Let me introduce you to my all-time favourite dessert – the Almond Mocha Cake. As a barista, I know a thing or two about coffee and that’s why this recipe is a must-try for any coffee lover out there. This cake is the perfect blend of rich, chocolatey goodness with a subtle hint of coffee that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Just imagine biting into a moist and fluffy sponge cake infused with the taste of mocha coffee and almonds. And on top of that, picture a smooth and creamy icing made with espresso buttercream layered with irresistible dark chocolate ganache. This cake’s almond fudge filling takes it to another level of indulgence.
The combination of these flavours creates an explosion in your mouth that you’ll never forget – trust me on this. Whether you’re serving it for a special occasion or making a special dessert just for yourself, this cake will never disappoint.
So, let’s get started on making this delightful treat! Follow along as I guide you through the steps of creating a masterpiece – the Almond Mocha Cake.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of cakes and love to experiment with different flavors, then the almond mocha cake recipe is for you. Indulge in the irresistible taste of the perfect fusion of almonds and coffee with every bite of this delicious cake. Trust me; it’s an escape to tranquility that your taste buds will thank you for.
This almond mocha cake has the perfect balance of sweetness with a hint of bitterness from coffee. Additionally, we have added Amaretto, a cherry almond liqueur, that infuses richness and depth to the flavor profile. The moist chocolate cake layers mimic your favorite cup of Mocha espresso while giving it a unique twist with the addition of nutty almonds.
Moreover, this recipe includes almond fudge and coffee flavored buttercream frostings. The creamy, smooth texture of the frostings will melt in your mouth, leaving behind a burst of flavors from almonds and coffee. Not to forget, the garnishing with white chocolate and toasted almonds is like icing on the top!
Believe me; this is what dreams are made of – a delightful treat for any occasion. Whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, or just any day, this almond mocha cake can make any moment special. So why wait? Try out this recipe, and I am confident that it will become your go-to dessert every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make a scrumptious Almond Mocha Cake:
For the Cake Layers
- Powdered sugar (1 cup)
- All-purpose flour (2 cups)
- Baking soda (1/2 tsp)
- Baking powder (1 tsp)
- Salt (1/2 tsp)
- Cocoa powder (1 cup)
- Unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (2 ounces)
- Dutch cocoa powder (2 tbsp)
- Mocha almond fudge creamer (1/2 cup)
- Margarine, softened (1/4 cup)
- Unsalted butter, softened (1/4 cup)
- Sugar (2 cups)
- Vanilla extract (2 tsp)
- Large eggs, room temperature (2)
For the Espresso Buttercream
- Unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces (3 cups)
- Powdered sugar, sifted (5 cups)
- Vanilla extract (1 tbsp)
- Amaretto liqueur or Kahlua coffee-flavored liqueur (4 tbsp)
- Milk or cream, as needed
For the Mocha Chocolate Ganache and Almond Topping
- Heavy cream (1 cup + 2 tbsp )
- Unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (8 ounces)
- Semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (1 cup)
- Cocoa powder, sifted (½ cup)
- Almonds Roca crunch, crushed (½ cup)
- White chocolate squares , chopped + heavy cream (6 oz + ½cup)
These ingredients are enough to make a single 9-inch round layer cake, but feel free to adjust accordingly if you’d like to make a bigger one!
The Recipe How-To
Now, onto the most exciting part – baking our delicious Almond Mocha Cake! Be sure to preheat your oven to 350°F and gather all necessary ingredients. This recipe will make 3 cake layers so prepare 3 round 9-inch pans by buttering the bottoms and lining them with parchment paper.
Step 1: Making the Sponge Cake
First, we’ll create the sponge cake, which will be used for the base of our Almond Mocha Cake. Start by combining 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients together until fully combined.
Step 2: Preparing the Mocha Almond Fudge
Now it’s time to make the star of our cake – the mocha almond fudge! In a separate bowl, melt 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate together with 1 tablespoon of margarine/butter over low heat. Once melted, add in ½ cup of Amaretto and keep stirring until everything is fully combined.
Next, mix together 1 and ¼ cups of sugar, ½ cup of margarine/butter, and two large eggs in a separate bowl. Once mixed, add in your melted chocolate mixture from before and stir until fully incorporated.
Step 3: Combining The Batter
It’s time to bring everything together! Slowly add in your dry ingredients from step one into your wet batter from step two – make sure to mix everything thoroughly.
Finally, add in ½ cup of sour cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 cup of brewed coffee (or espresso) to complete our Almond Mocha Cake batter.
Step 4: Baking The Cake Layers
Distribute the batter evenly across your prepared cake pans. Bake them for around 25 minutes until the cake springs back when pressed lightly. Once they’re done, let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the pans and placing them onto wire racks.
Step 5: Creating The Almond Coffee Flavored Cake Layers
For added texture and flavor, we’ll create Almond Coffee Flavored Cake – this will be used to layer our Almond Mocha Cake. This is a simple step: Add around 1 cup of almond roca into your Sponge Cake batter.
Once mixed pour the batter into another prepared 9-inch cake pan and bake for around 25 minutes at 350°F.
Step 6: Making The Ganache Mocha
To make the Ganache Mocha, simply mix together 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua), and 2 tablespoons of butter in a pot over low heat. Stir everything together until fully melted and combined. Let it cool for a few minutes before spreading onto
Substitutions and Variations
As an expert barista and connoisseur of coffee-flavored desserts, I know that everyone has their own unique taste buds. That’s why I wanted to offer some suggestions for substitutions and variations to make this almond mocha cake recipe truly your own.
