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Coffee Crunch Cake

The morning-time trifecta for cake induced bliss: coffee, crunch and chocolate.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 (14-ounce) package vanilla wafers

Coffee Frosting

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Ganache

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Steps

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture one-fourth at a time, alternating with milk until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Cut cakes into 3 even pieces and set aside.

Coffee Frosting

  1. Heat heavy cream in the microwave until hot, about 20 seconds.
  2. Add instant coffee and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of the stand mixer, cream butter and vanilla together.
  4. Add powdered sugar and coffee mixture, and beat until smooth.
  5. Position the first layer of cake and top with a thin layer of frosting.
  6. Add a layer of vanilla wafers, followed by another layer of frosting.
  7. Repeat until you have 3 layers of cake.
  8. Add a thick layer of frosting over the entire cake and chill for 20 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Add chocolate to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Heat heavy cream in a small pot and bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate.
  4. Slowly stir chocolate until fully melted and combined.
  5. Add coconut oil and stir until smooth and shiny.
  6. Pour ganache over the chilled cake, and use a spatula to spread it over the top and sides of the cake.
  7. Garnish, chill 30 minutes and serve.