1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Hershey cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup strong black coffee (or 2 teaspoons instant coffee mixed with cup boiling water)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 cup regular milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar added)
1 cup chocolate fudge topping
1 tablespoon instant coffee
4 cups frozen non-dairy topping, thawed and divided (like cool-whip)
Cake: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thin. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack until ready to frost.
Frosting: For layer filling, combine hot fudge and instant coffee granules in a medium sauce pan; heat until coffee crystals are dissolved. Cool for 15 minutes and then fold into fudge mixture 2 cups of the whipped topping. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Place first cake layer on a serving plate and spread with 1 cup filling. Top with second layer. Add remaining 2 cups whipped topping to the remaining fudge mixture and mix well. Frost top and sides of the cake with topping mixture.
Keep cake refrigerated.
Serves 8 -12
Tip: Garnish with chocolate curls, chocolate coated coffee beans or grated chocolate.
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