Mocha Buttercream Chocolate Espresso Cake & Frosting

Mocha Buttercream Chocolate Espresso Cake
Credit: NESTLE Very Best Baking

1 Bar Dark Choc. Baking Bar (3oz)
1 Cup Butter, Softened
2 Cups Flour
4 Large Eggs
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 ½ Cups Packed Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Instant Coffee

• Preheat oven to 350F.
• Grease one 9 inch baking pan (Later you will cut it in half to frost middle).
• Break chocolate bar into chunks, put in microwave safe bowl, heat for about 1 min (try stirring after 40 seconds to see how much more melting you need) When completely melted, put to the side. Let cool to room temperature.
• Combine butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and instant coffee in large mixer bowl, stir together. Slowly add melted chocolate and continue mixing.
• Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Have your cup of buttermilk ready. Alternately beat the flour mixture and buttermilk into the creamed mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
• Bake for 33-38 minutes or until you can put a toothpick in and pull out nothing. Cool in pan or on wire racks. Cool completely.

MenuDuet’s Notes: In the picture displayed;

-Used 3oz Dark Chocolate Baking Bars (instead of 4oz – in both the cake and frosting).

-In the original recipe the cake only had 1 tsp of ‘Van. Extract’, and 2 tbsp of ‘Instant Espresso’ (Agreed it was better as 2 tsp of ‘Van. Extract’, and 3 tbsp of ‘Instant Espresso’)

-I have never made the glaze.

-I have never used wax paper when doing this recipe.

My partners birthday was coming up and he told me he loved coffee cake, so with a little help from the internet I stumbled upon a recipe, I wanted to try, and holy cow, it was amazing!

We actually ended up doing this recipe twice, the first time, I used the measurements the Original Recipe called for, but after I tried it myself, we decided it didn’t taste enough like coffee (and that may have been due to the fact, I never made the Glaze- when reading the recipe I thought it was an either or, glaze or frosting, and I went for frosting. Only after the second make of the cake, did I realize I was suppose to put both on, but instead, I just altered the recipe to have more coffee flavor. Since it was so good the first time).

Out of the three people who tried both makes, the second was better, and for three people who only tried the second make, they raved about it. I will definitely be making this again!

Mocha Buttercream Frosting

1 Bar Dark Choc. Baking Bar (3oz)
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Milk
1/8 tsp Salt
1 Cup Butter, Softened
4 Cups Icing Sugar
2 tsp Instant Coffee
1 Bag Almond Slivers

• Break chocolate bar into chunks, put in microwave safe bowl, heat for about 1 min (try stirring after 40 seconds to see how much more melting you need) When completely melted, put to the side. Let cool to room temperature.
• Dissolve the instant coffee in milk, (a glass measuring cup works well). Beat butter, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl. Slowly add melted chocolate and continue mixing, scraping occasionally. Gradually beat in icing sugar until fluffy and light. Pour in coffee mixture, and continue stirring, until all ingredients mixed.
• Cut cake in half, spread frosting in the middle, put top of cake back on, spread frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
• Sprinkle almonds on top of frosting and on sides of cake. Serve, Enjoy.

MenuDuet’s Notes: In the picture displayed;

-It doesn’t have any ‘Coffee Glaze’ on it, it’s simply the cake, cut in half, and frosted in the middle, on the top, and around the edges.

-The original recipe doesn’t include almonds; they are optional in this recipe.

-Used 3oz Dark Chocolate Baking Bars (instead of 4oz – in both the cake and frosting).

-I melted extra chocolate and drizzled it on top of the cake, but it made no difference either way.

So give this yummy cake a try, and check out the original recipe for there ‘Glaze‘ that you can add to it. Let me know what you thought in the comments!

I took the picture displayed, with my camera.

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