Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

Amy Freeze


This cake recipe was written for my son to bake at the county youth fair. He was named a top 10 and auctioned it off for top dollar.


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3 c
3 c
all purpose flour
1 1/8 c
dark cocoa
2 1/4 tsp
baking powder
2 1/4 tsp
baking soda
1 1/2 tsp
1 tsp
espresso powder or instant coffee
1 1/2 c
3/4 c
vegetable oil
1 1/2 c
cold strong coffee
3 tsp
vanilla extract
15 oz
canned dulce de leche
1 c
1/2 c
1 Tbsp
meringue powder
2 Tbsp
2 tsp
2 lb
powdered sugar

How to Make Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake


  • 1For the cake:
    In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp salt, baking soda, baking powder, and espresso powder.
  • 2In a small bowl, combine eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla.
  • 3Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and blend on high for 2 minutes.
  • 4Whisk in cold coffee.
  • 5Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 6Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing cakes and cooling completely.
  • 7For the frosting:
    In a mixing bowl, combine butter, 3/4 c. dulce de leche, shortening, salt, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  • 8Add meringue powder and half of the powdered sugar. Blend on low until completely incorporated.
  • 9Add remaining powdered sugar and blend completely. Add milk as needed to loosen.
  • 10Turn mixer on high and whip for 4-5 minutes.
  • 11With a cake leveler or knife, removed domed top of each cake. Spread frosting evenly between the layers and over entire cake as a crumb coat. Refrigerate until set. Use remaining frosting to cover and decorate cake.
  • Microwave remaining dulce de leche and drizzle over cake. Decorate with additional chopped dark...
    12Microwave remaining dulce de leche and drizzle over cake. Decorate with additional chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips.

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About Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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