Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that I LOVE chocolate and I think caramel is pretty tasty, too. My MIL subscribes to a magazine called “Midwest Living”, which is a lot like Southern Living just about the Midwest. This awesome looking cake was featured in one of these books and I knew I had to make it as soon as possible.
I think I have found my new favorite cake recipe because this is one of the best things that I have ever put in my mouth. I am not a coffee fan. Love the smell, hate the taste, so I have never been brave enough to try a chocolate cake recipe with brewed coffee as an ingredient. Coffee is included in this cake and now I know why so many recipes to include it. There wasn’t a strong coffee flavor, and the cake was so moist from it. This would make an awesome birthday cake or even a groom’s cake. It is that good!
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + a little extra for dusting the pans
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
Chocolate Frosting (see recipe)
1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
3/4 cup purchased caramel ice cream topping
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 9” cake pans by spraying with non-stick spray and dusting with extra cocoa powder. Then line them with wax paper circle. In a small bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk and cooking oil.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, beating with an electric mixer until combined. Gradually beat in hot coffee. Pour batter into prepared pans; spread evenly. Layers will appear thin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pans then turn the cake layers out of the pans to cool completely.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter
12 ounce package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces
1 – 2 teaspoons freshly brewed hot coffee
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and milk. Add butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add semisweet chocolate pieces. Using a wire whisk, mix until smooth. If frosting is too thick or grainy, stir in coffee.
Now here comes the fun part…
Place 1 cake layer, top-side down, onto a serving plate. Using an icing spatula or wide knife, frost the top of this layer with one-third of the frosting, pushing it out slightly from edges to make ripple or petal effect. Arrange one-third of the pecans on top and drizzle with 1/4 cup of the ice cream topping. Top with the second layer, top-side down. Repeat with frosting, pecans and caramel topping. Top with the third layer, right side up. Repeat with remaining frosting, pecans and caramel topping. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Just look at all that decadence. Mmmmm…wish I had a piece right now.