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Light Mocha Cake Recipe

Light Mocha Cake Recipe

This decadent chocolate cake from our Test Kitchen is flavored with cinnamon, coffee and Kahlua, then topped with a rich, fudgy frosting. Hard to believe something so delectable is actually light!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, divided
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons coffee liqueur

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in boiling water. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, 1/2 cup coffee liqueur, oil, vanilla and coffee mixture until well blended. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually beat into egg mixture until blended.
  • 2. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add batter. Bake at 325° for 40-48 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Cool 15 minutes longer; brush with remaining coffee liqueur. Cool completely.
  • 3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate with milk; stir until smooth. Stir in enough coffee liqueur to achieve a spreading consistency. Spread over top of cake. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 224 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 54 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.