Source: Betty Crocker® Cookbook

Café au Lait Cake
Enjoy your java by the forkful! This cool and delicious chocolate dessert features the popular coffee flavor found at coffee shops everywhere!
Serves: 12-16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee, (dry)
1 1/3 cups water
1 package Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee, (dry)
1 tablespoon cool water
1 tub Betty Crocker® Whipped milk chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
1 1/2 cups frozen (thawed) Whipped topping
Chocolate-covered espresso beans, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottoms only of 2 round pans, 8x1 1/2 or 9x1 1/2 inches.
2. Dissolve 1 tablespoon coffee in 1 1/3 cups water. Beat coffee mixture, cake mix, oil and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Pour into pans.
3. Bake 8-inch rounds 33 to 38 minutes, 9-inch rounds 28 to 33 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around side of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. Dissolve 2 teaspoons coffee in 1 tablespoon cool water. Stir 2 teaspoons of the coffee mixture into frosting. Mix whipped topping and remaining coffee mixture in medium bowl; gently stir in 1/4 cup of the frosting mixture.
5. Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate. Spread with half of the whipped topping mixture (about 3/4 cup) to within 1/4 inch of edge. Place other layer, rounded side up, on top. Frost side and top of cake with frosting. Pipe remaining whipped topping mixture around top of cake. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until chilled. Garnish top of cake with espresso beans. Store covered in refrigerator.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft)
Do not use 8" pans. Heat oven to 375°F. Dissolve 1 Tbsp coffee in 1 1/2 cups water. Add 2 Tbsp Gold Medal® all-purpose flour to cake mix. Decrease oil to 1 Tbsp. Beat on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Bake 9" pans 32 to 37.