Mahogany Cake Recipe

Mahogany Cake

This dark chocolate cake has a subtle coffee flavor.

25 min. prep time
12 servings
252 Ratings



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
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
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
3 to 4 tablespoons cooled strong coffee


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

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in  bowl; set aside.

Place sugar and 3/4 cup butter in another 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 mixture 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, beating 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.

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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