Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting

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Published on: January 16, 2014

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting
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Straight from Grandma's recipe box comes a chocolate cake to be proud of. I'd never been a fan of mayonnaise in cake, so when Grandma first told me as a child that this cake used mayonnaise, it was hard for me to take that first bite. I remember fondly those days. And you'll remember the first time you bit into this wonderful chocolate cake with mocha frosting. The frosting calls for some instant coffee granules. If it's not something you keep on hand (most coffee drinkers don't), just get a 3 ounce jar at the local store. It's well worth the investment if you only use it in one batch of frosting!
For the cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups of sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temp
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted room temperature butter
  • 2 tbs instant coffee granules
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup melted semi-sweet chocolate- cooled slightly
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix in vanilla, coffee and mayonnaise.
  4. Pour cake batter into two 8 inch round greased and floured cake pans.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  6. Allow cakes to cool on a cooling rack.
To prepare frosting:
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, whip butter and instant coffee granules together until fluffy.
  2. Turn mixer to medium/high speed and slowly pour in whipping cream and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract and melted chocolate while whipping on medium/high speed.
  4. Turn mixer speed down to medium/low and slowly add in your powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until the frosting has reached your desired thickness.
Once cakes have cooled, level the tops and frost as desired.


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