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I know this cakes looks exactly like the coffee one I had made for my son`s birthday, but it`s really not... hehe... It looks similar though. This one is mocha flavored and the icing on this cake is a little bit darker than the coffee cake. That`s because cocoa powder is one of the ingredients.
My youngest son didn`t really like the coffee cake cause he just doesn`t like coffee. He`s the only one in the family that doesn`t like coffee flavored anything... Lol
So I asked him if he would like a mocha flavored one where there would be more of a chocolate flavor and lesser of the coffee. He said yes so I went on a hunting mission looking for a promising recipe. Not long after starting my search, I actually was able to find one.
I like cakes that are not dense. I prefer cakes that have the exact same texture as you would find in Asian bakeries or as close as possible. I already have a great recipe for that and I can actually tweak it to my liking to turn it into a cake flavor of my choice. But I chose the easy way out for now cause if I mess up, I would be the one devouring the cake..lol
Since I already have all the ingredients on hand, I decided to give it a try. It was great timing too. If this cake was a success, I could use it to celebrate the New Year. Which of course it was a success.
My son`s verdict... He loves it and request this for his next birthday. Well which is a long way from now... Hahaha
I really like the cake too. It`s not too overly sweet. And it actually tastes like mocha. I`ve bought mocha cakes before from bakeries but the taste just doesn`t quite hit it off for me. This one, the balance on the coffee flavor and chocolate is just right. But each person has their own preference but this one is just right for me. I altered the recipe a bit because I didn`t like the frosting that was used. I preferred whipped cream.
So let me share this recipe with you.
For the cake you need :
83 g cake flour
70 g sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 Tb coffee powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c plus 2 Tb corn oil
1/3 c milk
1/8 c plus 1 Tb water
4 eggs separated
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
100 g sugar
For the frosting:
2 c whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tb cocoa powder
6 Tb sugar
2 Tb instant coffee powder
Preheat oven to 350. Separate the eggs. Mix some of the water into the coffee to dissolve it. Set aside. Put 79 g sugar into the yolks and beat until it turns pale yellow. Then add the coffee and mix well. Then add the milk and the corn oil and mix well. Then add the flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix. Set aside.
In a separate bowl with the egg whites, add the cream of tartar. Beat until it becomes frothy. Then begin to add the 100 g sugar a little at a time, in three additions. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk batter in three additions. Pour the batter into two or one 9` lined round baking pans. Bake for 20-22 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
** the reason I said one or two pans is because I separated the batter myself into two pans and the cake came out not as tall as I`d like. But at least I didn`t have to slice the cake in the middle to make a two layer cake.
For the whipping cream. Pour some of the whipping cream to dissolve the coffee. Then add that back into the rest of the whipping cream along with the sugar and vanilla and beat until soft peaks. Ice and enjoy the cake.
I think next time I make this, I`m gonna need to double the cake recipe. Not the icing, just the cake. The cake when filled and iced, came to be about half the height of the cake I usually make which is like the ones you find at bakeries. But if left alone, this is great cake that serves a few people. If you don`t like a lot of frosting then you might want to reduce the whipping cream recipe in half. I also tried a recipe for homemade piping gel to write on the cake but I didn`t like this one. Back to the drawing board die the piping gel.
Hope you enjoy.