Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mocha Cake with Mocha Butter Cream Icing

It was my MIL’s birthday last week. We usually order cakes for any big days. But after my semi-successful attempt at baking a complete Black forest cake for my parents’ anniversary A’s confidence in me has increased and he placed an order WITH ME…

And the order was Any flavored cake but fully frosted. I always love chocoffee and had always wanted to implement that in a cake and grabbed this chance. My favorite flavor in a cake and in a butter cream. This is my first attempt in whipping butter cream and for a first hander, I would say it came out well. We gave this as a surprise to MIL and she was really happy to see the love that we had for her transformed into a lovely cake.

~*What U Need*~
For the Mocha Cake
All purpose flour – 1 ¼ cup

Baking soda – ½ tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Sugar – 1 cup

Butter – 1 stick / ½ cup

Large Egg – 1
Instant coffee powder / granules – 1 tbsp
Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 1 ½ tbsp

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Buttermilk – ½ cup

Salt – a pinch

Boiling water – 1 tbsp

For the Mocha Butter cream Frosting / Icing

Instant coffee powder – 1 tsp

Unsweetened Cocoa powder – ½ tbsp

Milk – 1 tbsp

Butter(at room temperature/softened) – 1 stick / ½ cup

Vanilla extract – ½ tsp

Icing sugar/Super fine powdered sugar – 1 cup

Salt – a pinch (optional)

For Decoration

Chocolate vermicelli / sprinkles – ½ cup
Gems / M&M’s – as needed

Things for Decoration
Piping bag with Star nozzle

How I made it:
Mocha Cake:
Preheat oven to 350º F / 180 C. Grease and line your baking pan with wax paper
Sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt together thrice.
Dissolve the coffee granules in the boiling water without any lumps.
Beat together the butter and sugar till creamy.
Add the eggs and beat again till creamy.
To this wet mixture, add the vanilla extract and combine well.
Fold in the flour+cocoa mixture and the buttermilk in alternate batches. Do not over work on this.
Pour into the greased pan.

Bake for 35 mins or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Run knife around edges of cakes. Invert onto wire racks; remove wax paper. Cool completely.

Mocha butter-cream frosting:
Dissolve instant coffee granules and cocoa powder in milk without any lumps
Beat together butter, vanilla extract and salt in large mixer bowl for 3 minutes.
Beat in cocoa-coffee mixture until blended. Scrap down the sides in between.
Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Assembling the cake:
Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into two equal halves longitudinally. Level the top of the cake if it is too puffed up.
Mount the bottom half of the cake on a cake pedestal / cake board. Spread Mocha butter cream on it till desired thickness.
Place the second half on top of this, dump butter cream and cover the cake completely with the cream. Smooth it out with a spatula or knife dipped in chilled water.
Scoop out the excess cream into a piping bag fitted with star nozzle and decorate the sides of the cake

Decorate the top with chocolate sprinkles and Gems / M&M’s.

Alter the quantity between the cocoa powder and coffee granules to get desired mocha effect. The mentioned quantity was knock-on for us. The coffee flavor was not too strong and complimented the chocolate flavor well.
You can replace the cocoa powder used for Butter cream icing with 1 tbsp of melted dark chocolate
If you feel that the butter cream is too runny, beat in more sugar till spreading consistency. If too thick then add drops of milk gradually.

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  1. Looks simply amazing and perfect. thanks for sharing dear !!
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  2. wow wonderful cake !! looks so perfect !! Happy irthday to ur MIL !!

  3. wow...
    looks perfect and delicious dear :)

  4. yummy one piece for me :)
    looks delicious

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  5. Lucky MIL!!!! Awesome n perfectly made ...with so much love ..

  6. The cakes looks perfect and yummy!!!

  7. Gorgeous cake..perfect for a celebration :-)

  8. Delicious and lip smacking frosting.

  9. Mocha cake looks simply heavenly. Great preparation.

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  10. wow...tats a delicous n flavorful cake...lucky MIL :) nice preparation dear...hope u all had a great day with lots of love n fun...

  11. Anything with coffee flavour are my fav, cake looks superb,fabulous and inviting..

  12. I am a great fan of coffee-choco combo.. and yours looks like a perfectly done one!
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  13. looks so! i would enjoy one large slice without guilt!

  14. Belated BDAY wishes for your MIL...Love the cake...Please pass me too...

  15. A heart shape cake for MIL .. that is so so sweet :) The cake is looking so yummy .. give me a bite please :)

  16. Great job Vimitha..simply superb both in presentation & texture..bookmarked it!!

  17. looks so wonderful and delicious cake ... very lovely clicks ... following u on google followers .......

  18. looks so nice ...very moist cake

  19. cake looks really inviting........

  20. wow, amazing looking cake..love the frosting..mmm...simply delicious!

  21. I can t take my eyes off the gorgeous clicks...absolutely yummy dear..:P
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  22. Love the chocolate and coffee flavor of this cake! Great job on your first buttercream =)

  23. Well done! Great looking cake! Wonderful chocolaty coffee flavor

  24. The mocha cake looks so awesome and the decoration is so inviting.

  25. Delicious and oh so tempting, lovely cake. I’m sure it tasted as good as it looked. Great job, Vimitha!

  26. I am a lover of all things mocha! This cakes sounds like perfection.

  27. belated wishes to ur mil :P u've done a fab job in baking dear! wish I could bite into the slice :P

  28. Congrats on your cake! It looks so moist. It's always so nice to have homemade cakes over store bought. You can see all the love that went into it.

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