Chocolate mocha cake

This entry is dedicated to my friend Estrella.  It is her birthday today, and even though I live in Japan, I think a combo of things including me starting to cook/bake and really love it, have brought us closer together…FOREVER.  I miss her very much, even though I would venture to guess that since she has been studying for bar exams I wouldn’t see her if I was in the states anyways.  This is from my little apt in boonie Japan to whatever batcave you are studying in!  Hope this brightens your day.  ❤

chocolate mocha cake
look at the photo below for the caption i would have written
wishing estrella happy birthday
WAHOOO!!! Party here in Japan. Thanks Dave, Lia & Celia for celebrating too.

Sap story ended, back to the cake!  This was my first time trying a coffee/chocolate thing.  I even made coffee frosting to go with it!  Pretty easy considering all you need is just one bowl to mix everything in!  Adapted from All Recipes.

Chocolate mocha cake

Prep time: 30 minutes                Baking time: 40-45 minutes              Servings: 8-10

Budget for ingredients: ¥1000


1 big bowl
Electric mixer
Toaster oven


For the cake:
2 c  flour
2 c sugar
2/3 c cocoa powder
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk *
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 T instant coffee powder
1 c hot water

For the frosting:

2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c butter, room temperature
3 T coffee
1 t vanilla extract
5 T milk

* Special note: Like I said before, make your own buttermilk with this recipe.


1. Put all ingredients except for coffee and hot water into a bowl.

2. Add coffee to hot water and then add to mixture.

3. Use electric mixer to blend until smooth.

4.  Put half of the batter in a pan in the toaster oven for 20 minutes at 140 C.

5.  After the first layer is done, let it rest for 10 minutes and cool down before removing it from the pan.  Repeat for second half of batter.

6. Beat together all ingredients for the frosting and spread it on.  If the frosting is too solid, add in more milk.  Decorate with whatever chocolate pieces or chocolate snacks you can find.


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