This simple chocolate cake gets its deep chocolate flavor from the addition of espresso powder. More espresso powder is added to the chocolate frosting to give it a light, yet distinct, coffee flavor. And the whole thing’s easy to assemble, making this an ideal recipe for a novice baker who wants to make a special birthday cake.
Want to try a more ambitious chocolate treat? Try our classic Chocolate Lava Cake recipe—enough to serve eight guests.
For the mocha buttercream: