Dessert

Coffee Lover’s Chocolate Mocha Cake

Chocolate Mocha Cake – Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint.Chocolate Mocha Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint ~ The Complete Savorist

Oh chocolate cake. Hello my old friend. It’s been awhile. And I’ve missed you.

My late grandmother made the best chocolate-chocolate cake in the entire world. This is not that cake.

I cannot make that cake. Although, I have never tried to make that cake. Maybe someday, but I fear the disappointment of not getting it to taste exactly like hers would result in more pounds flocking to my body in pursuit of trying to get it to taste like hers. Vicious cycle, although, perhaps, an utterly tasty cycle.

I recently asked you all to tell me what you wanted to see post-wise from me and the majority of you said more desserts, so ladies and gentlemen, here’s a dessert for you and thank you so much for wanting it.

Along with chocolate cake, I have a deep and profound love for coffee. Mocha, that delightful blend of coffee, milk, and chocolate is a about as heavenly as it gets. This cake is a deep, rich chocolate sponge with the smallest hint of coffee. However, the icing is not meek, there are no subtle notes of coffee flavor. I wanted bold, no-mistaking-it, coffee taste.

If you lean towards a more milder coffee flavor, cut the espresso powder to one tablespoon. But if you’re like me…keep it at two or go all crazy and add a bit more and let me know how that tasted. Now pardon me while I go enjoy another piece of this Coffee Lover’s Chocolate Mocha Cake.

Chocolate Mocha Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint ~ The Complete Savorist

Coffee Lover's Chocolate Mocha Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Chocolate Mocha Cake - Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint.
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Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup strong hot coffee (use buttermilk as a substitute)
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp . baking soda
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Mocha Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 1/2 sticks butter; softened at room temp
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup coffee; room temp is fine
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour pans (2-9" rounds or 1-9x13); set aside.
  3. Combine all the dry goods and sift, set aside
  4. Beat sugar and butter together in a mixer.
  5. Add one egg at at time to the mixer; stop and scrape down the sides
  6. Add the vanilla to the mixture.
  7. Slowly incorporate all the dry goods to the batter.
  8. Stop occasionally and scrape down the sides.
  9. Once all the dry goods have been add, the batter will be thick, slowly add the milk and then the coffee.
  10. Scrape the sides.
  11. Pour evenly into two rounds (or all into one pan)
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (Bake 5 minutes longer for 9x13 pan)
  13. Once cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes in the pans.
  14. Remove from pan and allow to continue to cool on a wire rack.
  15. Once the cake has fully cooled, frost at will.

Mocha Butter Cream frosting

  1. In mixer, combine the butter, salt, and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add the milk, coffee, cocoa, and espresso powder.
  3. Once those are fully mixed together, add the powdered sugar a bit at time until all has been incorporated.
  4. Frost the cake in any desired manner. Or simply just grab a spoon and eat it.

Chocolate Mocha Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint ~ The Complete SavoristChocolate Mocha Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint ~ The Complete SavoristChocolate Mocha Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee topped with a fluffy mocha buttercream, and by mocha, I mean MOCHA, full coffee flavor, not just a hint ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Betty
    April 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This cake looks so good. Nothing better then a chocolate mocha cake and a glass of milk.

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you so much!!! I almost enjoyed it with a cup of coffee.

      • MelIssa Madriaga
        July 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm

        hello can you please tell me what espresso powder is? Thank you so much.

        • Michelle
          July 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

          Melissa, you can find espresso powder on the coffee aisle. It will be with the instant coffee selections, usually anyway.

  • allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    April 28, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous cake Michelle, I need this. NEED! (Giggle.) Love mocha.

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Yes Allie, you do need this! 🙂

  • Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    April 28, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    OOohhh, you really should bake more often. This cake is fabulous!! Wish I could dive in.

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you Sandi, I am still trying to get my baking legs!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld
    April 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Michelle, these pictures are amazing- I love my coffee and put it IN cake = winning.

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you Arman, it is one of my favorite things I have made in quite some time. I’ll add it to the Thanksgiving list.

  • Catherine
    April 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Dear Michelle, what a gorgeous cake. This is absolute perfection…heaven in cake form. xo, Catherine

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine. I agree with you too, it’s heavenly.

  • Healing Tomato
    April 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker, but, this recipe will definitely make me love coffee. Your cake looks so delicious. I would love to be devouring some of these right now.

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Not a coffee drinker????But this would covert you.

