Memorial Day Treat – Chocolate Cake

Cafe Latte’s Chocolate Cake

This is a guest blog by The Kid Friendly Home.

This is all Cafe Latte’s triumph.  I have nothing to add or take away.  This cake is moist and rich and decadent.  I am just bragging that I can make it too.  And so can YOU! 🙂

Here’s the recipe, straight from Cafe Latte’s Website:

Cake Ingredients:

•1 Egg.

•2/3 cup Vegetable oil. •1 cup Buttermilk. •2 cups Flour. •1 3/4 cups Sugar.

•1/2 cup Good quality cocoa. •1 tsp. Salt. •1 tbsp. Baking soda. •1 cup Hot coffee

Frosting: •1/2 cup Milk. •1 cup Sugar. •6 tbsp. Butter •2 cups Good-quality semisweet chocolate chips. •3/4 cup Caramel. •1 1/2 cups Toasted pecans.

Prepare oven and pans: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 (9-inch) cake pans. Cover each bottom with disk of parchment paper.

To make cake: In bowl, combine egg, oil and buttermilk. In large separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry until well mixed. Gradually add hot coffee. Scrape batter into prepared pans.

To bake cake: Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cake rest in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool.

To make frosting: Mix sugar and milk in saucepan. Add butter. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips to pan. Using wire whisk, mix until smooth. If frosting is too thick or grainy, add 1 or 2 teaspoons hot coffee.

To assemble cake:

Place one cooled cake layer, top-side down, on cake plate. Spread with one-third of frosting, pushing it out gently from edges to make a petal effect. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans, Drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel. Add next layer, again top-side down. Repeat frosting and sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans and drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel. And final layer top-side up, frost with petal effect and finish with remaining pecans and caramel.

And it’s even more exciting adorned with birthday initials for family celebrations…


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About Lindsey Wold 7 Articles is written by Sarah Lundgren and me. We are stay-at-home moms, and we love our jobs. We each have four children, within 5 years of each other. We are not experts at multitasking, but we are gaining experience as we go. We try not to cry over spilled milk or smeared peanut butter. We try to encourage and challenge our kids to create and explore. We know a few nutritious meals our kids will eat. We have a few ideas for minimizing the mess and effort but maximizing the fun. Lindsey has a background in studio art, art education, worked in group travel, taught swimming lessons, and is now a certified personal trainer. Sarah has a background in elementary education, music, and a bit of grad work in literacy education with experience as an elementary teacher and piano teacher. Our desire is to encourage other parents to enjoy time with their kids. Through our own journeys so far, we have come up with a few ideas for making a home kid-friendly. We hope you can use some of them too.