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chocolate cake with kahlua chip frosting recipe

I am so flattered that Amanda of I Am Baker asked me to be a part of her food styling challenge. I am a big fan, and proud to be able to call her a friend. The task – $25 dollars to find food styling props to style a chocolate cake. The catch – they must be from a thrift store, antique shop, flea market, or Goodwill. Now, I am no stranger to an antique shop or a flea market. One of my favorite things about our time in Kansas were the treasures that I found at flea markets and antique shops. Goodwill and a thrift shop? I have not done much treasure hunting in those places.

As you can imagine, the holidays are a really busy time. I didn’t have a ton of extra time to hunt for the “perfect” pieces. Instead, I gave myself one Goodwill stop and 20 minutes. I really like a challenge like this, and it made me feel like I was on a reality show.

I took one walk around to survey the scene, then I got serious, the clock was a’ ticking. Since it is the holidays, I wanted to do something holiday related. I took a walk around the dishes and nothing was speaking to me. I walked further down the aisles and found the Christmas section. Jackpot. Normally, I am not a red and green holiday kind of girl, but the first thing that I picked up was this really fun vintage-looking tree plate. The best part about it – there is a sticker on the back with the previous owner’s address and info with a “please return” message. From there, I took a walk back to the dishes and found some big red plates and cute little cream plates that would be perfect. I had no luck in the linen department, but scored in the utensils. I love old forks. A little silver polish and a tarnished fork is a good as new. $14 later, I had everything I needed to style my challenge.

As for the cake, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, and made a Kahlua Chip frosting. I am thrilled with how this cake turned out. I love the crunch from the chips and the subtle kick from the Kahlua. This cake will be made again, for sure.

chocolate cake with kahlua chip frosting recipe

Chocolate Cake:

1 3/4 cup flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed coffee

Kahlua Chip Frosting:

1 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup Kahlua
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 cups powdered sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips

chocolate cake recipeTo make the cake: Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the wet into the dry and combine. Stir in the coffee. The batter will be very runny. Pour into prepared 9-inch pans and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

kahlua chip frosting recipeTo make the frosting: Cream the butter and sugar together. It will not fully come together at this point.

kahlua chip frosting recipeAdd Kahlua and cream.

kahlua chip frosting recipeBeat until light and fluffy.

kahlua chip frosting recipeAdd the chips and mix until blended.

chocolate cake with kahlua chip recipe Frost cooled cake with frosting.

chocolate cake with kahlua chip frosting recipe

Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Chip Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Chip Frosting

Ingredients

    Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • Kahlua Chip Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. To make the cake: Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the wet into the dry and combine. Stir in the coffee. The batter will be very runny. Pour into prepared 9-inch pans and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. To make the frosting: Cream the butter and sugar together. It will not fully come together at this point. Add Kahlua and cream. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the chips and mix until blended.
  4. Frost cooled cake with frosting.
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10 Responses to Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Chip Frosting

  1. Kristi says:

    I love the idea of the chips in the frosting.

  2. Amanda says:

    Its genius and beautiful. You are so talented. THANK YOU!!

  3. Mmmmm chocolate cake! I think I could eat this slice in three bites

  4. This chocolate cake is so awesome! And the styling is incredible too. Great job!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Jocelyn, the cake part is my favorite chocolate cake recipe ever. You don’t even need a mixer to make it either.

  5. This cake is perfectly festive! Love it!

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