Monday, May 7, 2012

Chocolate & Coffee Layer Cake







Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 5

Here Anne had often been staying.  She knew the ways of Uppercross as well as those of Kellynch.  The two families were so continually meeting, so much in the habit of running in and out of each other's house at all hours, that it was rather a surprise to her to find Mary alone; but being alone, her being unwell and out of spirits was almost a matter of course.  Though better endowed than the elder sister, Mary had not Anne's understanding nor temper.  While well, and happy, and properly attended to, she had great good humour and excellent spirits; but any indisposition sunk her completely.  She had no resources for solitude; and inheriting a considerable share of the Elliot self-importance, was very prone to add to every other distress that of fancying herself neglected and ill-used.  In person, she was inferior to both sisters, and had, even in her bloom, only reached the dignity of being "a fine girl."  She was now lying on the faded sofa of the pretty little drawing-room, the once elegant furniture of which had been gradually growing shabby, under the influence of four summers and two children; and, on Anne's appearing, greeted her with—




Chocolate & Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

For cake:
225g flour
180g sugar
3 eggs
95g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
250ml buttermilk
125g vegetable oil
1 cup of espresso (100ml)
2 or 3 x 20cm cake pan
For frosting:
170g dark chocolate (chopped)
226g unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 ml espresso (cool)

Directions:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease 2or 3 cake pans.


2)      Combined all dry ingredients for the cake in electric mixing bowl mix them well.


3)      In another bowl beat buttermilk, vanilla, oil & egg yolks.

4)      Gradually beat buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients till all well combined.

5)      Beat in gradually little at a time hot espresso into the batter till well incorporated.

6)      Pour batter into 2 grease pans equally. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let the cakes cool.

7)      For frosting: Melt chocolate on double boiler / bain-marie till smooth. Set a side to cool


8)      Beat butter on medium speed till creamy & fluffy. Add in vanilla & egg yolks for 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugar till well incorporated.


9)      Beat in melted chocolate & espresso slowly & gradually till all well combined.


    10) Spread coffee butter cream on cake layer evenly. Spread the rest of the frosting all over the  
    cake. Store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serve.



I’m linking this post to Blog Hop - Cook Like A Star May 2012 event hosted by Zoe of  Bake For Happy Kids.

 
Bon Appetit



61 comments:

  1. beautiful! You make the most beautiful cakes!!

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    1. Ghee! Thanks Gloria! You too , you made marvelous dessert too! =)

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  2. I love the way you present it. So beautiful. Can I have a bite?

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by & your kind words! Sure, love to share it with you any time! Hope to see you again! =)

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  3. OMG!!! I simply love this .... gorgeous cake you have here .. ;)

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    1. Thanks a lot Abbygail for your lovely words & for dropping by! Have a nice day! =)

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  4. what a stunning cake! I have been assigned to make a 3 layer cake for this cake and this is will be a source of inspiration for sure!

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    1. Thanks Nish! Glad that you like it & also an inspiration for your cake! Can't wait to see your lovely cake! You made beautiful cakes too! =)

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  5. Oh my God, that looks beautiful!
    Very neat icing on the cake. I want that slice:)

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    1. Thanks Balvinder! Love to share this cake with you & have a nice tea to go with it too! =)

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  6. Beautiful cake.. wonderful way to get the coffee..and not upset your stomach. Love the pansies, too!

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    1. Thanks Janet for dropping by & your kind words! Hope to see you again! =)

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  7. Lovely cake! And flowers! I love coffee, so this would be perfect for me! Choc and coffee are always a winner in my books! You have such pretty flowers in your garden! :)

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    1. Thank you so much , Joyce for your lovely words! Yes, chocolate & coffee does make a fabulous combo! I love gardening besides baking. Glad that you like the flowers too! =)

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  8. What a yummy cake!! and your frosting looks perfect. stop fretting :D. It's breakfast time here and I can kill for a slice of your delicious cake :D

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    1. LOL... it's always great to have you here; Your comments always put a smile on my face! Thank you so much for the kind words! How nice if we're neighbors huh! We can enjoy each others goodies! =)

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  9. Kit, you are a baking star. You encouraged me for baking with your lovely blog. My baking skills are slowly inproving ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, Selena! So happy that my blog has inspired you into baking! Looking forward for your lovely bakes with your amazing carving creations! Have a nice day, Selena! =)

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  10. You are a baking queen! The layered cake looks not only beautiful but also very tasty with coffee frosting!

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    1. Ghee! Thanks Angie & truly honored coming from you! Glad that you like my bakes & I still have a lot to learn from you. Coz you make fantastic bakes too! =)

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  11. Kit, your frosting is perfect - you are too hard on yourself. Coffee upsets my stomach too but only instant - fresh coffee not so much so I think this would be perfect. With those pretty flowers on top you should enter this in Lavender and Lovage comp for this month - the theme is flowers.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words. Great to know that TTT this month will be Flowers! Love this theme! Thanks for the info & looking forward for your TTT bakes too; Have a lovely day! =)

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  12. oh my coffee and chocolate you have found my weakness! i love the pretty flowers on the cake, I like that your hubby says it looks like a vintage swimming cap, it totally does! the best tasting one for sure ;)

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    1. LOL.. Thanks Neshanne! Both of us have the same weakness! It does look like vintage swimming cap , doesn't it! Hehehe Yup, the best tasted vintage swimming cap EVER! LOL

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  13. Awesome! this cake is definitely for me. you've got all the ingredients that i like in a cake, buttermilk, coffee, cocoa..wow!

