Double Chocolate Kahlua Cake

READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 8-12




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place rack in the center of the oven.
  • Grease two 9"cake pans with vegetable shortening or butter or margarine, then dust with flour.
  • Shake out the excess flour, I use cocoa powder.
  • Set the pans aside.
  • Place the cake mix, cocoa, Kahlua, buttermilk, oil and eggs in a large mxing bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 20 seconds.
  • Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed.
  • The batter should look well combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.
  • Place the pans in the oven side by side.
  • Bake the cakes until they spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 28-30 minutes.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rock, then invert again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up.
  • Allow to cool completely, 30 minutes more.
  • Place the cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl and pour in the boiling water and Kahlua.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon, or rubber spatula until the cocoa comes together into a soft mass.
  • Add the butter and blend with an electric mixer on low speed until the mixture is soft and well combined, 30 seconds.
  • Stop the machine.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar and cinnamon and beat with mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat the frosting lightens and is fluffy, 2 mimutes more.
  • Place one of the layers right side up on a cake plate or stand.
  • Generously and evenly frost the top of the layer.
  • Place the second layer on top, and generously frost the top of the cake creating decorative swirls with spatula.
  • With remaining frosting, frost around the sides of the cake using, smooth, clean strokes.
  • Slice, then serve.
  • Enjoy!