Make-You-Shake Mocha Cake Recipe

Was your birthday boy or girl born around October 31st? A Halloween birthday party is the perfect theme for an October birthday! From scary decor to a spider themed cake, your son or daughter will die for this mocha cobweb iced birthday cake.

Makes 4 (10-inch) layers


  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 3/4 cup unsifted cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons instantespresso
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs until the mixture is creamy. Add the vanilla and beat in the chocolate.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture, alternating with the sour cream. Add the flour and sour cream in three parts, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl following each addition. Dissolve the espresso in the lukewarm water. Slowly stir the dissolved espresso into the batter.

Use parchment paper to line two 10-inch cake pans. Greased and flour the parchment paper liners. Divide the batter into the two pans. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when touched lightly. Remove the cake pans from the oven and let them cool for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the cake layers from the pans and let them cool completely on a wire rack. Using a serrated knife, divide each cake into two layers. Frost the layers with

Cobweb Icing.

Excerpted from Serendipity Parties: Pleasantly Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining by Stephen Bruce with Sarah Key. Photos by Liz Steger. ©2008 Universe

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