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Mocha Cake

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

Without a doubt, this is the best chocolate cake I've ever made. I share this decadent dessert with everyone I can!—Katherine DeLoach, Visalia, California
Mocha Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • FROSTING:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Optional: Chocolate-covered coffee beans and cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in chocolate, coffee and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. If desired, garnish with chocolate-covered coffee beans and cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 730 calories, 35g fat (21g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 100g carbohydrate (75g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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