Servings: 10 to 12
This recipe reimagines the classic whiskey-spiked Irish coffee as a decadent mocha layer cake filled with coffee-whiskey whipped cream and topped with white and dark chocolate shavings.
Make Ahead Tips
The baked cake layers can be wrapped in plastic and kept at room temperature for 1 day.
The assembled cake will hold for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
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I made this cake to take to a St. Patrick's Day party. Reading all the reviews was very helpful. I seperately wrapped and refrigerated the cake layers for several hours before assembly. I whipped the cream quite a bit more than the recipe called for as I wanted a dense, stable cream. I refrigerated the whipped cream for 30 minutes before continuing. The assembled cake was stunning. I made slivers of gourmet chocolate bars instead of the curls. I used three wooden skewers inserted in the top of the cake for transporting and had no problems. The cake was refrigerated until serving and I had no difficulty slicing it. I will absolutely make this cake again. The cake has a wonderful chocolate flavor and the cream is so much less sweet than frosting. The only thing I would change is to add more Irish Whiskey to the cream. As for the leftover cream, we put it in our coffee!
I made this as a test run for a dinner party that I need to take dessert to in a week. Reviews indicated that probably was not a good idea. But I was so impressed with the look of it and the reviews that I thought I'd bake it for a small group for a St. Patrick's Day dinner and see what happens. Well, they were right. It is very unwieldy. It is just too big and slippery. I stabilized it with several skewers, but when I got down to the last third, each layer just decided to go in different directions. No one wants huge pieces of cake anymore and it was so difficult to cut small. But even more importantly, although it is a good tasting chocolate cake, I have several much better tasting chocolate cakes in my repertoire. I love to bake and had fun doing it, and it was impressive looking, but I won't be repeating this one.
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