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Layered Coffee Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
27 mins
Total Time
57 mins
When you become an adult, you can officially have cake for breakfast! So why not eat a cake that is infused with our favorite ingredient- coffee?!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee layer cake, mascarpone buttercream
Author: Jackie
Coffee Infused Cake
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk or milk
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot Seattle's Best Coffee
Mascarpone Coffee Frosting
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 10 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate Dipped Espresso Beans for garnish
  • Chocolate Jimmies for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 8-inch round pans or four 6-inch round pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Sift together cake flour, baking powder and soda, salt and espresso powder.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer (or beaters), cream butter, oil, and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly in between.

  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Reducing your mixer speed to low, alternate adding flour mixer and milk until just combined.
  7. Whisk in hot coffee. Batter will be runny.
  8. Evenly fill cake pans half full with batter.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes for 8-inch pans and 22-25 minutes for 6-inch pans, or until a knife is inserted and when removed is clean.
  10. Cool completely before filling and frosting.
  1. Combine butter and mascarpone in the bowl of your mixer and beat on high until smooth.
  2. Add ½ of the powdered sugar and beat on low until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla extract, espresso powder, and remaining powder sugar. Beat on low until combined.
  4. Once combined, increase mixer speed to high and beat for 4-5 minutes.
  5. To assemble the cake, place one layer on a cake plate and frost it with the ¾ cup of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers and frost the outside of cake.
  6. Refrigerate cake for 1 hour before adding ganache.
  7. To make the ganache, heat cream in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.
  8. Once hot, add chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes then stir until smooth.
  9. Drizzle cold cake with ganache.
  10. Top with remaining frosting swirls, espresso beans, and jimmies, if desired.
  11. Serve with a piping hot cup of Seattle's Best Coffee and enjoy!