Four-Layer Mocha Cream Cake

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A mocha whipped cream filling rests between four layers of rich, moist chocolate cake. This lovely, decadent dessert is much easier to prepare than it sounds! You can eat it right away, but it tastes better chilled. Decorate with shaved chocolate if desired. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
1 layer cake



  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups boiling water, divided

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Mocha Cream Filling:

  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons hot water

  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules

  • 3 ¾ cups whipping cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper.

  2. Beat sugar and butter for cake together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy; add eggs and beat until pale in color.

  3. Mix 1 cup boiling water and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl. Mix into the sugar mixture. Combine baking soda with remaining boiling water and add to the batter. Mix in flour and baking powder until just combined. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes in the pans; run a knife around the edges of the cakes and transfer onto wire racks to cool completely.

  5. While cakes cool, prepare filling. Combine chocolate chips, sugar, hot water, and coffee granules in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Cool completely.

  6. Whip cream until it starts to thicken; add cooled chocolate mixture and whip until stiff.

  7. Split each cooled cake layer in two with a knife. Divide filling into 4 equal portions. Spread 1/4 of the filling on the first cake layer, top with another layer, and repeat until you've frosted the top layer. Chill at least 1 hour for best results.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

595 Calories
36g Fat
70g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 249mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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