Cappuccino Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Frosting

Cappuccino Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Frosting
Karry Hosford
  • Yield: 16 servings

For the espresso powder, I used Starbucks’ Via in individual packets and dissolved it in a little liquid before adding to the bowl. I chopped a dark chocolate bar for the top.


1 3/4cups all-purpose flour
3/4teaspoon baking powder
3/4teaspoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon salt
1tablespoon instant espresso powder
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3cups buttermilk
2/3cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 2/3cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 1/2teaspoons instant espresso powder
1teaspoon vanilla extract
3tablespoons milk, divided
1/2cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
3cups powdered sugar
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetned chocolate, melted
2tablespoons chopped dark chocolate, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Coat two 9-inch round layer pans with baking spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk espresso powder and vanilla with buttermilk in a medium bowl.
  4. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate. Turn mixer to low speed; add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture and beat until well blended.  Turn to medium speed and beat until smooth and creamy.  Pour into pans, spread evenly and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and finish cooling on racks.
  5. To prepare frosting, whisk espresso powder and vanilla with 2 tablespoons milk in a small bowl.
  6. Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Turn to low speed and gradually beat in powdered sugar. Add melted chocolate and milk mixture; increase mixer speed and beat until smooth and creamy.  If necessary, add more milk to make spreadable.
  7. Place one cake layer on plate.  Spread with about 2/3 cup frosting. Cover with second cake layer and frost sides and top of cake with remaining frosting.  Sprinkle chopped chocolate in a circle around top edge of cake, if desired.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 403
  • Fat 19g
  • Saturated Fat 12g
  • Cholesterol 63mg
  • Sodium 143mg
  • Carbohydrate 58g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 44g
  • Protein 4g
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