24 April 2016

Coffee and chocolate cake

This sort of chocolate and coffee cake (mokkapalat) was often served in Finland in my youth. I'm fearing that it's less popular these days, as I haven't seen it around for a long time. This is a very easy cake to make, as you may know how bad I am at baking, so this is a perfect one that even I can manage. I really love coffee, so its flavour on a chocolate cake is a really nice combination. For this one I followed a recipe by Valio, but have translated it to you below. You can find the original recipe here. Most ingredient amounts are in desilitres, which makes the baking even easier, if you happen to own a desilitre measuring cup as is usual in Finnish households.


Cake dough

4 eggs
2 ½ dl sugar
200 g butter
2 dl milk
5 dl wheat flour
½ dl cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla sugar


75 g butter
¾ dl strong coffee
4 dl icing sugar
½ dl cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar


Fruity confetti


Make the cake dough first. Whisk the eggs and sugar into foamy texture. Melt the butter and add the cold milk to it. Combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and milk mix into the egg and sugar mix and also add the dry ingredients through a sieve. Mix carefully. Pour the dough onto baking paper on a baking sheet and bake at 200 C for about 15 minutes.

Make the topping by melting the butter and adding the coffee to it. Add the other ingredients through a sieve and mix on the hot hob. Pour the topping onto the cake while it's still hot (the cake can be either cooled down or also hot). Put some confetti on the top as decoration and let cool.


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  1. Looks very nice and moist, I can do with a slice of chocolate cake especially now because I am doing gut detox so no gluten,sugar or dairy for me.

    1. Well done you, I wish I could do a bit of a detox!

  2. I am not a v good baker too :) but still this looks lovely and it looks ever so moist too. I was hoping to do some baking at the weekend, but have been promised some Birthday cake, so that baking session in the kitchen has been postponed!

    1. Oh nice, is it going to be your birthday?

    2. No, not mine - its a young nephews birthday! And I had a slice on Monday - it wasn't traditional Birthday cake, but a light sponge with proper fresh cream - quite yummy.

    3. A tasty cake is always nice. I've not had a proper sponge for quite a while... :)


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