Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too! This is a wonderful cake, fun to make and of course delicious too!

Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

I wanted to create a cake which would taste just like a latte coffee, and one which would look pretty, but not overly fancy and fussy. With every bite, you get a taste of vanilla milkiness, combined with a gentle coffee flavour, and a hit of chocolate. So the result is a chocolate latte marble cake! 

The vanilla cream frosting in the middle and on the outside of the cake adds to a wonderful creaminess and when all combined in your mouth, well... it really is just like drinking a latte coffee! I tried a slice with a cup of freshly brewed latte coffee and oh my goodness, take a bit of cake and then a sip of coffee and you will appreciate just how lovely the cake is!

Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

This chocolate latte cake is an easy recipe, and you could, if you wanted to, make a nice fancy frosting by piping decorations all over, or just do as I have done by keeping it simple and easy and still, in my opinion, a stunning looking cake. So please enjoy, it is a lovely, moist and soft cake and happy baking!

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Ingredients

The Cake

1 cup or 250 g butter, softened
1 cup or 200 g Regular or Castor Sugar
1 1/2 cups or 190 g AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup or 30 g cocoa powder plus extra for decoration
1/4 cup or 60 ml milk
3 teaspoons Strong Coffee Granules
3 Tablespoons hot water

The frosting

1 3/4 cups or 400 ml of whipping or heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons hot water

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F. Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch or 20 cm loose-bottomed round cake tins.

2. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, sift cocoa powder. Dissolve the coffee granules with the 3 tablespoons of hot water in a cup.

3. Lightly beat eggs and add vanilla in a bowl. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add egg mixture, a little at a time to the batter. Then add half the flour, then milk, then the rest of flour.

5. Divide cake batter mixture into 2 bowls. Add the cocoa into one of the bowls and mix, together with the dissolved coffee until all combined.

6. Alternate spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate cake mixture into both tins.

Chocolate Latte Cake, showing amounts of batter for each tin

Use the end of a spoon handle to swirl around the mixture.

Don't over swirl. You want to leave the batter so you can see the different colours.

Chocolate Latte Cake, swirling the cake batter

7. Bake 30 - 35 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cakes to rest for 2 minutes then remove from pans and place UPSIDE DOWN on a cooling rack. Allow to COMPLETELY cool before frosting.
Please note, bake times will vary slightly so please check for doneness after 25 - 30 minutes of baking.

Chocolate Latte Cake, showing baked cakes with chocolate and vanilla swirl
Chocolate Latte Cake, shows cakes turned out on cooling rack with patterns

For the Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Latte Cake

8. Mix the gelatin in the hot water and let dissolve for 5 mins. Add a little cream into the gelatin mixture.

Gelatin mixture for cake

9. Whip the cream until soft peaks adding the sugar slowly. Add the vanilla extract. Then add the gelatin mixture and whip till stiff peaks.

chocolate latte cake, frosting preparation using gelatin

10. Spread some frosting on the surface of one cake, place the other cake on top and frost the sides and top of the whole cake. Put a light dusting of cocoa powder on the top. Refrigerate for at least an hour for the frosting to firm up a little then serve with a nice latte coffee!

Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

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Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

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Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

Chocolate Latte Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Chocolate Latte Cake. A soft and moist cake with the flavors of a latte coffee and a hit of chocolate for good measure! Nice and easy recipe too!

Ingredients

The Cake :

  • 1 cup or 250 g butter, softened
  • 1 cup or 200 g Regular or Castor Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups or 190g AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup or 30 g cocoa powder plus extra for decoration
  • 1/4 cup or 60 ml milk
  • 3 teaspoons Strong Coffee Granules
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water

The frosting:

  • 1 3/4 cups or 400 ml of whipping or heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F. Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch or 20 cm loose bottomed round cake tins.
  2. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, sift cocoa powder. Dissolve the coffee granules with the 3 tablespoons of hot water in a cup.
  3. Lightly beat eggs and add vanilla in a bowl. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg mixture, a little at a time to the batter. Then add half the flour, then milk, then the rest of flour.
  5. Divide cake batter mixture into 2 bowls. Add the cocoa into one of the bowls and and mix, together with the dissolved coffee until all combined.
  6. Alternate spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate cake mixture into both tins. Use the end of a spoon handle to swirl around the mixture. *** Don't over swirl. You want to leave the batter so you can see the different colours.
  7. Bake 30 - 35 mins or until skewer comes out clean. Allow the cakes to rest for 2 minutes then remove from pans and place UPSIDE DOWN on a cooling rack. Allow to COMPLETELY cool before frosting.
  8. *** Please note, bake times will vary slightly so please check for done - ness after 25 - 30 minutes of baking.

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:

  1. Mix the gelatin in the hot water and let dissolve for 5 mins. Add a little cream into the gelatin mixture.
  2. Whip the cream until soft peaks adding the sugar slowly. Add the vanilla extract. Then add the gelatin mixture and whip till stiff peaks.
  3. Spread some frosting on the surface of one cake, place the other cake on top and frost the sides and top of the whole cake. Put a light dusting of cocoa powder on the top. Refrigerate for at least an hour for the frosting to firm up a little then serve with a nice latte coffee!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 6g

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    1. Hi Dixie, the gelatin is used to stiffen the cream so it holds and also helps the life so it will Jeep longer. If you left it out, you will need to eatbthe cake within the same day otherwise the water will seep from the cream and it won’t be nice. Alternatively, you can use a cream stiffener which comes in sachets and simply add that to the cream before whipping.
      Hope that helps.
      On a side note, the gelatin does give a lovely silky texture to the cream once whipped!