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    1. Thanks & glad that you like it! With all those awesome ingredients , how can anyone resist! heheheh

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  14. Oh, my. This cake looks truly amazing! Love the flower decoration, too.

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    1. Thanks Nicola for your lovely words! Have a nice day, dear! =)

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  15. I was just going to compliment you on your beautiful icing technique! Your cake looks beautiful! I love coffee with my chocolate...such a fabulous combo! And you can't beat Ina's recipes :)

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    1. Thanks Lizzy for your kind words! Yes, Ina's recipe is simply amazing & great combo too! Best chocolate coffee cake EVER! =)

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  16. It looks so amazing, well done. Such a neat, dark and mysterious looking cake! The flowers are a lovely addition too :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words that truly brightens up my day! Have a lovely day! =)

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  17. What a beautiful cake. I cannot find the words to describe it. Excellent work!

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    1. Ghee! Thanks Alida for your encouraging words; I do appreciate it! Have a nice day, Alida! =)

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  18. This is gorgeous!! I love the presentation. Makes me want an extra extra large slice :)

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    1. Thanks Cathleen for your lovely words! LOL... Love to share an extra, extra large piece with you anytime! =)

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  19. Your cake looks very beautiful and stunning! Mine is just a simple and plain looking family cake :p I didn't add coffee into mine so that my 3 years old son can eat it without us worrying about the caffeine content. Total agree with you that the buttercream is so smooth and velvety! This chocolate cake recipe is really very good and glad that you made it too :D

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    1. Thanks Joe! This recipe is a keeper! Glad that you & I've tried it. Totally understand that you didn't add the coffee in this cake. & I'm sure it tasted delicious without coffee too. Your cake looks great & love how you presented it! Glad to join in this event that is simply amazing! Thanks for hosting! Have a lovely day! =)

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  20. This cake looks divine! What a gorgeous job you did frosting! Great pictures sweetie!

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    1. Thanks Serena for your lovely words & glad that you like it! Have a lovely day! =)

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  21. looks crazy delicious...craving now..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. LOL.. thank you so much! Wish you a nice day,Jay! =)

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  22. This cake is beautiful. The flowers are so lovely. I am not a coffee drinker, but I would be willing to give this cake a try.

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    1. Thank you so mush for your kind words. Do give it a try coz it's really worth it: Have an awesome day! =)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Have a lovely day! =)

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    1. Thanks Clairejustine! Have a nice day dear! =)

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  25. Hi Kit, pass me 2 big slices please... how to resist such beautiful delicious cake. I love the topping.
    You're good, I shall award you Queen of dessert. hehehe Your frosting look good what, where got ugly. Lovely presentation, love the flowers from your garden. Wish I'm your neighbor then we can exchange our cakes and kuih. LOL

    Have a nice day, regards. A big cyber hugs to you.

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    1. LOL... Thanks Amelia! You are the queen of dessert ahh wei! I can pass you half the cake, if you want! :)p hheeh I love to be your neighbor mann! Your kuihS are so tempting & sedap leh! I'm drooling everytime I visited your yummy blog! Craving it's more like it! LOL
      Have a lovely day too & lots og HUGS to you too; Amelia! =)

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  26. How deliciously decadent!!! LOVE the pansies, it looks nothing like a bathing cap :-).
    Good for you that you got the spring cleaning done, isn't it always a wonderful relief! When it rains on the weekend you can always bake another gorgeous cake instead of working in the garden...
    what will definitely go inside the greenhouse are my raspberries, the moment they stick their little leaves out (never mind the berries) it all gets eaten by the locust.
    hugs back to you
    lots of love
    jutta

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  27. Cook like a star is absolutely right. All of your posts look so delicious and amazing! Chocolate and coffee do make for a wonderful pairing. Your cake here does have some great qualities. Whoever is indulging in your sweet treats are very lucky! Simply delicious.

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  28. kit, your cake looks incredible! your frosting is really looking very smooth and pretty flowers too! i'm like you too, cant take coffee too much but once in a while, will try to steal a glass :))

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  29. Coffee and chocolate goes well together ! ;D I have this habit of adding coffee in most of my baked goods- if I can get away with it :D - even though it's not listed on the recipe pffftttt Anyway , your cake looks absolutely gorgeous ! You frost it beautifully ! Love the flowers , too !

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  30. oh! i love chocolate coffee combination! looks so delicious and you made the layer cake so so neatly!

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  31. What a gorgeous cake! I love how you've topped it with colorful pansies. I'm a big fan of chocolate baked goods and this sounds like a winner.

    Thanks so much for the follow. I've returned the favor ;)

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  32. Absolutely stunning cake!! I love coffee in cakes although I don't drink coffee.

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  33. Your cakes are always to pretty and also delicious looking! I love the combination of chocolate and coffee. The flowers make it look so festive and summery. Lovely.

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  34. Oh my goodness...now that's what I call a cake. It's almost too pretty to eat!

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  35. Hello! I get to know your blog through Zoe's Cook Like a Star. :) Your cake is simply beautiful! I love coffee, so this is definitely a must-bake for me! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  36. Oh!! Qué bonito pastel y con esas flores "pensamientos" que me encantan.
    Un saludo.

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