Chocolate and Coffee Layer Cake with Chocolate Covered Strawberries Posted on 9 Aug 11:32 , 0 comments

Chocolate decadence!  This chocolate and coffee layer cake is sublime in it’s richness and depth of flavor.  The recipe was created by Sweet Things by Lizzie and reprinted here because we know a good thing when we see (and taste) one!  


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups best quality cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 2 teaspoons best quality vanilla
  • Organic fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate for the dipped strawberries

Dark chocolate buttercream

  • 8 ounces best quality baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon best quality vanilla
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. To make the chocolate dipped strawberries, wash and thoroughly dry the berries and set aside.  Leave the stems on for dunking purposes
  3. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a pyrex cup
  4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Dunk the berries into the melted chocolate and place them on the prepared sheet.  Place in the fridge while you make the cake
  5. To make the cake:   Butter and flour 2, 9 inch cake pans and line with parchment paper
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cocoa
  7. In a large pyrex cup, add milk, eggs, vanilla and oil
  8. Add the egg/milk/vanilla and oil mix to the flour mixture and stir until combined
  9. Heat the coffee for about a minute in the microwave
  10. Add the coffee to the ingredients and mix until just combined
  11. Divide the batter equally between the cake pans
  12. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the top springs back.  When the cakes are cool enough to handle, turn them out onto a baking rack, take the parchment off, and place them in the fridge while you make your frosting
  13. For the frosting:  beat the butter until it is soft and creamy
  14. Add the melted/cooled chocolate and beat until combined
  15. Slowly add the vanilla and confectioners sugar, alternately with the half and half until you achieve the desired consistency.  Add a pinch of salt to offset the sweetness

Makes one double layer cake.  Prep time: 30 minutes  Bake time: 25-30 minutes

Recipe and Photo reprinted with the permission of Sweet Things by Lizzie