Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mocha Chocolate Layer Cake

1 C butter
3 C packed brown sugar
4 eggs
3 t vanilla extract
3 C flour
¾ C cocoa
3 t baking soda
½ t salt
1 ½ C brewed coffee, cooled
1 1/3 C sour cream

For the frosting:
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each) – softened
½ C butter – softened
8 squared unsweetened chocolate, melted (1 ounce each)
½ C brewed coffee, cooled
3 t vanilla extract
6 C powdered sugar

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Also, whisk together the coffee and sour cream. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar alternating with the sour cream mixture. Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
To make the frosting: Cream the cheese and butter together. Add the chocolate , coffee and vanilla. Gradually beat in the sugar. Spread between the layers and over the top and sides of the cake.

Some notes: This cake will serve lots and lots of people…..maybe 20! It’s really rich and gloriously decadent. There is plenty of frosting to be generous – don’t skimp between the layers. Store it in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving. 

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