Twelve Layer Mocha Cake

If you have anyone to impress, this is the cake to use. Unless of course they don’t like coffee or chocolate. I made this for Christmas Eve last year and it was requested as a birthday cake again in February. It is time consuming, but there are some do-ahead things and it’s really quite simple. One thing that I love about it is that it’s not frosted or at all finished on the edges, so it’s very easy to sneak off a piece to “sample” before you serve it, or else you can easily cut it in two to use for two separate occasions (provided they’re within a day or two of each other).

I have to apologize because the picture does not do it justice at all, but I had no time to do an “artsy shoot” because everyone was hungry!

I will add that this recipe makes the best buttercreams that I have ever tasted. The two are simply amazing and it’s very tempting to just pipe them into martini glasses and serve them with a spoon and maybe some berries or something for garnish. I have always hated buttercreams, but now I am a true believer, even if it does take a half hour of standing in front of your KitchenAid putting in one tablespoon of butter at a time!


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