Celebrating 2nd Birthday with Cocoa Coffee Mini Bundt Cake

cocoa coffee bundt cake 61

Wish you all an extremely delightful 2013! I hope you get to smile more, love more and achieve more. Make the best of each day and live a little more!


As I step in to a brand New Year, Sunshine and Smile steps in to its third year, celebrating its 2nd Birthday today with 220 posts including 197 recipes. That’s a lot of cooking in two years, my friend! Seriously, who knew surrendering life to a gastronomic journey could turn out to be so much fun and so exciting?


Cocoa Coffee Bundt Cake 6


It’s probably one of best two years of my life which, honestly speaking, I wouldn’t trade for anything else.


2012 came with so many surprises that at times, it was overwhelming and I couldn’t stop smiling from cheek to cheek. It was the year when I did my very first product photo-shoot followed by another food photography for a client. I started Project 365 with the hope to improve my camera work and it helped lot. The year also got several of my recipes featured in different food sites and my blog got featured in SAVEUR. I was invited in couple of food events, which always made me tap my feet! It was also the year when we travelled to Paris and Rome, spent ten days absorbing it’s beauty and indulged in one of our favorite cuisines.


All in all, it was quite a busy and blissful 2012!


Cocoa Coffee Bundt Cake 1


None of these would have been possible without your constant encouragements, your appreciations and acceptance. A BIG THANK YOU for dropping by, for your comments, your emails and for enjoying what I share.


A birthday celebration is incomplete without a cake and what I have here is healthy plus gluten free. Not that I changed my diet, it’s just that I used almond flour instead of all-purpose flour which made it gluten free and I added olive oil instead of butter and there by healthy. The combination of coffee with cocoa always works for us; it’s never overly sweet plus the flavor of coffee feels always extra nice on a cold winter night.


Cocoa Coffee Bundt Cake 2


Arvind usually runs away from cocoa but this time, he couldn’t resist from picking one after another and finally announced that it’s the best cake I ever baked. In addition to that, my friend’s 2-year-old son who doesn’t have a sweet tooth kept saying ‘yummy’ after every bite in the cutest voice I have ever heard! I am sure you will understand how precious such moments feel; it’s always worth all the effort.


I am sure this cake would be requested several times in future and I hope it turns out equally good every single time!


cocoa coffee bundt cake 4

Cocoa Coffee Mini Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 eggs, kept at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Grease baking pan with oil and dust with some flour.
  3. In a mixing bowl, crack 3 eggs, add sugar to it and whisk until it’s creamy.
  4. Pour oil to the bowl and continue whisking until it’s all mixed together.
  5. In another bowl, sift the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, coffee powder and cocoa powder and give it a light whisk.
  6. Now, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and whisk until it becomes a creamy batter.
  7. At the end, pour the vanilla extract and give another whisk.
  8. Pour the batter to the mini bundt pan and let it bake for about 25 minutes. Poke with a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean, it’s done!
  9. Let it cool for 5 minutes before you take the cake out of the pan.


The baking time might differ depending on what size cake you are baking with the batter.

Cocoa Coffee Bundt Cake 3


Cocoa Coffee Bundt Cake 4

Did you enjoy this Celebrating 2nd Birthday with Cocoa Coffee Mini Bundt Cake? Share your creation by tagging @playfulcooking on Instagram with the #playfulcooking and I will re-share in my story!

You Might Also Like

Comments are closed.

  • Dixya
    January 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Congratulations for the blog and everything great you have achieved. I can’t stop drooling at your pics. Yum yum yum. Happy new year and pics are as always awesome..

  • Vijitha Shyam
    Vijitha Shyam
    January 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Congrats sweetie. Wishes and prayers for more and more years of happy cooking and blogging. I love you and you know that. May you smile and laugh more this year.
    Delicious gluten free delight and it is such an easy breezy recipe. Lovely!

  • dassana
    January 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    congrats kankana and wishing you much more for the future. the cakes are looking gorgeous and coffee and chocolate is a hard to resist combo.

  • Grishma
    January 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Congratulations on starting 3rd year of Sunshine and Smile! Loved following all of your posts for their beautiful writing n gorgeous photography. Looking forward to another 197 recipes this year :))Good luck babe! You rock 🙂

  • dishesfrommykitchen
    January 2, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Congrats Kankana !!! All the best for upcoming years. Pictures are stunning as usual. I have similar plate and the painted same color WB recently 🙂


  • Deepa
    January 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Congrats on your blog-anniversary…With each post you are setting your standards high. Love your posts, write-ups and breath taking photos. Last click with recipe menu card style looks awesome

  • Rosa
    January 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Gorgeous bundt cakes and photography! Happy bloganniversary and to many more. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll share with us in 2013.

    Best wishes for the New Year!



  • Radhika JustHomemade
    Radhika JustHomemade
    January 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Hearty Congratulations! Kana.. Wish you many such glorious anniversaries..
    Absent minded me, completely forgot my blog’s birthday in 2012!
    Wish you a blissful year ahead..
    Those buntlets are seriously cute.

  • Rose/Magpies Recipes
    Rose/Magpies Recipes
    January 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Happy blog birthday and a very happy new year to you K!

