Death By Chocolate Layer CakeDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lavazza.
My birthday falls in the month of July (I was an early firecracker as my Mom likes to say still to this very day, and I gotta admit, the description still fits). I’m one of those people that really digs birthdays and tend to celebrate it for at least a week if not more. Doesn’t everyone? I also really dig chocolate and COFFEE so it was only natural that I made a celebration worthy cake that would make chocoholics and caffeine addicts rejoice right along with me.
I am super duper pleased with how this one turned out. So much so it might become my yearly birthday cake tradition. If it didn’t take a hot minute to pull together it might be my every time I’m craving a chocolate cake recipe but this one is firmly in the special occasion category.
If you don’t like chocolate (I mean really really like it) this probably isn’t the cake for you (and that’s okay). Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe this. For a chocoholic like myself, it was worth every bit of extra time I had to put in on the treadmill after eating more slices than I’m willing to admit to. Again. Worth it.
I like big cakes and I can not lie. If I’m going to eat cake I’m of the go big or skip it camp so layered cakes rule my baking world. I decided to go with just two layers for this cake BUT it could easily be made into 4 layers. I just didn’t trust myself to make 4 even layers (food photographing problems and all) so 2 it was. You’ll also need a bit of time to make this cake. As impatient as I am, I have to admit that some things are worth the wait. Especially if they involve a chocolate cake that made my eyes roll back into my head.
I baked the cake portion the night before (wrapped those babies up in plastic to keep them at their best) and then made the chocoholics
butterdream buttercream the following day. Because buttercream. It’s the stuff frosting dreams are made of. I tend to be a minimalist with my cake decorating because I’m all about getting to the good stuff especially after it took me two days to make this baby. I did a simple swirl on top and then garnished with cocoa nibs.
Chocolate and Coffee are a natural pairing. They’re so good together they should be BFF’s. I used Lavazza’s Perfetto ESPRESSO roast in the cake recipe. “Made from 100% carefully selected Arabica beans, Perfetto is bold with lingering caramel notes. It is roasted a bit longer to produce a “perfect” and characteristically Italian dark flavor profile. The ideal choice for those who love the pure pleasure of espresso roasts.”
Lavazza’s Perfetto Roast also happens to be on sale this month! Visit the Lavazza Online store to save 20% off on Perfetto.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lavazza. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.