Chocolate Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

The one factor higher than traditional chocolate cake… is chocolate cake slathered in mocha buttercream frosting! Instant espresso powder enhances the chocolate taste and offers the white chocolate buttercream it’s scrumptious mocha taste. A must-bake for espresso lovers!

Mocha Chocolate Cake

It’s no secret I really like baking with espresso powder. Extra particularly: DeLallo’s Instant Espresso Powder! In truth, I think about my secret weapon ingredient that makes virtually any chocolate recipe just a bit bit higher. However up till final week… I had solely baked with it.

However now, every part has modified! Glass ceilings have been shattered, my mates. As a result of espresso powder isn’t only for baking. You see, final week I went a bit wild and added it to my white chocolate buttercream and OMG! It’s insane. It provides a wealthy, darkish roast espresso taste to the frosting that creates a mocha taste you’ll immediately fall in love with. The most effective half? It’s really easy! You’ll actually simply scoop 3 to 4 teaspoons of the espresso powder into the melted white chocolate, stir, and add to the buttercream. So easy!


  • Cake Pan: This recipe requires a 9×13-inch cake pan. I counsel utilizing steel or aluminized metal pans, however ceramic or glass can work. You’ll merely want to extend the baking time, more than likely by 5 to six minutes. You’ll understand it’s prepared when a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear.
  • Parchment Paper: Preheat your oven to 350, then line your pan with parchment paper. I additionally counsel calmly spraying with a nonstick baking spray to make sure the cake doesn’t persist with the pan.
  • Two giant bowls: No standing mixer required for the cake! As a substitute, you’ll combine the moist substances in a single bowl, the dry in one other, then combine every part collectively. No want so as to add the mixtures alternately, simply be certain to not over combine!
  • Wire Cooling Rack: You’ll invert the cake onto this and funky fully earlier than frosting.

Cake Elements:

  • Sugar: Granulated and brown make an look on this cake. Each add sweetness, however the brown sugar additionally provides taste and moisture.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is the one number of flour I like to recommend utilizing.
  • Cocoa Powder: Dutch-process cocoa yields an additional darkish and scrumptious chocolate cake. Common, unsweetened, cocoa powder will work.
  • Leavening Brokers: Baking soda is used to provide the right rise and unfold of this cake.
  • Salt: Only a pinch each balances and enhances the flavors on this cake.
  • Eggs: You’ll wish to be sure to use giant eggs, and produce them to room temperature.
  • Bitter Cream: Full-fat and at room temperature!
  • Milk: Don’t get fancy right here! Common (complete) milk works greatest. Make sure you deliver it to room temperature.
  • Vegetable oil: Canola oil or melted refined coconut oil may also work.
  • Vanilla extract: All the time use actual vanilla, not synthetic or imitation.
  • Water: Freshly boiled sizzling water works greatest. However the very hottest faucet water you may get will work, too. It’s vital the water is sizzling so the cocoa blooms correctly.
  • Espresso Powder: DeLallo’s Instant Espresso Powder, to be precise!

Making the Frosting!

You’ll want:

  • A stand mixer: Fitted with a paddle attachment! Or an electrical hand mixer!
  • Butter: For greatest outcomes, use unsalted butter. However in a pinch, salted will work! Simply be certain it’s at room temperature earlier than utilizing.
  • Confectioners’ sugar: Aka powdered sugar! Sift it earlier than use to make sure your mocha buttercream frosting is lump-free.
  • Salt: For those who use salted butter, omit this from the recipe.
  • Milk: Once more, ensure it’s at room temperature. Chilly substances don’t bond!
  • White Chocolate: Use a premium white chocolate, and never white chocolate chips. As soon as melted, remember to cool for 10 minutes. If added too sizzling, the buttercream will cut up.
  • Espresso Powder: You recognize the drill, seize DeLallo’s Instant Espresso Powder and also you’ll be golden!

Embellish your coronary heart out!

For those who’re a minimalist, no decor is required! This cake is beautiful and ample merely frosted and sliced. That being mentioned, chocolate shavings and chocolate dipped espresso beans on high don’t harm. And make the presentation completely beautiful. I want to make use of bittersweet chocolate for the shavings, however any chocolate you benefit from the style of will work. I often add about 2/3 cup on high of the frosting.

To create chocolate shaving, merely run a cheese peeler over a block of chocolate. Or you may get fancy and make the chocolate curls from my espresso chocolate pudding pie recipe.

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Chocolate Cake with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

Ashley Manila

The one factor higher than traditional chocolate cake… is chocolate cake slathered in mocha buttercream frosting! Instant espresso powder enhances the chocolate taste and offers the white chocolate buttercream it is scrumptious mocha taste. A must-bake for espresso lovers!

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time 35 minutes

Cooling time: 2 hrs

Course Dessert

Delicacies Cake, Chocolate


For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (298g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (106g) gentle brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (84g) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 giant eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup(227g) full-fat bitter cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113m) complete milk room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (170ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (227ml) sizzling water
  • 2 teaspoons DeLallo on the spot espresso powder

For the Mocha Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (340g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 and 1/4 cups (371g) confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons (42ml) milk
  • 6 ounces high quality white chocolate chopped, melted, and cooled for 10 minutes
  • 4 teaspoons DeLallo on the spot espresso powder
  • chocolate shavings for decor


For the Chocolate Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°(F). Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray pan generously – sides and backside – with nonstick cooking spray, then put aside till wanted. 

  • In a big bowl, mix each sugars, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; combine on low till dry substances are completely mixed. Use your fingers to interrupt up any giant clumps, if wanted.

  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs, bitter cream, milk, oil and vanilla extract; combine till fully mixed.

  • Pour moist combination into the dry substances and blend till simply included. The combination will likely be thick, that is regular. Don’t over combine right here.

  • In a big spouted that means cup mix the recent water and espresso powder. Pour the recent water combination into the cake batter and let sit for 1 minute. Then gently whisk till fully mixed; about 1 minute. The batter will fairly skinny.

  • Pour the batter into the ready pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or till a wood toothpick or cake tester inserted within the middle of a cake comes out clear or with just some moist crumbs hooked up.

  • Cool cake for 10 minutes within the pan earlier than inverting the cake onto a cooling rack to chill fully. As soon as cool, flip proper aspect as much as frost.

For the Mocha Buttercream Frosting:

  • Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a big bowl utilizing a handheld electrical mixer, beat the butter on medium-speed till fully easy.

  • Scale back the pace to low and steadily add within the confectioners’ sugar, beating till the entire sugar is totally mixed.

  • Add within the salt and milk and beat easy.

  • Add the espresso powder into the melted white chocolate and beat easy. Scrape the white chocolate combination into the frosting and beat till included.

  • As soon as the entire substances have been included, improve the pace to medium-high and beat for a minute.

  • Unfold the frosting on the highest and sides (if desired )of the cooled cake. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings, if utilizing. Enable the frosting to set for 20 minutes, then slice and serve!

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