Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bake Along #25 - Anniversary Chocolate Coffee Kahlua Layered Cake (Barefoot Contessa)

Wow! How time flies! Bake Along is 1!

It has been a joyous experience to be able to take part in this event
Thank you to the hosts, Joyce, Lena and Zoe for the wonderful idea and the continuous effort and making superb recipe choices :)
Great experience to meet many new friends sharing the same passion, learning together doing what we love... Isn't it just wonderful?
It is so coincident that today, 29 May, is my 8th wedding anniversary :)

So, for these two wonderful events, I baked this chocolate coffee cake from Ina Garten which has made me salivating when I saw Zoe and Kit baked this cake
Agree with them, this cake is superb!
Moist, fine texture, chocolatey, the sweetness is just right, the coffee fragrant is a plus point and I added with a hint of kahlua, it's a pleasant bonus :)
I used Valrhona cocoa which makes the chocolate cake tastes so much better :)
Another pleasant surprise is the buttercream
It's so smooth, creamy and yummy! Really a keeper!
And another plus point - which is my favorite, it's relatively easy to make!

What you need:

For the cake:

210g plain flour
400g caster sugar
3 eggs
85g Valrhona cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
250ml buttermilk
125ml vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 cup hot coffee (I used 3 tsp Nescafe instant coffee powder mixed with 250ml hot water)
1 tbsp kahlua
  1. Preheat oven to 180degC
  2. Grease 2 x 20cm round pans, line with parchment paper and butter + flour the pans
  3. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl
  4. Mix buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl
  5. With mixer on low speed, add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
  6. Still on low speed, add in coffee and kahlua, stir just to combine, scrap the bottom occasionally
  7. Pour batter into pans, bake for approximately 45 minutes, til skewer comes out clean
  8. Cool in pans for 30 minutes, turn onto cooling rack, cool completely
  9. Place 1 layer, flat on top, spread frosting on top, place second layer on top, rounded side up, spread frosting all over cake as desired
For the frosting:

(I made 1/2 of the recipe below and it's sufficient)
170g chopped dark chocolate (70%)
226g unsalted butter, room temperature
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp instant coffee powder, dissolve in 2 tsp hot water
1 tsp kahlua
  1. Melt chocolate over a pan of simmering water, stir til just melted, let cool completely
  2. Beat butter on medium high speed til yellow and fluffy - approximately 3 minutes
  3. Add in egg yolk and vanilla, continue beating for another 3 minutes
  4. Turn mixer to low speed, gradually add icing sugar, beat in medium speed, scraping down the bowl if needed, til smooth and creamy
  5. In low speed, add chocolate and coffee, as well as kahlua to the butter mixture, mix til blended
  6. Spread immediately on cooled cake
I'm linking this to Cook Like A Star blog hop event, hosted by Zoe, featuring Barefoot Contessa as the celebrity chef for the month of May

Happy anniversary to Bake Along, also to me and my dear hubby XOXO

Below is more layered cake from other Bake Along friends....


  1. Hi Alice,
    First of all 'HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND HUBBY"!!! Your cake looks beautiful as well as delicious! Thank you for your constant support in Bake-Along! We really appreciate you baking along with us! Baking together sure is fun, I always look forward to see the posts and everyone's wonderful bakes! Thank you, Alice and Cheers to you, here's to another year of great baking together!
    P/s : Going for some romantic dinner tonight? :)

    1. hi Joyce, thanks :)
      thks to the idea of the event too, such a brilliant idea :)
      hhhmmm... still waiting for the time for us to have a romantic dinner for just the 2 of us without kids tagging along LOL

  2. Happy 8th anniversary Alice, Semoga bahagia selalu. keren cake nya.. have a great anniversary day.. ;)

    1. hi Melly thks ya, for the wish and the compliment :)

  3. Happy Anniversary Alice! Gorgeous cake you've got there. Colour and texture looks beautiful. Enjoy your special day dear!

    1. thks Anuja for the wish and the compliment :)

  4. Alice...happy anniversary! Chocolate cake! My fav :) I luv the way u frosted the cake :)

    1. hi Peng, thks :)
      oh the frosting style is for those who can't frost smoothly, like me LOL

  5. hi alice, Happy wedding anniversary!! i totally agree that apart from sharing our baking experience here, we also made lots of baking friends. Thank you so much for your continuous support, really appreciate that. I just love how your cake looks, so pretty and girlie!!

    1. hi Lena, thks :)
      thks for hosting the event, so glad I can join :)

  6. Happy Anniversary Alice! WOW! This chocolate cake looks awesome and the decoration is very pretty :)

    1. hi Ann, thanks :)
      for both the wish and the comment :)

  7. Happy Anniversary! Your cake is beautiful ! Your hubby and kids sure like it :)

    1. hi Vivian, thks :)
      oh yes, this cake is so well loved by the whole family :)

  8. Your cake is so nice...You made some effort in playing the fondant. happy Anniversary to you and your hubby too. I haven't submit mine...

    1. hi Angeline, thanks :)
      í'm sure yours will be fantastic :)

  9. A beautiful cake to celebrate a joyous occasion:) Happy anniversary to you and your hubby.

  10. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMay 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Hi Alice, happy 8th anniversary! Your cake looks great.

  11. Such cute cake~

    And happy anniversary to you and your hubby!

  12. Hi Alice, Happy Anniversary! This looks lovely, I would like to try this as it uses oil rather than butter.

    1. hi Mich, thanks :)
      hope u like this cake as much as I do :)

  13. Happy Anniversary! Great way to celebrate.

  14. This cake looks so slavating and lovely.

    1. thanks Yan :)
      this cake is indeed so irresistable :)

  15. Alice, this cake is so cute!! I bet it will be e kids fav:))

  16. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Wow! 8 years of being together... your hubby must be so proud of you being his "chosen" one :D

    So happy that this chocolate cake recipe works well for you too! Yours looks very moist and chocolaty :D

    1. hi Zoe, thanks :)
      thks for hosting the event, so grateful :)
      this cake is a real keeper and oh the buttercream, i am 1000% agree that it's so heavenly!



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