Mocha Dream Cake

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 1 hrs
Cook Time: 40 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 10 to 12 servings

Description

A finalist in the 2001 Nestlé Toll House "Share the Very Best" recipe contest, this dessert was submitted by Jennifer Lee Kalos of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Created in honor of her father's birthday, this delicious chocolate- and coffee-flavored cake and sweet, creamy mocha frosting is perfect for every family's celebrations.

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon NESCAFÉ TASTER'S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 cup NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Powdered Coffee Creamer
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups (8 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • FROSTING
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon NESCAFÉ TASTER'S CHOICE House Blend 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 2 pkgs. (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch-round cake pans.

FOR CAKE:
COMBINE
water and Taster’s Choice in medium bowl. Stir in Coffee-mate with wire whisk. Combine 1 2/3 cups flour and baking soda in another medium bowl. Microwave 1 1/3 cups morsels and vegetable oil in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Add coffee mixture, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, vinegar and vanilla extract to melted morsels; mix with wire whisk. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. (Batter will be thin.) Pour 3 1/4 cups batter into medium bowl; stir in remaining flour. Pour into prepared pans.

BLEND cocoa into remaining batter with wire whisk until blended. Slowly pour even amounts of cocoa batter into the center of each pan. (Cocoa batter will spread evenly outward from center.)

BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cake with frosting between layers and on top and side of cake.

FOR FROSTING:
MICROWAVE
2/3 cup morsels and butter in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Combine Taster’s Choice and water in small bowl. Beat cream cheese and coffee mixture into melted morsels. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until mixture reaches spreading consistency. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

great cake

by r. , glenview, il on May. 2010

i made this cake for a birthday at work for a friend that loves coffee. it was a big hit! very moist, and no one could pick what they liked the best, each layer and the frosting were DELISH!

Loved this cake!

by E. Elaine , Raymond, IL on Mar. 2010

I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. It baked up perfect and looked just like the picture. Everyone in the family--that likes coffee, loved it! The blend of flavors--coffee--chocolate is wonderful. I could not keep out of this cake--I had to share it with friends(and they loved it too) before I ate the whole thing!

Great flavor.

by S. Stefanie , on Jul. 2009

I really love the flavor of this cake, because it is the perfect blend of coffee and rich chocolate. The cake is very moist and the frosting is the perfect topping. This is great for parties.

A better, cheaper suggestion

by G. , Muskogee, OK on Sep. 2008

After making two of these cakes for a friend, I found a simpler idea. Buy a box of chocolate cake mix and add a tablespoon of instant coffee, then just use this frosting mix. That's my next plan, the cake is chocolate like in this recipe, only mocha part is really the frosting. The ingredients cost too much to make regularly unless you're a yuppie.

Best Coffee/chocolate cake ever

by M. , Connor Twp,Maine on Aug. 2008

I am a nescafe coffee lover, have been for years, so when I found this recipe I could not wait to try it and to add a cream cheese frosting to it. What can I say, but that it is sinfully good.What a special treat, but save it for yourself, to good to serve it to others unless you want to make brownie points.

for coffee lovers

by p. payne , HAGERSTOWN, MD on Jan. 2007

Nothing against anyone that submitted a review of this cake, but I would say that this cake was ok but I think that it is meant more for coffee lover's more than the average-joe like myself. I would however say that the icing would be nice on a moist chocolate cake but the cake itself, I give it a 5 out of 10. Icing was much better I would say a 7.

Sweet dreams

by S. Sara , Camillus, NY on Dec. 2006

I made this cake for Thanksgiving and what a hit it was at my mother in laws with all of her coffee drinking friends!!! It was easy to make and baked up very nicely.

Great cake

by D. Debra , OAK LAWN, IL on May. 2005

My family loved this cake, especially my husband. He says its his new favorite.

Really good

by A. Adelaida , MIAMI, FL on Mar. 2005

the tasty is so good, my family and friends loved...

Dream

by W. Wanda , OAKHURST, CA on Feb. 2005

This cake is fun to make and good.