A majestic mocha layering of cake, frosting and chopped pecans.
- In large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, 1 1/4 cups coffee, oil and eggs. Mix according to package directions. Pour batter into 3 (9 inch) round greased and floured cake pans. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (15-20 minutes).
- Cool 10 minutes in pans on wire racks; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla and 5 tablespoons coffee. Measure 1 cup frosting; set aside. Stir 1 cup of the pecans into remaining frosting. Place first cake layer upside down on serving plate; frost top only with half of pecan frosting. Add second layer right side up; frost top only with remaining pecan frosting. Add third layer right side up; frost top only with plain frosting. Sprinkle remaining pecans over top of cake.
- If you do not have three (9 inch) round cake pans, refrigerate the extra batter while the first 2 layers bake, then bake the third layer.
- To make double-strength coffee, use 2 tablespoons coffee granules for each 6 ounce cup brewed.