26 July 2011

Mahogany Cake

July is a month of celebrations at home with 3 birthdays!! Yay...and a chance for me to bake different cakes.

This delicately coffee flavoured chocolate cake has been a hit at home. This is the cake I made for my Amma's birthday. Just loved the chocolate and coffee flavour that just melts in the mouth. Hmmmm...this was the reaction of all my family members. Some doubted whether it was store bought. Unfortunately I could not click even one picture as it was all over so soon. So I made this one again on my birthday along with another cake...Surprise...

Again I am not very happy with the pictures as it was taken in a hurry as everyone wanted to take a bite..But I really want this cake to be on my blog as it is one of the first coffee cakes I made and just loved it.

Recipe Source: Ria's Collection


Flour  – 1 1/3 cups
Eggs  - 2
Unsalted butter – 150 gms
Baking soda – ¾ tsp
Boiling water – ½ cup
Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Instant coffee powder – 2 tsp
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp**see note
Vinegar – ½ tsp


Preheat oven to 180 degree C for 10 minutes.
Sieve flour with baking soda and salt.
Boil water. Add coffee powder and cocoa powder to it and stir. Reserve.
Cream butter till light. Add sugar and beat well.
Add 1 egg at a time and continue beating.
Add vanilla and vinegar. The mix may look curdled but will look fine when the flour is added.
Alternately add flour and coffee mixture beating and mixing well after each addition.
Grease the pan with butter. Place butter/parchment paper. Grease again and dust with cocoa
Pour the mix into the prepared pan and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean.


Cocoa-2 tbsp
Butter-50 g
Icing sugar-225 g
Caster sugar-75g
Vanilla-1/2 tsp


Mix cocoa and icing sugar in a bowl.
Melt the butter, castor sugar and milk on medium flame till the sugar is dissolved completely.
Bring the mixture to a roaring boil and pour over the cocoa icing sugar mixture.
Mix well with the spatula.
Apply on the cake and level it.


**If you are using salted butter then omit the salt.
It is little difficult working with the icing as it gets hardened soon. Add little butter at room temperature or milk to make it smoother.
Apply the icing when the cake is still warm as it is easier.
Boil little water and dip the spatula, wipe and then try leveling the icing.


  1. Wow Rinku! I love coffee flavoured cakes..i am going to try this one :)

  2. Thanks my dear Shir for the quick response. Yes you should try it..its awesome..

  3. Wowww... Looks really good and tempting.. wonderful presentation too.. Thanks for sharing :)
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  4. beautiful cake dear...perfect...

  5. The cake has got all the ingredients for the wow factor. Absolutely Decadent.

  6. Wow .. looks so yummy Rinku. Moist and tempting.

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  7. coffee and chocolate is a lovely flavour combination!!! so tempting! bookmarked

  8. Delicious coffee flavoured cake.

  9. Looks really delicious wid dyummy frosting..pass me one slice naa..

  10. Happy Birthdaay Rinku! What a lovely cake to celebrate! Now, I'm craving for it :)

  11. that looks so delish Rinku.....wat a beautiful cake....n' the name is really nice too...would love to give it a try....:)

  12. Wow tht slice of cake is so gorgeous...beautifully baked!

  13. That looks delicious:-) perfect birthday cake

  14. Birthdays are the perfect excuse to make chocolate cake :D

  15. I too love this flavour in cake. infact i posted coffee cake few months back. Wonderful presentation of this simple yet appealing cake

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  16. wow thats a lovely cake,cute presentation...

  17. Lovely cake..have to try this one. A belated happy bday to your Amma and you. Looking forward to the next cake recipe:)

  18. Many happy returns to her ~ she must must be really happy to see such a beautiful cake! Very nicely done n presented!
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  19. looks very beautiful and perfectly made

  20. beautiful cake !! great work !!

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  21. So decadent and delicate... Lovely way to celebrate!! Happy Birthday to you...

  22. Wow georgeous cake.can I have a slice pls:)

  23. The slice of cake looks so delicious ..though I don't eat sweets I can make it for my hubby.
    The red rose on top makes it romantic.... TO HUBBY WITH LOVE .. :)

  24. Cake looks superb dear...love that flavor..

  25. The cake looks delicious.. How do say that the clicks are not good? They are really wonderful..

  26. Wow that looks amazing..looks lovely with yummy flavors

  27. I recently had mahogany cake and yours is a lot tempting now :) Looks so perfect and tempting. Love the click with the rose :)

  28. wow, that does look delicious. Isn't it fun with all happy occasions. Good wishes to everyone celebrating :)

  29. love the name looks fabulous happy belated birthday to your mother

  30. Woww.. this looks so creamy and yummy..

    Your mom is lucky da :)

  31. Hey rinku....very yummy looking cake...Thnx for liking my post...Happy to follow you..

  32. Belated Happy Bday!
    Cake looks grt dear...yummy...
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    I loved some of your recipes..
    keep going..
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  33. Thanks Rinku,for stopping by and being a part of my blog,I do the same & look forward to exciting & delicious recipes by you.The coffee cake looks yummy and the slice on the plate is making me crave for some now...I am sorry it took me this long to get here,I was away and was not blogging for a while.

  34. Rinku, you have me drooling over the pictures of your totally yummalicious cake!

  35. Thanks for stopping by my space....that's an awesome cake!


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