The Crazy Kitchen: Rich Mocha Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream

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Thursday 6 November 2014

Rich Mocha Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream

Another month has passed, which means another birthday, and another birthday cake. This time it was for Sam's 14th birthday (14! how did that happen?). Last year he requested a carrot cake but as there were no special requests this year I decided on a mocha cake using my favourite chocolate cake recipe, and topped with a Belgian chocolate buttercream.

Rich Mocha Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream

I've made this cake a few times before, sometimes with espresso and sometimes with instant coffee. This time I used Dolce Gusto Ristretto Ardenza, a short, full bodied shot of coffee with a creamy layer, which is my new favourite morning drink.

Rich Mocha Cake 
100ml espresso (2 shots)
35g cocoa powder
190g caster sugar
1 egg
60ml vegetable oil
125ml milk
115g plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Belgian Chocolate Buttercream
150g butter, softened
300g icing sugar, sifted
4tbsp room temperature water (or cooled espresso)
150g Belgian milk chocolate, melted
  • Beat together the espresso, cocoa powder and sugar until smooth
  • Beat in the egg, oil and milk
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder & bicarb of soda
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well
  • Divide the mixture between four 6" tins, greased & lined with baking paper (or two 8" tins)
  • Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 12-15 minutes for 6" tins ( a little longer for 8")
  • Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely
  • Beat together the butter & icing sugar
  • Add the water and beat until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the melted chocolate until fully combined
  • Use the buttercream to sandwich the cakes together and spread the remaining buttercream over the top and sides
  • I topped with chocolate lollipops made from Belgian chocolate poured into football & number lollipop moulds
Rich Mocha Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream Rich Mocha Cake with Belgian Chocolate Buttercream

I was provided with the Dolce Gusto coffee capsules & espresso cups free of charge

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