Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chocolate and Coffee Cake with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Cakes and flowers and cards and gifts. Yes it's Birthday time. It was my husband's birthday yesterday and me and my son made sure he had a good one. Birthdays comes with lot of excitement. Lot of brain storming for the gifts, party or no party, meals at home or go to some restaurant, what flavor of cake and so on. Gift part became easy this time as he himself decided what he wanted and so it was. It was a weekend, so we had enough time to celebrate. Now the most important, the cake. After I have started baking, all the cakes that we eat are made by me. But after I have started to blog, one thing has gone wrong. I do not want to repeat the same thing again. It should always have to be something new and exciting. Chocolate and coffee are our favorite flavors for desserts and they are a match made in heaven and I haven't tried the combination yet in a cake. So without any second thought, I decided to make a chocolate and coffee cake.

Everything went perfect. Card made by Bhavye, flowers that I got, birthday song played by Bhavye on guitar,cutting that moist and soft and dreamy chocolate espresso cake, and then spending the entire day hopping from here and there, eating a lunch buffet and then ice cream in the evening, followed by a cuppa and a simple meal of banana leaf. Mohit was happy and so were we. I got a book as a return gift ( My self made norm ) which I wanted for a long time and I love Mohit to remember it and order it for me.

Coming to the cake. If you love coffee and if you love chocolate, this cake is a sure shot hit. Soft, moist and very chocolaty, this cake recipe is a keeper. The satiny and smooth Chocolate Swiss meringue butter cream was the perfect frosting for this layer cake . So here is the recipe.

All you need is

For the cake

All purpose flour - 1 and 1\4 cup
Baking powder - 1\2 tsp
Baking soda - 1\4 tsp
Cocoa powder - 1\4 cup
Salt - 1\4 tsp
Instant coffee powder - 1 tbsp
Unsalted butter - 1\2 cup ( softened )
Powdered sugar - 1 cup
Egg - 2
Buttermilk - 1\2 cup ( If buttermilk is not available, add 3-4 lemon drops in milk and keep for 5 minutes )
Vanilla extract - 1\2 tsp

For soaking syrup

Water - 1\4 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Instant coffee powder - 1 tsp ( you can use vanilla extract or any liqueur )

For the Chocolate Swiss Meringue Butter cream

Egg white - 3
Sugar - 1 cup
Unsalted butter - 225 gm ( softened )
Melted chocolate - 125 gm
Vanilla extract -1 \2 tsp

Method of preparation

For the cake

Grease and dust an 8 inch pan.
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and coffee powder in a bowl.
Beat sugar and butter in a bowl till light and fluffy.
Add egg one at a time.
Mix nicely after each addition.
Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix.
Add buttermilk and mix till combined.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix till combined.
Pour the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, till a tooth pick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
Transfer the cake on a cooling rack and cool.

For the soaking syrup

Heat water and sugar till sugar is dissolved.
Add instant black coffee or whichever flavoring you are adding.

For the Chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream

Heat egg whites and sugar in a steel bowl over a pot of simmering water.
The water should not touch the bottom of the pan and it should be only simmering not boiling.
Heat until the mixture feels a little warm to touch and is smooth to touch.
Keep whisking continuously.
Turn off the heat and whisk the mixture with a whisk attachment with your blender.
Whisk till the meringue triples in volume and the bowl is at room temperature.
Add butter about 2 tbsp at a time with the machine running.
Mix until all the butter is incorporated.
Add vanilla extract and mix.
Add the melted chocolate and mix till combined.
Keep scraping the sides of the bowl.

Assembling the cake

Divide the cake into 2 layers.
Keep one layer on the serving plate and brush it with half of the soaking syrup.
Pour 1 cup of frosting on this layer and spread evenly.
Cover the frosting with another layer of cake.
Brush this layer with the remaining soaking syrup.
Pour the remaining frosting to top and cover the cake.
Refrigerate for a little while if the frosting is too soft.
Decorate as you want.


  1. Beautiful cake Neha :) love every single detail of the cake and the way you have planned the day. Those cute chocolate hearts ;-) Shows the much love you have for your other half. I am sure he had one ball of a time... reminds me there is a birthday for husband this month phew I am doing the brain storming for the past month :-) my heart wishes to your husband

  2. cake looks so gorgeous Neha. belated bday wishes for your man
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  3. Happy Birthday to your husband! What a lovely celebration and incredible cake! Just perfect! xx

  4. Cake looks really wonderful. Very creative decoration on cake. Happy birthday to ur hubby.

  5. Such a delight just looking at the cake....what a treat to have it!!!!

  6. gorgeous!!!!!!
    thanks for sharing !!!
    The best for your husband from Bucarest!!!!

  7. Its really a gorgeous cake, well explained and mindblowing decoration.. Cant take my eyes from ur pictures.

  8. Wonderful nd so nice it luks...loved ir clicks nd the collar decor s jst superb!

  9. Wow what a beautiful cake,I am sure it tasted as awesome as it looks.

  10. Such a beautiful cake Neha. Looks really moist and the chocolate lace is so neatly done. Birthday wishes to your husband. I am sure he had a great day with all the lovely gifts from you and your son
    Shema | LifeScoops

  11. In love with your blog!!! What a beautiful cake!!!!
    Can you please explain the bit about buttermilk?? How exactly can I make it?

  12. Beautiful cake and lovely decoration.


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