Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

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Amy Freeze

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@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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This chocolate cake is made to impress! The cake itself is tender and rich. Dark chocolate and espresso are perfectly paired in this cake. The coffee flavor is subtle. Alone, the cake is great but paired with the rich frosting you have a bakery-quality cake. The frosting is creamy and has a slight caramel flavor from the dulce de leche. It really adds richness to the frosting. This is actually an easy cake to make, but it does take some time. It would be perfect for a special occasion. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

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

Ingredients

  • CAKE

  • 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
  • 3 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c
    cold strong coffee
  • FROSTING

  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 15 oz
    canned dulce de leche
  • 1/2 c
    shortening
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp
    salt
  • 2 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    meringue powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    milk

How to Make Cubano Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake

Test Kitchen Tips
The frosting recipe is to ice the cake. If you want to pipe frosting you may have to make some extra.

Step-by-Step

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



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