I love when birthdays are coming up in my family because, you guessed it, I get to make a cake. Unfortunately, this is the third year in a row that I won’t be with my dad on his birthday because I went back to school early again, but I still made him a cake. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, knowing that he would of course say something that had to do with chocolate, and he asked for a mocha chocolate cake. So, that’s what I gave him. Happy birthday dad!
The actual cake layers are your typical chocolate cake. I loved this cake recipe because the inside was moist and decadent, but it was still dry enough to handle and frost easily. Plus, it didn’t dome too much, which is awesome. Then, it’s frosted with a mocha chocolate frosting. I made the frosting recipe myself, and I’m pretty proud of it. I wanted to make sure you could really taste the coffee, since there was very little coffee in the cake and none in the ganache.
So, in the frosting, I use cocoa powder to make it chocolatey, of course. Then, I also used instant espresso powder and actual brewed coffee. Plus, I used brewed coffee to brush on the tops of the cake layers to give it just a little extra boost of coffee flavor. I don’t really like coffee and I thought it tasted too coffee for me, but that’s exactly how I knew it was perfect. This really was an amazing cake. My mom approved of it, which says a lot. I don’t like coffee and even I liked it.
Overall, A+ cake. Great for a chocolate lover’s birthday, like me dads (Happy birthday dad!). Happy baking!
Recipe adapted from Liv for Cake