Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe

This cake directly here? It’s astonishing. That is to say, it thumped the Momofuku Birthday Cake directly out of the #1 spot, and that was a damn decent cake.

This Chocolate Mocha Cake is truly. SO. Great.

Rich dim chocolate cake and a luxurious Mocha Swiss Meringue buttercream, beat with a marvelous chocolate ganache. Does it show signs of improvement? I don’t think so.

On the off chance that you’ve been following Liv for Cake for some time, you realize this is one of my most seasoned (and one of my top choice) plans. In the event that you haven’t attempted it, you NEED to. You won’t think twice about it.

Mocha Cake

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Recipe by livforcake Course: DessertCuisine: CakeDifficulty: Medium


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This Chocolate Mocha Cake is the ultimate indulgence. A rich dark chocolate cake with a silky mocha Swiss meringue buttercream.


  • Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder sifted

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee hot

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • Mocha Buttercream:
  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature, cubed

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder dissolved in 1 tsp hot water, cooled

  • 3 oz dark chocolate chopped, melted, and cooled

  • Ganache Drip:
  • 3 oz dark chocolate

  • 3 oz heavy whipping cream


  • Chocolate Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350F, grease three 6″ round baking pans and dust with cocoa powder. Line bottoms with parchment.
  • Place all dry ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Stir to combine.
  • In a medium bowl whisk all wet ingredients (pour coffee in slowly as not to cook the eggs if very hot).
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and mix on medium for 2-3 mins. Batter will be very thin.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pans. I used a kitchen scale to ensure the batter is evenly distributed.
  • Bake until a cake tester comes out mostly clean. A total of 30-35mins.
  • Mocha Buttercream:
  • Place egg whites and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk until combined.*
  • Place bowl over a pot with 1-2″ of simmering water and stir constantly with a whisk until the mixture is hot and no longer grainy to the touch or reads 160F on a candy thermometer (about 3mins).
  • Place bowl on your stand mixer and whisk on med-high until the meringue is stiff and cooled (the bowl is no longer warm to the touch (approx. 5-10mins))
  • Switch to paddle attachment (optional). Slowly add cubed butter and mix until smooth.
  • Add vanilla, melted chocolate, and espresso powder. Whip until smooth.**
  • Ganache Drip:
  • Finely chop chocolate and place into a bowl. Bring cream just barely to a simmer and pour over chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 2 mins. Stir gently with a spatula until combined and smooth. Allow to cool and thicken slightly before using on cake.***
  • Assembly:
  • Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Top with approximately 2/3 cup of frosting and spread evenly. Repeat with remaining layers and apply a thin coat of frosting all over the cake. Chill for 20mins.
  • Frost and smooth the sides. Chill for 20mins.
  • Using a small spoon, place dollops of ganache around the top edges of the cooled cake, allowing some to drip down. Fill in the top of the cake with more ganache and spread evenly with an offset spatula.


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