  • Sara
    April 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    WOW. I am a big fan of the chocolate/coffee combo, this looks like an amazing way to pair the two flavors!

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you Sara! It’s addicting.

  • GiGi Eats
    April 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I would like to be sandwiched between those layers!

    • Michelle
      April 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Oh yes, that would be utterly fun.

  • Christina @ christina's cucina
    April 29, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I adore coffee and chocolate (although I don’t drink coffee)- yes, mocha is a love of mine…very strange, I know. Your cake looks awesome and I’m sure your grandma would be proud!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Not strange, I know many who love mocha but not coffee.

  • Florian @ContentednessCooking
    April 29, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Beautiful pictures! Your recipe sounds incredibly delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you Florian.

  • Levan @ MyWifeMakes.com
    April 29, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Hey Michelle! Been seeing you all across our Facebook food bloggers’ groups. 🙂 LOVING THIS COFFEE LOVER’S CHOCOLATE MOCHA CAKE!!!!! Photography is excellent and the taste — I can imagine it right now, perfect for breakfast…. and lunch… and dinner…. and supper too. Loving this and also digging your blog. Amazing stuff. 🙂 Five stars cause you are AWESOME!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Oh Levan, you are too kind. I might have enjoyed the cake for breakfast…might. 😉

  • Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
    April 29, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I have the same situation with Red Velvet cake! My grandma made the best around, cooked icing and everything! But I have no doubt that this mocha cake is still utterly delicious!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you Meg, and I hope to try to make my grandma’s cake some day, but not yet.

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    April 29, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Believe it or not, I DO NOT like cake. But would never be able to resist chocolate and coffee combo, so this cake may be the exception!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      No cake???? Well I’ll only give you a tiny sliver then.

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    April 29, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Oh my goodness, this cake. It’s basically the cake of my dreams! That frosting, the moist cake, love everything about it!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you Kim! I am so very happy with the cake…and the frosting.

  • Paula - bell'alimento
    April 29, 2015 at 7:51 am

    My coffee loving self is doing cartwheels right now. I’ll take two slices please ; )

    • Michelle
      May 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I love that you’re doing cartwheels!

  • heather @french press
    April 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

    what an absolutely gorgeous cake!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you Heather.

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
    April 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I absolutely love coffee added to baked goods! This cake is gorgeous, and I’m sure tastes amazing!!!

    • Michelle
      April 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  • NellieBellie
    April 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I completely agree that mochas are about as heavenly as you can get! And I also really love seeing recipes that have one part subtle, one part in your face. This recipe definitely sounds like something I would love and absolutely need to try!

    • Michelle
      May 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      I told a neighbor that I didn’t want the coffee to just be a ‘I wonder if there is coffee in there flavor’, instead I wanted it to smack you in face, leaving no doubt that it’s a coffee frosting.

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  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    May 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Oh my…..that looks like heaven on a fork! Mad skills lady, so impressed!!!

    • Michelle
      May 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Ha, thank you Debra! It was fun to make and even more fun to eat.

  • Sandra Shaffer
    May 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Coffee enhances chocolate beautifully! I bet this tastes amazing! You did your grandmother proud!

    • Michelle
      May 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you Sandra.

  • Joy @ Joy Love Food
    May 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    This cake is gorgeous and sounds so good!

    • Michelle
      May 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I miss it already…it was that good.

  • Maureen
    May 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Now, this is my coffee cake. Being a coffee lover, I must say that this is the perfect cake for coffees. The rich mocha flavor is there. The taste of coffee. chocolate and milk are just alluring. This is a great cake recipe!

    • Michelle
      May 18, 2015 at 1:50 am

      Thank you so much Maureen, hope you enjoy it, one coffee lover to another.

  • Denise Wright
    May 20, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Sitting here at Starbucks thinking how good that looks and how I wish I had a piece right now! Love anything with coffee in it.

    • Michelle
      May 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Lucky you at S’Bucks this morning.

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    May 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Coffee and chocolate…a winning combination in my book! Pinning and yumming…and hopefully making soon!

    • Michelle
      May 20, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you Michelle, If you love coffee, you will love this.

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  • Nina
    July 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I want to make this cake for my boyfriend for this birthday on Friday but I don’t have a mixer. Is it possible to make this cake with just a whisk?

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      July 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Hand mixer or by hand would work. By hand will be a bit more effort for you, but you’ll gain some muscle out of the endeavor. 😊 Sift the flour/dry goods, if you can to make it easier for you as well.