CEimB Mocha Red Velvet Cake

by Joanne on February 16, 2011

We’re traveling to warmer weather which is why I posted this early. Hope to check out the other CEimBers Mocha Cake experience soon.

Chaya of Chaya’s Comfy Cook must have had the chocolaty celebration of February in mind when she picked this week’s Ellie recipe. The “real” recipe was a Moist Mocha Cake with Mocha Cream but I really got into Valentine’s Day, made the cake to celebrate on Monday and turned it red!


I used the wonderful “Pure Dark” chocolate sent from Food buzz. It was perfect for this recipe. The “Slab” (70% cocoa, a thick chunk, 3 oz of dark chocolate) went into the cake and the “Bark classic” (dark chocolate topped with cherries, roasted almonds, and caramelized cacao nibs) adorned the top.


The cake is somewhat healthier than my other cakes (depending on how detailed you define “healthy”). I used ¾ cup whole wheat flour as in Ellie’s recipe. I also added less sugar than in my usual cakes. The result was a slightly denser crumb cake with an adult flavor. Pure delight and perfect for our Valentine’s Day celebration.


Makes a 9” round 3 tier cake.


The Cake

· ¾ cup whole wheat flour

· 1 ½ cups cake flour

· 1 tsp baking soda

· 1 tsp baking powder

· 1 cup canola oil

· 1 oz red food coloring

· 3 large eggs

· 1 cup low fat yogurt

· 1 tsp vanilla extract

· 1 cup granulated sugar

· 1 TBS espresso powder dissolved in 1 TBS hot water

· 3 oz dark chocolate melted

· 1 cup heavy cream – room temperature

· 1 can Tart cherries – drained and pat dry

· ¼ cup Chambord

· ¾ cup chocolate pudding (make your favorite)

· ¾ cup vanilla pudding (again – make your favorite)

Frosting * This frosting was only enough for the top of the cake so I compromised and winged it with a quick – whip chocolate to finish the sides.

· 8 oz Neufchatel cheese, softened

· 1/3 cup (plus a little more to get the right consistency) powdered sugar

· 1 tsp vanilla

· 1 tsp hot water

Making the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray 3 9” round cake pans with Non – Stick Baking spray (the kind with flour in it).

Mix all the dry ingredients (flours, salt, baking soda & powder).

In another bowl, mix the oil, food color, eggs, vanilla, sugar, espresso w/ water. Add to dry ingredient and then stir in the yogurt.

When your chocolate has melted whip it into the cream *Be Fast With This! The chocolate will begin to form strands as it tries to solidify again. Quickly add to the cake batter.

Pour batter into the pans and bake about 25 minutes.

For the frosting: Beat everything together (cheese, sugar, vanilla, water) until soft and creamy.

Assembly: Allow cakes to cool. Level off layers with a serrated knife. Put the first layer on the plate and brush with some of the Chambord to moisten.


Add the chocolate pudding (or vanilla – which ever you want on the bottom), top with ½ of the cherries.


Add another cake layer. Brush with Chambord. Add the pudding and top with cherries.


Add the last cake layer and brush with Chambord. *At this point, it will be easier to ice if you put it in the freezer for one hour. Frost as desired.

Be very, very careful! If you’re not quick with the decorating, SOMEONE may give himself a Valentine gift before you’re ready!



We really enjoyed this cake. I keep telling Ted it’s a “healthy” recipe. He keeps eating it. It’s tough love.


Thanks Chaya! PERFECT pick for this month.

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  • At 2011.02.16 13:21, J said:

    Oh that looks so good! Red velvet is my favorite!!

    • At 2011.02.16 20:51, megan said:

      oh my, i love me some red velvet cake and that looks divine!!

      • At 2011.02.16 21:06, Heather said:

        Oh my – that looks delicious. I’ve never made a red velvet cake (only cupcakes) – they’re so pretty that I’d be afraid I’d mess it up!

        • At 2011.02.17 06:35, Joanne said:

          I’m jealous of your travels to warmer weather! Have fun!

          Man this cake looks good, especially the cherry filling…so tasty. I’m a sucker for any red velvet-esque desserts…even if they’re mocha flavored!

          • At 2011.02.17 08:00, Chaya said:

            You do the best things with your recipes. The red velvet certainly enhances this and the cherries look wonderful. You certainly did make this a Valentine special.

            • At 2011.02.17 08:35, Bri said:

              Wow, that cake is a real showstopper! You had me drooling with your description, and those chocolate bars sound too, too good! Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day!

              • At 2011.02.17 16:52, Sophie said:

                Oooooh,…Aaaaaah,…Wow!!! Waw, Joanne! This filled & decortaed cake looks HUGE, pretty & ooh so appetizing too!

                Terrific food!

                Kiises to you!!!

                • At 2011.02.17 22:06, Bela said:

                  Oh my that looks delicious!

                  We are also heading to warmer temps this Sunday, where are you going?

                  • At 2011.02.18 00:02, Monet said:

                    I adore red velvet cake…and this one looks just amazing. I can only imagine how delicious each moist and chocolate filled bite tasted! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend!

                    • At 2011.02.19 10:21, peggy said:

                      Joanne, this time you have outdone yourself. Seriously. That is the most beautiful cake ever. I am inspired to make that next weekend for my supper club. I don’t really like red velvet cake, but I think I could enjoy yours. The icing is fabulous and you decorated beautifully. I’m sorry I have been out of the loop lately – had the flu for two weeks but am beginning to feel better so should be back to cooking soon. Have fun with your warmer weather.

                      • At 2011.02.19 14:13, Liz said:

                        Oh, Joanne, what a beautiful and delicious-looking cake! I am not a huge fan of chocolate cakes, but with the fruit liqueur, YUM! GREAT JOB!

                        • At 2011.02.19 19:30, claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend said:

                          Hi Joanne,
                          Trying to play catch up… so busy at work hope all is well with you, I see you have made a fabulous looking cake here, what a stunning looking frosting pure heaven here!

                          • At 2011.02.20 15:20, Tammy said:

                            That is gorgeous. I love the chocolate cherry combo and think it’s perfect for Valentines day.

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