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Chocolate Mocha Layer Cake

A few weeks ago, we were invited to a 60th birthday party, so something a bit special was called for. Having been impressed with the chocolate cupcakes I’d made from the Primrose Bakery cookbook, I thought I’d try their recipe for chocolate layer cake – only with a twist, a coffee twist.

This is what I think I did (hmm, it was a while ago now):
  • Melted 200g dark chocolate 70% & left to cool slightly.
  • Creamed 170g unsalted butter with 350g soft brown sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in 3 duck egg yolks followed by the chocolate.
  • Sifted 370g flour (1/2 wholemeal & 1/2 white) together with 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1.5 tsp bicarb of soda and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Added this to the butter mixture alternately with 250ml water.
  • Stirred in 250g Greek yogurt and 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Whisked eggs whites from the 3 eggs until still and folded this into the mixture.
  • Divided mixture between two 21cm cake thingies and baked at 180C for about 30 mins.
  • Left to cool for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • Mixed 150g unsalted butter, 300g icing sugar, 2 tsp instant coffee (dissolved in a little water) and 1 tbsp milk together.
  • Used half of the mixture to sandwich the cakes together and the other half to ice the top.
  • Decorated with chocolate coffee beans.
Again, I was impressed with this cake and give the yogurt some of the credit for the lightness and superior texture – yogurt was not in the original recipe. Being in a bit of a hurry, the cake had not sufficiently cooled when I put the icing on, hence its tendency to slip off, as can be seen from the photo. All I can say is, the Birthday Boy and party goers seemed to be happy with the end product.
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  1. Kath

    8th May 2010 at 9:16 am

    I love a coffee cake and can never resist coffee buttercream, is looks absolutely delicious. Lucky birthday boy!

  2. Laura Nickoll

    8th May 2010 at 9:39 am

    Gorgeous. I’ve never used Greek yogurt in cake mixture before, but will do now. Can’t wait to try it out. I imagine this would make lovely cupcakes, too.

  3. Astra Libris

    8th May 2010 at 9:51 am

    Oh my goodness, this sounds beyond incredible… Mocha is such a grand flavor, especially with buttercream! 🙂

  4. Sushma Mallya

    8th May 2010 at 10:08 am

    cake looks beautiful..

  5. Suzler

    8th May 2010 at 10:46 am

    Yum, that looks wonderful! One of my favourite chocolate cake recipes has yoghurt in it and it really does help make a light, moist sponge.

  6. Lucie

    8th May 2010 at 11:50 am

    This is a superb cake Choclette – I must try yoghurt cake – it sounds so light. Lucie x

  7. Mary

    8th May 2010 at 2:05 pm

    What a glorious cake. While the duck eggs are new to me I often combine chocolate and coffee in my desserts. They really compliment each other. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Joanna

    8th May 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I love the chocolate coffee combination and this looks like a beauty!

  9. Bare Cupboard

    8th May 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! That looks pretty spectacular. I’ve made cakes with yoghurt before – it really does make it something special. And I certainly wouldn’t worry about the icing – it looks scrumptious to me.

  10. oxslip

    8th May 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my, I love mocha everything, the coffee gives gorgeous depth to the chocolate.
    Lucky BD boy indeed, the icing looks professionally gloopy btw, not slidey at all.

  11. Janice

    8th May 2010 at 5:26 pm

    It looks like a giant cupcake! Gorgeous flavours.

  12. Jacqueline

    8th May 2010 at 8:35 pm

    No wonder they were happy with it. Wow!

  13. Maria♥

    8th May 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Wow that is one gorgeous coffee cake!


  14. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    8th May 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I think the slipping off icing is enchanting – makes it look a bit like a bit beret on the top!

  15. Foodycat

    9th May 2010 at 9:58 am

    Coffee and chocolate – match made in heaven!

  16. MaryMoh

    9th May 2010 at 11:48 am

    I love both chocolate cake and coffee cake. This combination must be awesome.

