If you love coffee and chocolate, this gluten-free mocha cake is what you’ve been craving. With espresso blended into every layer, and dark chocolate ganache, you will be transported to dairy-free dessert heaven!
My husband loves coffee. Like, seriously loves coffee. We counted, and he owns eight different styles of coffee makers. EIGHT. They all reside in our kitchen, with the exception of the Espresso maker which has been in our basement since we moved into this house 10 years ago. He enjoys coffee in any form, too. Hot, cold, in ice cream, in coffee flour chocolate chip cookies, and definitely in this gluten-free mocha cake I made for his birthday.
While I like the the flavor of coffee in general, I don’t drink it. Too acidic. However, mix it with chocolate in a dessert, and a taste sensation happens. I wanted to toy with making a mayonnaise cake, I just knew that I had to incorporate coffee somehow. And not just a hint. This mayonnaise cake uses DeLallo’s Espresso Powder in every single layer. The dairy-free mocha buttercream in this cake is phenomenally good. Like, “skip the cake and pass me the spoon” good.
Oh yeah, did I mention that this cake is dairy-free? I was always intrigued by the idea of making a mayonnaise cake. (Before you gag, remember that mayonnaise is made from eggs and oil.) I realized Spicy Southern Kitchen’s recipe for Duke’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, which I based my gluten-free mocha cake on, contained no dairy. So I figured I’d go whole hog and attempt dairy-free frosting. I already mastered dairy-free chocolate ganache when I made my two-ingredient gluten-free donuts. Therefore I researched recipes on “the net” and came up with a foundation for a luscious mocha buttercream frosting.
So I added some softened coconut oil and shortening in my KitchenAid stand mixer, and got to whipping. (By the way, I finally bought my first one this past Christmas and now I can’t imagine how I cooked without it. Wonder how long it will take me to finally buy an Instant Pot or Vitamix?) I added the remnants of a bag of powdered sugar, about 200 grams. Then I crossed my finger that it would be “enough.” (By the way, remember to sift your sugar, or you’ll end up with lumpy frosting. And no one wants that.) I thinned it down with a bit of almond milk, and was amazed at how fluffy and DELICIOUS it tasted. Wowzer!
Now I’m going to pass on a lesson to you that I learned from my grandmother. She used to bake wedding cakes and she always FROZE them prior to frosting them. This helps the cake hold together and prevent crumbs from getting into the frosting. So I sliced my gluten-free mocha cake in half and froze it prior to making the frosting. If you don’t use the frosting immediately, it might thicken up. However, it will soften again between the layers of cake. Especially when it’s covered in that velvety ganache. Mmmm, chocolate.
Let’s talk about that ganache, shall we? This is my favorite ganache recipe in the whole world. One, it’s crazy easy. A simple one-to-one weight ratio of cream and chocolate. Two, I love using coconut cream because it comes in a can. I can buy it, keep it in the cupboard, and use it at the last minute without having to run to the store to get cream. Third, it makes the most amazing truffles if you have leftover ganache. You know, just a little sweet treat for yourself. That you don’t have to share. Wink, wink.
Speaking of sharing, this mayonnaise cake is a “small batch” cake. Made in a loaf pan, it’s meant for sharing with a small group of people. Or, to savor one piece at a time all week long. Waiting for you after a long day of work and after trying to meet everyone’s daily demands. Or is that just me? Anyway, I actually did share this gluten-free mocha cake with my husband’s family, for my husband’s 45th birthday. They loved every bite. So much so, that my brother-in-law totally forgot that it was “gluten-free.” That my friends, is #winning. By the way, if you need a egg-free mocha cake, try this recipe from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free.
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