Recipe: Mocha Layer Cake

A hot-season recipe from a Dakar Eats reader… and going into my fridge. 😊 Thanks, Lauralyn!

“I thought I’d share one of my favorite ‘hot weather’ desserts with you. This mocha cake is unbelievably delicious. They will think you have slaved over it but it is SUPER easy and you don’t need to turn on your oven. No it’s not gluten free, no it’s not low calorie… but YES it is amazing.”


2 packages Petit Beurres cookies, available in most grocery stores and buutiks around Dakar
1 cup hot strongly brewed coffee

Mocha Buttercream Frosting

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons instant Néscafé, dissolved in a splash of hot water


Mix frosting ingredients until completely smooth.

Pour hot coffee into a bowl. Quickly dip a cookie in the coffee. Place on serving plate. Make two rows of cookies, each with two cookies. Cover these six cookies with frosting. Repeat this five times until you have six layers. Cover tops and sides of the layers with frosting.

Cool in fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.

optional: Grate chocolate shavings on top before serving.

Voila, amazing rich yumminess!


One comment

  1. L’Orientale when I call this place to order food sometimes they don’t have a english speaker to take the order over the phone. I need to call back till a english speaker is there to place the order 4 or 5 times for delivery, I’m happy with the orders mostly (chicken) and sides however no matter what I order it’s always 10,000.00 CFA and the delivery person is always a grumpy guy but that’s the price you pay, Customer Service poor, food not bad to pretty good..

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