Mocha layer cake

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    This is the perfect cake for special occasions, especially birthdays. It's lightly flavoured with chocolate and coffee and everyone will love it.

    8 people made this

    Makes: 1 3 layer 23cm cake

    • 400g caster sugar
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 5 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons cold brewed coffee
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 310g plain flour
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 450g icing sugar, sifted
    • 4 tablespoons cold brewed coffee
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:3hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease and flour three 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Place the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat until light coloured and smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir the coffee and cocoa into the egg mixture until well blended. Measure the buttermilk and remove 1 tablespoon, placing it in a separate small bowl and set aside. Stir the remaining buttermilk into the egg mixture, beating until smooth.
    3. Stir the bicarbonate of soda into 1 tablespoon buttermilk until smooth and mix into the egg mixture. Stir in the flour, beating until smooth. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake tins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until a skewer or small knife inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in the tins for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. Meanwhile, beat 225g butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually sieve in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in the coffee, cocoa and vanilla until well blended.
    6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread top with about 1/5 of the icing. Place the second layer on top of the first and ice. Repeat with the third layer. Use remaining icing to spread over the top and sides.

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    My kids & I loved this cake. It was not dry & the frosting was the best. Couldn't really taste the coffee in the cake, & the chocolate flavor was mild but there was a "subtle" difference compared to most cakes. The kids asked for seconds.  -  24 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This cake is wonderful and I've never been a huge fan of coffee. The coffee flavor is very subtle and it's mostly the moist chocolate cake that you taste. It's my youngest daughter's new favorite cake and I know I'll be making this for her birthday for many years to come! Thanks for the great recipe!!  -  17 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Made this cake last week. This was the: 1. First layer cake I have ever made 2. First cake I have ever made from scratch 3. First icing I have ever made from scratch This cake could not have been easier to make. However, it didn't taste like I anticipated it. The cake did turn out very moist and very rich. I would make it again for company!  -  21 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)