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European Mocha Fudge Cake


25 Min.
30 Min.
Skill Level:
1 cake

Whether it's for a special occasion or just making your day better, this European Mocha Fudge Cake recipe is sure to impress. Layers of HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa cake are topped with a light, creamy coffee filling to create this stunning treat. The best part is that you can make the cake and freeze the layers ahead of time, simply adding the filling and icing after defrosting. Chocolate-dipped strawberries and dark chocolate shavings as garnish make this European Mocha Fudge Cake even more impressive.  There is nothing quite like a divine dessert with bold mocha flavor. Share the deliciousness with these rich Mocha Glazed Brownie Cups.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
25 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Chill Time
1 hour 30 minutes


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  • 1-1/4 cups
    butter or margarine (2-1/2 sticks)
  • 4
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup
    pecans finely chopped
  • chocolate curls (optional)
  • Creamy Coffee Filling
  • 1-1/2 cups
    cold whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsps
    powdered instant coffee

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven & stovetop oven & stovetop
two 9-inch round baking pans (2) 9-inch baking pans
wax paper wax paper
small saucepan saucepan
rubber scraper rubber scraper
mixer mixer
wire racks wire racks
mixing bowl mixing bowl

Heat oven to 350°F. Butter bottom and sides of two 9-inch round baking pans. Line bottoms with wax paper; butter paper.


Melt butter in small saucepan; remove from heat. Add cocoa, stirring until blended; cool slightly. Beat eggs in large bowl until foamy; add salt and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add cooled chocolate mixture; blend thoroughly. Fold in flour. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into prepared pans.


Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Carefully peel off paper. Cool completely. Spread Creamy Coffee Filling between layers, over top and sides of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour or longer before serving. Cover leftover cake; store in refrigerator.

Creamy Coffee Filling:

Combine all ingredients; stir until instant coffee is almost dissolved. Beat until stiff.

Make Ahead Directions:

Cooled cake may be wrapped and frozen up to 4 weeks; thaw, wrapped, before filling and frosting.

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