  17. Life Artist ~

    9th May 2010 at 12:08 pm

    the photo is k i l l i n g !
    thank you for sharing!

    and coffee lover, check my mars coffee recipe *.*

    best wishes.

  18. Chele

    9th May 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Who wouldn’t be happy with a cake like that! YUM! Looks totally amazing and I bet the taste was even better.

  19. Choclette

    9th May 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Kath – I’m not really a fan of coffee cake, but I did like this one. I guess real coffee fans can just up the coffee dose.

    Laura – it does make good cupcakes, both the mint and passionfruit ones were made with yogurt.

    Astra Libris – sounds like there are a lot of you coffee fans out there.

    Sushma – it’s very kind of you to say such a nice thing about this rather odd looking cake.

    Suzler and Lucie – since I started using yogurt in chocolate cakes, I’m finding it hard to stop using it. I’m convinced I will have a hideous flop!!!

    Mary – thank you. Duck eggs do help to make a lighter and richer cake.

    Joanna – I hadn’t realised how popular this combination was until I received all these comments.

    Bare Cupboard – thank you, people are very forgiving.

    Oxslip – you’re right actually, I’m coming around to the idea of coffee with chocolate and thank you for the “professional” bit – not quite sure how I feel about “gloopy”.

    Janice – a giant cupcake sounds fun

    Jacqueline & Maria – thank you both

    Celia – now I can see the beret, I feel a whole lot happier about it – a jaunty cake has got to be a good one.

    Foodycat & MaryMoh – so many chocolate coffee lovers!

    Life Artist – I checked out your mars coffee drink, it sounds truly decadent.

    Chele – thank you, it did taste good.

  20. Margaret

    9th May 2010 at 9:08 pm

    The cake looks delicious and it is a great recipe too.

  21. Sabrina Ghayour

    9th May 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I love Mocha anything!!! Coffee and chocolate make a great marriage!!

  22. Choclette

    10th May 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Margaret – thank you

    Sabrina – and another coffee and chocolate fan

  23. Laura Nickoll

    13th May 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I can testify this recipe produces the lightest cake I’ve ever made – I just baked a cupcake version (and blogged about them, attributing the recipe to you in full). Thank you Choclette!

  24. Choclette

    13th May 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Laura – it’s really good to hear when others have taken inspiration from something on my blog and even better when it works!

  25. Ananda Rajashekar

    15th May 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I consider layer cakes as angel cakes and she looks amazing! 🙂

  26. Choclette

    16th May 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Ananda – thank you, a lovely idea.

  27. Emma @CakeMistress

    25th May 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Phwoar, layers of coffee and chocolate goodness. Super-amazing!

  28. Choclette

    25th May 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks Emma – it did prove to be a bit of a hit.

  29. Kath

    22nd September 2010 at 8:53 am

    I made it and it was delicious. I covered it with chocolate ganache and a lot of pink sprinkles. Thank you Choclette. x

  30. Choclette

    22nd September 2010 at 9:36 am

    Glad it worked out Kath and hope a good birthday was had. Am looking forward to seeing the pink sprinkles. I made it again too and used a chocolate fudge icing. I think it’s my favourite so far of the chocolate sponges I’ve made.

  31. Rikka B

    7th February 2013 at 8:48 pm

    My mouth is watering at the thought of it.

    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks for reminding me of this one Rikka, I’d totally forgotten about it 🙂

  32. Dee Johnson

    21st February 2013 at 2:21 pm

    This would be my fave, It looks really nice. I would love to have a go at this one.

  33. Maya Russell

    10th March 2013 at 10:31 am

    I’d decorate with chocolate drops rather than coffee beans, otherwise it’s a lovely cake.

  34. Tracy K Nixon

    11th August 2013 at 4:01 am

    Ohhhh now you have me drooling here! I love chocolate beans so I would probably cover mine in them!!!!


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