If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, try substituting the all-purpose flour with a blend of gluten-free flours such as almond or coconut flour. Or, if you prefer a denser texture, consider using cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.
For those who are dairy-free or vegan, swap out the butter with margarine, vegan butter or coconut oil. Alternatively, you can use almond milk in place of dairy-based milk to create a delicious dairy-free variation.
If you are interested in enhancing the coffee notes in this recipe, you could add additional espresso powder or use a stronger coffee blend. Alternatively, for those who prefer less coffee flavor, reduce the amount of instant espresso powder to adjust to your liking.
As for garnishes and toppings, try adding crushed almond roca candy on top of the ganache mocha frosting or try making a white chocolate ganache with almond extract to replace the traditional dark chocolate ganache. Another variation is adding sliced almonds on top of the frosting to bring out that nutty flavor.
By experimenting with different substitutions and variations, your almond mocha cake can truly become your own creation that reflects your personal taste buds!
Serving and Pairing
The almond mocha cake is a delightful treat that can be served and paired with a variety of things. To start with, you can garnish your finished cake with powdered sugar, cocoa powder or some almond roca candy for a more decadent and classy look.
To take the pairing to the next level, consider serving this dessert with a steaming cup of coffee or espresso as both complement each other perfectly. The almond mocha flavor really comes alive in this pairing.
If you prefer something more refreshing, try serving this cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. Since this a rich dessert, the cold ice cream or whipped cream adds a nice balance to the sweetness of the cake.
If you’re celebrating someone’s special day, decorate the cake with candles and make it a birthday cake! The celebrant will have an unforgettable moment while indulging in every slice of this delicious cake.
For extra flair, you can also add chocolate ganache or top it with swirled chocolate to create a more luxurious effect. The creamy ganache and swirls of chocolate will make your cake look even more enticing.
In summary, the almond mocha cake is such a versatile treat that goes well with many different pairings. Whether it’s served with coffee or topped with ice cream, this dessert recipe will surely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
I have some great news for you – this almond mocha cake can be made ahead of time and stored for later! Perfect if you’re planning to bring it to a party, or if you just want to get organized in advance.
To make the cake ahead of time, bake the layers and let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container. You can keep the layers at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze them for up to a month.
If frozen, make sure to remove from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature before frosting and serving.
When it comes to reheating the cake, there are a few different ways to go about it depending on what equipment you have available. If possible, I recommend reheating the cake in the oven for the best results.
To do this, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Then, wrap the cake tightly in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until heated through – this should take around 10-15 minutes.
If you don’t have access to an oven, you can also reheat individual slices of cake in the microwave. Simply place a slice on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 15-20 seconds.
And finally, if you have any leftover cake that you don’t plan on eating right away, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just be sure to bring it back to room temperature before serving for best results.
With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your delicious almond mocha cake whenever you want – whether it’s freshly baked or reheated from storage.
Tips for Perfect Results
As a barista and coffee enthusiast, I know that details can make all the difference when it comes to creating the perfect cup of coffee. The same is true for baking, especially when making a complex and delicious dessert like Almond Mocha Cake. To help you achieve perfect results every time, here are some tips that I have learned from my years of experience as a baker:
First, be sure to measure your ingredients carefully. Baking is a science, and even small deviations from the recipe can result in a very different outcome. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure that you have the right amount of flour, sugar, and other ingredients, especially since this recipe involves so many components.
Second, make sure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before you begin baking your cake. An oven preheated to 350°F ensures excellent results for this Almond Mocha Cake recipe.
Third, don’t overmix your batter. Mix just until combined for best results when mixing the cake layers, almond fudge mixture, ganache mocha filling and espresso buttercream frosting.
Fourth, use high-quality coffee or espresso powder to ensure that the flavor of your Almond Mocha Cake is excellent.
Fifth, don’t rush the cooling process. Let each layer cool down completely before assembling the cake with layers of fudge, ganache and frosting to prevent any structural issues within the cake layers.
Sixth, store the almond mocha cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life but always bring it back to room temperature before serving.
By following these tips and taking a little extra care with each step of the process, you’ll be able to make an absolutely stunning Almond Mocha Cake that’s sure to impress anyone who takes a bite!
In conclusion, this Almond Mocha Cake recipe is the perfect dessert for coffee and chocolate lovers. With its rich flavor and moist texture, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering or event.
By following the step-by-step instructions and helpful tips provided in this article, you can easily make this decadent cake from scratch. And with the many substitution and variation options available, you can experiment with different flavors to make it truly your own.
So go ahead – indulge in a slice (or two!) of this delicious cake. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just because, this almond mocha fudge cake is the ultimate treat that everyone will enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Start baking today!
Almond Mocha Cake Recipe
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1 1/4 cups strong coffee
- 1/2 cup margarine or 1/2 cup butter
- 1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Amaretto or 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- powdered sugar
- Heat oben to 325*F.
- Generously grease 12-cup bundt or 10-inch tube pan.
- Gently press almonds in bottom and half way up sides of greased pan.
- In medium sauve pand over low heat, warm coffe.
- Add margarine and chocolate chips; cook until mixture is smooth, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat; stir in sugar and amaretto.
- Place in large bowl; cool 5 minutes.
- At low speed, gradually blend flour and baking soda into chocolate mixture until moistened.
- Add vanilla and eggs; beat at meduim speed about 30 seconds or just until well blended.
- Pour into greased and nut-lined pan.
- Bake at 3258F for 60 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool upright in pan 25 minutes; invert onto seving plate.
- Cool completely; sprinkle with powered sugar.
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