Mahogany Cake Recipe

Mahogany Cake

This dark chocolate cake has a subtle coffee flavor.

25 min. prep time
12 servings
252 Ratings



1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups hot strong coffee


2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 to 1/2 cup hot strong coffee


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside.

Combine sugar and 3/4 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add cooled chocolate, eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to butter mixture alternately with 1 1/3 cups coffee, beating at low speed just until well mixed.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

Beat 2/3 cup butter in bowl at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough coffee for desired spreading consistency; beat well after each addition.

Place 1 cake layer onto serving plate. Spread 1/2 cup frosting over top; top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake..

Recipe Tip

Make cake and frost the day before. Cover with plastic food wrap or store in container with tight-fitting lid.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 550

Fat: 27g

Cholesterol: 110mg

Sodium: 420mg

Carbohydrates: 75g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #13407©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Wonderful texture and flavor. My family loved it.
I have made this cake 2 times. Both times my son requested it for his birthday cake. It has a nice chocolate flavor, however, if you overbake it in the least bit, it tends to dry out. Overall, very good cake.

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