Saturday, 8 May 2010

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.

35 comments:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. Oh my goodness, this sounds beyond incredible... Mocha is such a grand flavor, especially with buttercream! :-)

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. 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

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

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. It looks like a giant cupcake! Gorgeous flavours.

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  11. No wonder they were happy with it. Wow!

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  12. Wow that is one gorgeous coffee cake!

    Maria
    x

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

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  14. Coffee and chocolate - match made in heaven!

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

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

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

    best wishes.

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

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  18. 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.

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

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

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  21. Margaret - thank you

    Sabrina - and another coffee and chocolate fan

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  22. 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!

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  23. 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!

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  24. I consider layer cakes as angel cakes and she looks amazing! :)

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  25. Ananda - thank you, a lovely idea.

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

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

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

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  29. 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.

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  30. My mouth is watering at the thought of it.

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    1. Thanks for reminding me of this one Rikka, I'd totally forgotten about it :)

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

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

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

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