Double coffee chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting

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Dense, fudgy coffee chocolate cake with rich, dark chocolate and coffee frosting topped with a mountain of chocolate malt balls.

Chocolate coffee cake

Chocolate coffee cake

You might be all chocolated (yep, that’s a word now) out now but I’m taking my chances because this cake, this glorious, four-tiered cake sandwiched with fudgy, coffee-flavoured chocolate frosting, is the most chocolatiest of chocolatey cakes. I promise.

Chocolate coffee cake

Chocolate coffee cake

Woolworths asked me to come up with a recipe to tie in with their Celebrity Masterchef SA #CelebrityChef campaign and I was given coffee as my ingredient. I could do whatever I wanted and immediately I started thinking about cooking with coffee. I love adding a shot of strong espresso to my chili con carne and bolognese as it gives such a rich depth to the finished dish and adding coffee to a spicy rub for ribs or steak is a great way of enhancing the meaty flavours but by far my favourite way of using coffee is with chocolate.

Adding coffee to chocolate is magical. It makes the chocolate taste richer, darker and more intense and that’s why I knew that this would be pairing I would be basing my recipe on. And let’s face it, everyone is always looking for a great chocolate cake recipe and I have come to the rescue because this one is truly marvelous (if I do say so myself).

Chocolate coffee cake

I made a really dense, moist chocolate cake and sandwiched it with rich, fudgy chocolate frosting which I spiked with some espresso. With that, I added crushed coffee-flavoured chocolate malt balls for texture and even more chocolate-coffee flavour. And then why not finish and already OTT cake with a ton more of coffee-flavoured chocolate malt balls? The end result is this show-stopper which had my guests drooling for more. For more awesome ways to cook with coffee, visit the Woolworths website.

Chocolate coffee cake

4.35 from 23 votes
Chocolate coffee cake
Double coffee chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Dense, fudgy coffee chocolate cake with rich, dark chocolate and coffee frosting topped with a mountain of chocolate malt balls.
Course: Baked goods, Cake, Chocolate
Servings: 10 -12
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
for the cake
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 275 g flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons bicorbonate of soda baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 100 g melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 ml 1 cup buttermilk
  • 250 ml 1 cup hot coffee
for the frosting
  • 200 g butter room temperature
  • 600 g icing sugar sifted
  • 50 g cocoa powder sifted
  • 100 g dark chocolate melted, room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons espresso
  • 3 x 125g packs of coffee-flavoured chocolate malt balls I used Woolworths' Chuckles
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ยฐc and grease and line 2x 20cm cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined.
  5. Divide the batter between the two cake pans.
  6. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. don't worry if the cakes sink a little in the center.
  7. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. To make the buttercream, beat the butter until light and fluffy (around 4-5 minutes). Add the sifted cocoa powder and icing sugar then beat for another 2 minutes until combined.
  9. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the chocolate and mix well.
  10. Add the espresso, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until you have glossy buttercream.
  11. When the cakes are cool, carefully sliced them in half lengthwise, resulting in 4 cake layers.
  12. Stack the cakes with buttercream in the centre, adding the crushed chocolate malt balls between every layer.
  13. Finish the cake with the remaining buttercream and top with chocolate malt balls.

 

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  • Consumption Compulsion
    Reply

    Stumbled on this post via TasteSpotting and oh my God!!!! This looks ridiculously decadent! Looks so moist and yummy can’t wait to make it and dig into it. I need this in my life ASAP!!!!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much. Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it!

  • Jasmin
    Reply

    Although I am pretty chocolated, I could definitely go for a slice or two of this marvelous looking chocolatiest cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      There’s always room for more chocolate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lynne
    Reply

    Awesome ! Yummy! Delicious !(pinned) This is so my kind of cake…..Think I will make it as my birthday cake this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oooh! Let me know what you think once you’ve made it Lynne!

  • Reply

    Oh my goodness, words can’t even explain how amazing this cake looks. Coffee + chocolate — forever a winner!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad you approve Alexandra. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • June Burns
    Reply

    That looks incredible! I love the way you decorated it, very simple and elegant ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply

    Wow.. what a cake! It looks SO moist, rich, decadent and delicious. I wish I had a slice as you clearly have baked it to perfection!

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey
    Reply

    Is it possible to be all chocolated up? If so, I am pretty sure this sinful cake would change that mindset lickety split. This cake is simply a work of art. And those coffee-flavored malt balls. . .they are like jewels for an already decadent cake. Beautiful!

  • Reply

    Well helloooooo beautiful!! This cake is such a stunner!

  • Reply

    Your cake is truly impressive!! This would certainly be the center of attention. Who could possible eat when they knew this beauty was waiting to be devoured!! Bravissima!!

  • Mika
    Reply

    This looks Awesome…. Going to make this soon.

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