Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mocha Latte Cake Recipe

This is one of my favorite cakes I have ever made.  Possibly my favorite.  It starts from a simple cake mix, but it evolves into a masterpiece of chocolate and coffee that will impress the most discerning guests.  The frosting is absolutely heavenly.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 package chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1 pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powered sugar + 1 cup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*.  Coat 2 (9 inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.  Melt 1/2 cup butter; cool slightly.  On medium speed, beat cake mix with 1 cup water, eggs and melted butter until just blended.  On medium high speed, beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Divide batter between two pans and bake 25 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes.  Transfer from pans to racks.  Stir coffee granules into 1/3 cup water until dissolved; reserve 2 tbsp. of mixture.  Brush warm cake layers with remaining coffee mixture, cool completely.

On medium high speed, beat remaining butter until fluffy.  On low speed, gradually beat in 16 oz. powdered sugar and reserved 2 tbsp. coffee mixture until blended.  On medium high speed, beat until light and fluffy.

In separate bowl, on medium high speed, beat cream cheese and vanilla with remaining 1 cup sugar until blended and fluffy.  Transfer one cake layer to serving plate and spread with cream cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of edge.  Top with remaining cake layer.

Spread cake top and sides with coffee frosting. 

It's a little bit of an effort to make this cake, but it is certainly worth it.  I'll be making this again in the near future!

28 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

I am so drooling now. Have to make this one also.
Have To!

Linda E said...

Looks and sounds great. Will have to give this one a try!

Out on the prairie said...

Yum!i love these flavors

Mila said...

Looks amazing and surely tastes the same! I'm on a diet, sort of, but would gladly have a piece! :D

alissa apel said...

My tummy is rumbling now. This looks so good!

Sally said...

Oh no!

I must have today! :)

xoxo

TexWisGirl said...

my goodness, that looks delish!

Ginny said...

OH YUM!! I don't know many moms who bake, have part time jobs, and three children! You are THE coolest mom. I think your energy may come from running.

Karen S. said...

Thank you for this delicious idea! I like making different cakes for our birthday celebrations, unless someone orders a special one. This will be perfect to try.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, it looks divine! All the different flavors together sound yummy.

I never made a layer cake until last fall for Larry's birthday. I wanted to spread jam between the two layers like I've seen you do, but Larry just wanted icing. :-)

mail4rosey said...

I like the coffee addition. I'd definitely be happy to try it. :)

Enie Dub said...

I adore coffee cake!!!

Well done!

Alica said...

And here I was just thinking about how I have to cut back on this kind of yummy desserts! Maybe tomorrow!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Gosh everything you make- we wish we had!!! Thank goodness your ideas are on bloggy- so we can come back and look!
love
tweedles

Linda said...

Must resist... resist... chocolate...

SweetMarie said...

I love chocolate and coffee! This looks delicious!

Endah Murniyati said...

Looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Michael Manning said...

Lisa, this is a dream cake!

April Lou said...

I totally want this for breakfast! It looks amazing.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Certainly worth it> Oh this sounds so good. Wish it was on my counter this morning for breakfast. Hug B

Harry Flashman said...

Alissa did a post on chocolate donuts, and you do one on cake! Here I am, stuck on the mountain with no way down, and not a sweetie to my name!

The horror. The horror.

The closest I can come is some corn bread muffin mix. Not the same at all...

A Quiet Corner said...

You know I am all over this one, right?!?!?!...:)JP

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Now that you have my mouth watering,... I will just go on my way. It sure does look delish!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Que delicia...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you, this cake sounds yummy!

Montanagirl said...

Oh ya, this is my kind of cake - I love chocolate, and coffee. Looks delish!!

Linda said...

This cake looks delicious, Lisa. I will give it a try when my Dutch sister-in-law visits us for the first time since we moved back to the States almost nine years ago. She loves coffee! And the Bingo in another post looks like such fun. When I was a teacher of French I loved using Bingo as a teaching tool for numbers. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Annette said...

This cake looks outstanding! Thanks for sharing the recipe.