Caramel Mocha Chocolate Cake
I have been wanting to make a coffee-y cake for some time now. And I love my coffee beverages with caramel. My drink of choice at Starbucks is a caramel frappuccino. That whipped cream with caramel on top – I die. So I guess you could say this Caramel Mocha Chocolate Cake is inspired by that delightful little drink. 🙂
But before I dive too much into the cake and get lost, we have to celebrate!
What are we celebrating? It’s the hubs and I’s 5 year wedding anniversary today! Five years ago today, I was getting ready to marry my high school sweetheart (we’ve been together since we were 17) and party the night away! Can I go back?
It was seriously the most fun day ever. Some people say they never want to plan another wedding after theirs is over, but I planned ours with my mom and I tell you – we’d easily do again. SO fun! The designer side of me loved everything about it. I’d plan your wedding, if you let me.
I actually have a link to a part of our wedding video I can share if you’d like to see. I love, love, love watching our wedding video! Crown Alley Films is THE BEST there is and he travels. Just sayin’.
We watch it together every year and one of our favorite parts is re-watching the ceremony. It’s funny how much more the vows and what was said during the ceremony means now that we’ve been through a few years of marriage. That has become the hubs and I’s favorite part of weddings.
I wish the clip was the part of me and the hubs when we were talking photos because it’s so cute and fun. But the one that was posted online focuses on my mom and I. If you want to see it, here’s the link. I warn you though – it’s a lot of me. Which is kind of embarrassing. Yet, I love it anyway.
So anyways, now that we know why we are celebrating, let’s get to the cake. I actually made a little single layer replica of our cake for our anniversary last year. So I kept it simple this time around.
The chocolate cake used in this recipe is my absolute favorite and if you try it, you will never make another chocolate cake. It’s amazing.
Plus I put a little hidden surprise in there for you – Kahlua. I can’t decide if I like Baileys or Kahlua better, but Kahlua found it’s way into this cake. It’s subtle, but there.
The filling is a wonderful caramel icing. I could live off of caramel icing.
And the icing is full of coffee. Which means that you can totally have this cake for breakfast. It’ll be your caffeine. You’re welcome.
Together, they make a stellar combo that we couldn’t get enough of. Yum!
So now it’s time to make the cake! We have to celebrate after all. 🙂
Caramel Mocha Chocolate Cake
- Yield: 10-12 Servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup kahlua
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
- 2 tbsp instant espresso coffee
- 4 tbsp water
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE CAKE LAYERS:
TO MAKE THE CARAMEL FROSTING:
TO MAKE THE COFFEE ICING:
TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
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