Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mocha Java Chocolate Cake

1 cup cocoa powder (unsifted)
2 cups fresh brewed coffee  
1/8 tsp coffee extract
2 3/4 cups flour, all-purpose (sifted)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter (or margarine, softened)
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1) To make the cake: In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely. Sift flour with soda, salt, and baking powder. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease three 9 by 1-1/2 inch layer cake pans. Line with parchment paper. Grease paper and lightly flour pans. Set aside. In large bowl of electric mixer at high speed beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping bowl occasionally, until light, about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not overbeat. Divide evenly into pans; smooth top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertip. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; remove from pans; cool on racks.
    To make the coffee mousse filling:
    Yield: 8 servings of coffee mousse

    Ingredients:

    2 cups evaporated milk
    2/3 cup strong coffee
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    3 egg yolks
    1 envelope unflavored gelatin, softened in 3 tablespoons cold water
    1 ½ cups heavy cream
    Preparation:

    In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk and coffee; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it just starts steaming. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and brown sugar.

    Add ½ cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Add the warm egg-milk blend back into the hot milk in the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 165 degrees on a digital candy thermometer. Remove from the heat and stir in the softened gelatin. Chill the coffee custard thoroughly.

    Beat the 1 1/2 cups of cream in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Thoroughly stir ½ cup of the whipped cream into the chilled custard, and then gently fold in the remaining cream. The coffee mousse is ready when the custard is thoroughly incorporated into the whipped cream, and no marbling shows. Serve the mousse chilled.

    This coffe mousse recipe makes 8 servings.