Mahogany Chocolate Coffee Cake

    50 minutes

    This is an old layer cake recipe with a beautiful rich colour, hence the name. Coffee in the cake and icing adds a rich taste.

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    Makes: 1 cake

    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 5 eggs
    • 1/4 cup cold brewed coffee
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 250g buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 2 1/2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • Icing
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 450g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1/4 cup cold brewed coffee
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour three 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Place the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and beat until light coloured and smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir the coffee and cocoa into the egg mixture until well blended. Measure the buttermilk and remove 1 tablespoon, placing it in a separate small bowl. Stir the remaining buttermilk into the egg mixture, beating until smooth.
    3. Stir the bicarb soda into 1 tablespoon buttermilk until smooth then mix into the egg mixture. Stir in the flour, beating until smooth. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake tins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick or small knife inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. To make the icing, beat 250g butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually sift in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in the coffee, cocoa and vanilla until well blended.
    6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread top with about 1/5 icing. Place the second layer on top of the first, and ice. Repeat with the third layer. Use remaining icing to ice top and sides.

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    My kids & I loved this cake. It was not dry & the frosting was the best. Couldn't really taste the coffee in the cake, & the chocolate flavor was mild but there was a "subtle" difference compared to most cakes. The kids asked for seconds.  -  24 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This cake is wonderful and I've never been a huge fan of coffee. The coffee flavor is very subtle and it's mostly the moist chocolate cake that you taste. It's my youngest daughter's new favorite cake and I know I'll be making this for her birthday for many years to come! Thanks for the great recipe!!  -  17 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Made this cake last week. This was the: 1. First layer cake I have ever made 2. First cake I have ever made from scratch 3. First icing I have ever made from scratch This cake could not have been easier to make. However, it didn't taste like I anticipated it. The cake did turn out very moist and very rich. I would make it again for company!  -  21 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)