Mocha Cake Recipe

Mocha Cake Recipe

How To Make Mocha Cake

A 3-layer moist delight, this mocha cake offers a bittersweet, soft treat, made with a chocolate base and covered in coffee-flavored frosting.

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



For Cake:

  • cupsgranulated sugar
  • ½cupvegetable oil
  • 3large eggs
  • 1tbsppure vanilla extract
  • ½cuplight sour cream
  • 2cupsall-purpose flour
  • ½cupnatural cocoa powder
  • 1tbspespresso powder
  • tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • 1tspsalt
  • cupscoffee

For Frosting:

  • ¼cuphot water
  • tbspespresso powder
  • 2cupsunsalted butter
  • 8cupspowdered sugar
  • 1tbspheavy whipping cream
  • 2tsppure vanilla extract
  • 6ozdark chocolate,chopped



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 3 8-inch round baking pans, line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the sides.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract.

  3. Beat on medium speed until the eggs and oil are well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color. Next mix in the sour cream and beat until well combined.

  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.

  5. Alternate ½ the dry ingredients followed by ½ of the coffee and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate.

  6. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

  7. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed.

  8. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 pans, about 1⅔ cups of batter per pan.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 24 minutes. Rotate the pans in the oven halfway through baking.

  10. Test the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.

  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.


  1. Prepare the espresso. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the water until it’s almost boiling and add 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder, stirring until it’s dissolved.

  2. Place the espresso in the freezer to cool it down. Once cooled, measure out 2 tablespoons of brewed espresso to add to the frosting and brush any leftovers over top of the chocolate cake layers prior to assembling.

  3. Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip butter for 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Beat until the butter looks light in color.

  4. Alternate adding 2 to 3 cups of powdered sugar at a time with a portion of the liquid ingredients: brewed espresso, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

  5. Ensure all the powdered sugar is well combined and beat for 2 to 3 minutes before adding additional powdered sugar. Add the remaining espresso powder into the prepared frosting.

  6. Once all ingredients have been added, whip for 3 to 4 minutes until the frosting is light and airy. If the frosting is too thick, add additional heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time.

To Assemble:

  1. Level off the cakes by removing any domes.

  2. Place a dollop of frosting on the cake board and place the bottom layer of cake over that.

  3. Pipe the first layer of frosting, pipe in circles working outside edge to the middle. Spread evenly with an offset spatula.

  4. Add the second layer of cake and add the remaining frosting. Place the third layer of cake on top.

  5. Use an offset spatula to press any excess frosting onto the edges of the cake.

  6. To finish, pipe the frosting along the outside edge of the cake using a large open round tip, or a cake icer tip. Then use an offset spatula or icing smoother to create a smooth edge.

  7. Chop the dark chocolate into thin and small pieces and gently press into the sides of the cake.

  8. Fill the piping bag with the remaining frosting to pipe the rosettes on top. Sprinkle to top with leftover chocolate.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 1166.64kcal
  • Fat: 59.33g
  • Saturated Fat: 30.18g
  • Trans Fat: 1.58g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21.07g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.99g
  • Carbohydrates: 156.83g
  • Fiber: 4.12g
  • Sugar: 128.48g
  • Protein: 7.50g
  • Cholesterol: 160.00mg
  • Sodium: 431.86mg
  • Calcium: 145.42mg
  • Potassium: 300.80mg
  • Iron: 4.28mg
  • Vitamin A: 351.39µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.13mg
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