Mocha Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.


10-12 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
"My family often requests this delightful layer cake," writes Terry Gilbert of Orlean, Virginia. "They love the mocha flavor and extra chocolate surprise hidden beneath the taste-tempting frosting."


  • 1 package devil's food or chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 7 tablespoons brewed coffee, room temperature, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, coffee, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; invert onto a wire rack. Sprinkle each cake with 1/4 cup chocolate chips; when melted, gently spread chocolate over cakes. Place cakes in the freezer.
  3. Meanwhile, for frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cocoa and extract. Beat in 5 tablespoons coffee, 1 tablespoon at a time until light and fluffy. Spread between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and remaining coffee; stir until smooth. Pour over cake; carefully spread over the top, allowing it to drizzle down the sides.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 658 calories, 35g fat (12g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.