Nutty Mocha Layer Cake

Ingredients

  •   Cake Layers:
  • 1/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons  instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup  boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons  butter, cut in pieces
  • 1-1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2   eggs
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons  vanilla
  •   Filling:
  • 1 large  banana
  • 2 teaspoons  fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 cups  halved maraschino cherries
  •   White Chocolate Cream Frosting:
  • 2 teaspoons  unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons  cold water
  • 3 cups  heavy cream
  • 6 ounces  premier white-chocolate baking bars, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons  vanilla
  •   Garnish:
  • 1 cup  chopped Brazilian nuts or blanched almonds, toasted
  •   Whole maraschino cherries and chocolate curls

Description

Finish A Dinner Party In Style With This Stunning Cake. Thin Mocha Cake Layers Are Filled With Alternating Layers Of Banana Slices And Cherries And The Whole Cake Is Spread With White Chocolate Frosting.

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