Soft and moist chiffon cake that is deliciously infused with coffee flavor, this Mocha Cake is a delightful dessert that is perfect for any celebration or get-togethers.
When I was a kid, sheet cakes and rectangular cakes are more popular for celebrating birthdays than the circular ones. For large parties and feeding crowds, rectangular cakes are the best sizes because they can be sliced neatly into little squares-a serving just enough for an average dessert consumer.
And among all flavors, mocha cake has got to be the most popular one. Not too rich and with just the right note of coffee flavor, it has easily gained the “perfect birthday cake” title.
This mocha cake is moist and soft, but what makes it so delightful is the swiss meringue buttercream. This kind of icing is buttery and just appropriately sweet. Although Swiss meringue requires a little bit more technique in its process, I prefer it more than the American buttercream.
I like its texture and how the egg whites add to its silkiness and neutralize sweetness.
It is maybe more intimidating than making regular buttercream but Swiss meringue is nothing more than familiarizing and practice.
Pointers for Making Swiss Meringue Buttercream
- It requires a double boiler set up. I don’t have a double boiler nor have I ever seen one, but this DIY double boiler is what I always do whenever I make Swiss meringue. In setting this up, you have to make sure that the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl which you will put on top of the pot. Also, two things about the bowl: It should be heatproof and it should fit snugly on top of the pot.
- In the bowl, you will whisk the egg whites and the sugar together continuously. The mixture should turn from translucent and thin to opaque and thick. One important indicator that the mixture is ready is when the temperature reaches 160 F. This temperature needs to be reached and maintained for 3 more minutes to ensure that any bacteria in the egg whites will be get rid off.
- The mixture then will be transferred to the bowl of a stand mixer, where you will whisk it at high speed until it forms firm peaks and is cold to the touch.
- Once you add the softened butter, the mixture might turn curdly at first. Just continue whisking until it becomes fluffy and smooth. Add the coffee flavoring and whisk for a minute more. You can store this icing in a covered container at room temperature and use it the next day. If you would like to store it longer, keep it in the fridge for up to a week. To use, re-whip it until it becomes spreadable.
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- Mango Cake Roll
- Coffee Swiss Roll
- Mango Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
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Mocha Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
A delightfully flavored mocha cake that is moist, soft and moderately sweet.
For the Mocha Cake
- 7 large eggs separated
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsps instant coffee granules
- 1 tsp water hot
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
For the Mocha Swiss Meringue Buttercream
- 6 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 sticks softened butter
- 2 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp hot water
Make the Mocha Cake
Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of instant coffee powder in 1 teaspoon hot water. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until pale and slightly thicker. Whisk in the water, oil and the reserved coffee liquid. Stir everything until incorporated.
Gradually add the flour mixture and whisk until the mixture is smooth. In a bowl of a stand mixer (or use a handheld mixer), Whisk the egg whites and the cream of tartar until firm peaks form. Gently fold this meringue to the yolk batter in three additions using a rubber spatula. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. A toothpick inserted at the center of the cake should come out clean. Let cake cool slightly in the pan. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Make the Mocha Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Dissolve 2 tbsp coffee powder in 1 tbsp hot water and set aside to cool.
Make a double boiler set up: Bring a pot that is about 1/4 full with water to a simmer. Place a heatproof glass bowl that fits on top of the pot over it and add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl. Whisk the whites and sugar together continuously until is thick, opaque and the temperature reaches 160 F. Whisk it for 3 more minutes and turn off heat. This should take between 8-12 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to the bowl of stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, whisk the mixture using high speed until it forms firm peaks and the meringue is cold to the touch. Add the softened butter bit by bit. The mixture will be curdly at first and then it will turn to a smooth, fluffy buttercream. Add the coffee flavor and whisk for about a minute. Store buttercream in a tightly covered container overnight in a cool place or use immediately. You can refrigerate it if you are not using it for a couple of days, but you might have to re-whip it to get the spreading consistency.
Ice the cooled cake. Cake can be kept at room temperature for up to two days and should be refrigerated for longer storage.