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    January 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Your pictures always make me smile!! Love your blog!! Congratulations on a great milestone and wishing you the very best! Happy New Year 🙂

  • Apu
    January 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    They look delicious and congrats on the 2 year anniversary.

  • Archana
    January 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Congrats Kankana. Good wishes for more and more..Beautiful blog and pictures. Lovely recipe too.

  • Mallika
    January 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Congrats Kankana! Your blog is splendid. 2 years of successful marathon blogging with delicious recipes and gorgeous photographs. Love your blog and will be hooked for loads more to come here.

    Those Cocoa coffee bundts look cute. I would love to steal that vintage spoon away from you… Beautiful!

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    January 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Congratulations and Happy bloganniversary. Gorgeous photography!
    Best wishes for the 2013!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Happy blog birthday! These bundts are the perfect way to celebrate – I love the mini size! 🙂

  • Zee
    January 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful blog and these mini bundts look amazing!

  • Sarvani
    January 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Happy blog birthday kankana! I discovered your blog this year.. And you have a delightful blog out here! Wishing you greater success with the blog for the coming year! As for these mini-cakes.. I can so do with one right now!! Coffee and choc is my fav combination.. And I love miniature versiopns of everything.. So these are really speaking to me!!

  • Spandana
    January 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Congratulations for all the achievements you had. A very happy Blog birthday!
    Cakes look so very cute!

  • indugetscooking
    January 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    You definitely had a great year. Congratulations! And wish you a wonderful year ahead… 🙂

  • Gabriela
    January 3, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Happy birthday and happy new year! The photos are breath taking!

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdv
    January 3, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Happy bloganniversary :). you definitely had a wonderful year hope 2013 will bring as many happy events as 2012:)

  • Colette @ JFF!
    Colette @ JFF!
    January 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Aren’t these cute!
    Happy blogday!

  • maddie
    January 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    amazing photos! wish you more bloganniversaries to celebrate 🙂

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    January 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Happy Birthday My DEAREST “SUNSHINE & SMILE”
    This is just gorgeous!!!

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    January 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    I remember our blog is same age (mine is just a day older). I am really looking forward to following your growing blog and amazing photography this year too!

    • Nami | JOC
      Nami | JOC
      January 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Oops I click enter way too quickly…sorry! Happy 2 years Kankana!

  • Megan
    January 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Well Done on your two years!
    Your Photography is amazing and now I have a mission to go find mini bundt cake tins!!

  • Loren
    January 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Been following your blog for a month now and I love it! my mother’s birthday is Saturday.But she has a super sweet tooth! how did the texture come out with this cake? I’m thinking I’ll use half regular flour and half almond meal.Is this cake good for super sweet toothers!? lo

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
    [email protected]
    January 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    A very HAPPY blog birthday to you hon 🙂 Its a pleasure to see your work and posts. Keep them coming.
    These bundts look so cute & neat. I wish I owned a mini bundt pan..wanna whip them right away!

  • Sonali
    January 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Congrats on your blog anniversary.Love to see it grow bigger in years to come.Love your photography as always.

  • Arch
    January 5, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Happy birthday to your blog…220 posts in 2 years, you rock girl ! And so do your clicks…Hope 2013 is even more awesome for you and your blog !

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)
    January 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    What an exciting year for you, Kankana. Congratulations on all the accomplishments in such a short time, wow! Cheers to many more!

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    January 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Kankana, Wishing you a very happy blog birthday. You are such an inspiration. Wishing you many more beautiful and fruitful years of blogging. Hugs.

  • Loren
    January 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    so this recipe inspired me to do something similar but I totally fudged it up! my cake sank in the middle and stuck to the pan even though I sprayed it and dusted it with flour! I need some advice on how to make a regular flour and butter fatty version of this recipe! Lol please help!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      January 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Sorry for the late response Loren! I am not an expert baker and I have a steady measurement for cake as taught by my mom. It’s always 3 eggs, 1 cup flour and 1 cup oil. Mom never liked using butter in cake but at times I replace it with 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup butter. I am really not sure why your cake sank 🙁 So sorry!

      • Loren
        January 11, 2013 at 4:00 AM

        maybe it was the use of butter instead of oil… I’m definitely not a baker either! Lol thank you though I appreciate it! 🙂

  • Amanda@ChewTown
    [email protected]
    January 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Congratulations on your second birthday! Mine is coming up in a couple of months, and like you, I feel like its the best thing I’ve ever done 🙂 You should be extremely pround of what you have created here… it’s GORGEOUS!

  • nipponnin
    January 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Happy Blog Birthday! Love your blog!

  • Sandra
    January 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Wonderful & delicious site…love it!!! Happy Blog Birthday!

  • nags
    January 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    congratulations on the 2 years 🙂 have a wonderful year ahead kankana

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    January 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Healthy gluten free cake?! I’m all about that. Happy 2 years of blogging and here’s to many more!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    January 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Happy 2nd Blog Birthday! What delightful little cakes these are!

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
    [email protected]
    January 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    What a delicious way to celebrate your milestones, Kankana! These mini bundt cakes look fantastic. I like that they are gluten free too. Cheers to you for all the wonderful things you have shared. Keep them coming!

  • Amanda@ChewTown
    [email protected]
    January 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Congratulations!! My baby turns two in a couple of months. It’s always an amazing feeling looking back at all that has been accomplished.

Skip to Recipe