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Mocha Cake

Ingredients
For cake
  Cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon
  Hot water 2 Tablespoon
  Butter 4 Ounce, softened
  Castor sugar 5 Ounce
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Self raising flour 4 Ounce
  Milk 1 Tablespoon
For decoration
  Almond paste 1⁄2 Pound
  Butter 3 Ounce, softened
  Icing sugar 1⁄2 Pound, sifted
  Essence 2 Teaspoon
  Walnuts 1 Ounce, chopped
  Walnuts 5 , halved
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2) Butter a 8-inch cake tin. Line the bottom with a buttered non-stick parchment paper.

MAKING
3) In a bowl of hot water, add in the cocoa to make a paste. Let it cool.
4) In a second bowl, add in butter and sugar. Beat till it gets light and fluffy. Add in the cocoa paste next.
5) Add in the eggs, one by one, beating all the while. Fold in the flour and milk next.
6) Transfer the mixture into the cake tin.
7) Bake for about 40 minutes.
8) Transfer the cake onto a wire rack. Remove the paper lining and let cool completely.
9) On a clean board, spread out the almond paste till it becomes very thin. Slice half of it into 3-inch triangles.
10) Shape the remaining half of the almond paste into small balls. Allow them to dry for about 3 hours.
11) In a bowl, add in the butter and half of icing sugar. Beat till it becomes light and fluffy.
12) Add in the leftover sugar, milk and coffee. Beat to a creamy consistency.
13) Spread the icing over the cake. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on the side.
14) Garnish the top of the cake with the almond triangles and balls. Also use walnut halves and some icing piped into starry shapes.

FINALIZING
15) At this stage you may freeze the cake. Place in the freezer till it almost sets. Then transfer into a rigid container. Put it back in the freezer.
16) Thaw the cake by placing at room temperature for about 4 hours.

SERVING
17. Serve the cake cold.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Ingredient: 
Cocoa
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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