Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

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Amy Freeze

By
@amyfreeze

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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Serves:
8-12
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

3 c
sugar
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
salt
1 tsp
espresso powder or instant coffee
3
eggs
1 1/2 c
milk
3/4 c
vegetable oil
1 1/2 c
cold strong coffee
3 tsp
vanilla extract
15 oz
canned dulce de leche
1 c
butter-softened
1/2 c
shortening
1 Tbsp
meringue powder
2 Tbsp
milk
2 tsp
salt
2 lb
powdered sugar

How to Make Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

Step-by-Step

  • 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.
  • 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