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Espresso Chocolate Cake

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 2 boxes chocolate cake mix + required mix-ins oil, water, eggs
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder


  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 4- 5 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 Tbsp milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder


  • Chocolate shavings
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans



  • Combine each box of cake mix, ingredients called for on the box & 1 tbsp espresso powder per box mix & bake to package directions using 9" cake pans (you should have 4 layers when done)
  • Allow to cool to room temperature & then place in freezer overnight


  • In a medium bowl combine butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa, vanilla, milk, espresso powder & salt & beat for 5-7 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • You can add more confectioners sugar to thicken and stiffen up frosting or more milk to thin frosting out depending on use.


  • Take the first layer of cake & place on serving plate
  • Carefully slice the domed part of the cake off to make a flat layer
  • Place frosting in a large piping bag fitted with a wide round tip
  • Pipe frosting in concentric circles over the top of the cake - no need to smooth out
  • Add next layer on top of the frosting & level off the top the same way you did the first
  • Continue piping on frosting in between layers & adding more layers & leveling
  • Once you have assembled all your filled layers - pipe on frosting around the top & sides in thin lines.
  • Smooth out with an offset spatula - it's okay for this not to be completely covered, it's just the crumb coat
  • Return cake to the freezer & let freeze overnight
  • The next day, remove cake from freezer & add another layer of frosting in the same manner you did the crumb coat but making sure you have fully coated the entire cake
  • Top with chocolate shavings & chocolate covered espresso beans.
  • Store in the refrigerator but remove several hours before serving so the frosting softens
  • Enjoy!