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Double the Fun: Kahlua Cake with Kahlua Buttercream #TheCakeSliceBakers


Here we are the September 2021 edition of the Cake Slice Bakers. For 2021; we are baking from Little Everyday Cakes: 50+ Perfectly Proportioned Confections to Enjoy Any Day of the Week by Candace Floyd.* I can't believe that we're already halfway through the year. In many ways 2020 dragged on as the shelter-in-place orders continued month after month; on the other hand, it was a completely blur because there weren't milestones to mark the passage of time.

In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book. Our choices for September 2021 were ~ 

Honey-Ginger Sour Cream Cake
Kahlua Cake
Maple Cake with Maple Frosting

Kahlua Cake with Kahlua Buttercream 

It is very rare that I make the same thing more than once. Just the truth. However, I made this cake recipe twice in the span of a week because it was that good. 

One I just made for dessert at home one evening. Then, that weekend I brought it to our friends' house topped with fondant succulents. It is a relatively easy recipe that is still impressive and, most importantly, delicious!

Funny story. My recipe is tardy because we dropped our eldest off at college and I have been a puddle of tears. Another blogger asked me why my cake wasn't dark brown. I told her that I made it twice...the same way. Apparently, I missed the cocoa powder in the recipe. Twice. I guess I've been a little distracted.

makes one 6-inch three layer cake

  • 1-1/3 flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 Tablespoons Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 6 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 7 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter three 6-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, liqueur, coffee, and coffee extract.

Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cream together until lightened and fluffy. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture until well-combined.

Divide the batter into the prepared pans and place in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the cake is firm to the touch. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before inverting. Let cool completely.

Place butter in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add powdered sugar and liqueur until smooth. Beat until frosting reaches desired consistency. If you want it thicker, add more sugar; if you want it thinner, add more liqueur.

Once the cake layers have cooled completely, place one layer on a serving platter. Spread a layer of buttercream and spread it to the edges. Place the second layer on top, then add buttercream to the top and the sides. Then the third.

Smooth the buttercream over the top and along the sides. Refrigerate to let the buttercream harden.

Take out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. 


  1. I'm anxious to see your recipe....why is your cake not chocolate? Mine was deep dark chocolate. Take your time and pamper yourself....this recipe can wait and wait and wait.....

    1. That's a really good question! Now i feel as if I missed an ingredient because Camille's looks dark, too. But I did it the same way twice, so I will have to look at the book. Almost done with my dinner prep, so I will have time this afternoon. Before L'Ecole...

  2. Yeah, how weird that the color is so different, lol!!! And twice!!! Cute succulents.

    1. And I just realized that I forgot the cocoa powder. Twice.

  3. Funny about the cocoa powder! It looks delicious, and definitely one I'll have to make.

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