best the day after it’s made. For whatever reason, it just tastes more rich after it can sit over night. The icing is to die for. You pour the warm icing over a still warm cake and it just sort of melts into the cake and then hardens and, OMG, its the bomb. Chocolate Cake perfection.

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I like to serve the cake either as is or with a dollop of whipped cream. Fresh berries (or any other seasonal fruit) are an awesome garnish as they cut the richness of the cake and add a welcomed fresh bite. It makes for an awesome breakfast too. 🙂

Can you tell I love this cake? Just make it already.

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Hope you’re all having an awesome week. As always, thanks for reading and have a delicious day. xo, Kelley


High Altitude Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • Author: Kelley
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 slices 1x


A tried and true high altitude recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake.


for the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups strong coffee, just barely warm
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flavorless oil such as grape seed, avocado, or vegetable
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup full fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

for the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Prepare the bundt pan by either spraying with a non-stick baking spray (one that has flour preferably) or use  a tablespoon of softened butter to coat the inside of the pan taking care to get in all the nooks and crannies. Then add either a pinch of cocoa powder or flour to the bundt pan- shaking it back and forth- to coat the entirety of the pan; set aside.
  3. Put the coffee and cocoa powder in a small bowl and stir until cocoa is dissolved.
  4. In an electric mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment, mix together the sugar, oil, salt, baking soda, and eggs on low speed about 30 seconds.  Add the buttermilk, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds. Add the flour and stir just until combined. Add the cocoa/coffee mixture mix on high speed until well incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 60 minutes or until cake is done.  You can test it by inserted a clean toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. Remove from oven.
  6. Let cake cool for 10-15 minutes in pan before removing it to cool on a cooling rack.
  7. While cake cools, prepare frosting as you want to pour it over a slightly warm cake.
  8. To make the frosting, melt butter, milk, and cocoa powder over medium heat. Stir frequently until chocolate is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until there are no more lumps. Pour frosting over barely warm bundt cake, taking care to cover the cake evenly. It’s cool if the frosting pools in the center of the bundt cake- easier to stick your finger in!
  9. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

photos by Kellie Hatcher/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks