It’s Mother’s Day! Granted, some of us will make reservations at Mom’s favorite restaurant, but many of us will cook mom a memorable meal. For those of us preparing gourmet meals, the goal is to make all of mom’s favorites and treat her to a meal fit for a queen. So…what’s for dessert?
For this Mother’s Day, why not pull out all the stops? For this Mother’s Day treat, we’re going all out to create a dessert with every dark, decadent flavor imaginable…roasty espresso, dark chocolate, and salted caramel. The end result…a cake so dark and chocolatey that it’s nearly black and a creamy caramely frosting with a hint of salt.
3 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1-1/8 cups dark cocoa powder ( I highly suggest using only dark cocoa. Regular cocoa powder doesn’t have enough body/flavor to give you the right flavor.)
2-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder or packet of instant coffee
1-1/2 cups milk
¾ cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups strong hot coffee
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
15 fluid ounces dulce de leche
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon meringue powder
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl, sift together sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and espresso powder. In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and blend on high for 2 minutes. Whisk or stir in coffee. Pour batter into 3 greased & floured 9″ cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing cakes and cooling completely.
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, 3/4 c. dulce de leche, shortening, salt, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Add meringue powder and 1/2 bag of powdered sugar. Blend on low until completely incorporated. Add powdered sugar 1/2 c. at a time until completely blended. Add milk as needed. Turn mixer to high and whip frosting for 4-5 minutes.
With a cake leveler or serrated knife, remove domed top of each cake. Spread frosting evenly between the layers and over entire cake as a crumb coat. Refrigerate until set. Use remaining frosting to cover and decorate cake. Microwave remaining dulce de leche and drizzle over cake. Decorate with additional chopped dark chocolate.
Need more Mother’s Day meal ideas? Visit our friends with Sunday Supper for suggestions and recipes!
Sunday Supper Mother’s Day Food Ideas
- Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce De Leche by Gourmet Everyday
- Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake by Pies and Plots
- Toasted Almond Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Helpful Homemade
- Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cake Truffles by The Freshman Cook
- White Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- White Chocolate-Filled Snickerdoodles by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Double Pork Stuffed Pork Roast by Food Lust People Love
- Italian Stuffed Caprese Chicken by My World Simplified
- Japanese Chicken Curry by What Smells So Good?
- Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi by My Savory Spoon
- Ris de Veau Meunière (Breaded Sweetbreads with Lemon Sauce) by Palatable Pastime
Sides and Salads
- Blue Cheese, Grape and Walnut Bruschetta by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Mom’s Easy Clam Dip by Cricket’s Confections
- Salmon and Capers Panzanella Salad by And She Cooks
- Swedish Potato Casserole by Sunday Supper Movement
- Berry Chantilly Trifle by The Crumby Cupcake
- Blackberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar Pecan Biscuits by Soulfully Made
- Lemon Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries by Our Good Life
- Lemon Cooler by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mom’s Southwest Georgia Pound Cake by Family Around The Table
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp by Caroline’s Cooking
- Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote by Wholistic Woman
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