mocha cake-bar cookies

by Bev
(AZ)

The bakery in a small MN town made something called mocha cakes. A dense white cake, cut into squares and frosted on all sides with a white frosting and rolled in chopped peanuts. I need the recipe for the cake, I can probably figure out the frosting and peanut part.

Comments for mocha cake-bar cookies

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 14, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Dave's Bakery, Dassel MN NEW
by: JoAnn Mills Knutson

I worked in the Dassel (MN) Bakery when I was in high school 50 years ago. They had terrific Mocha bars! I helped make these so saw the process first hand. They used regular sheet cakes that were frozen, cut the cakes, frosted them with the same glaze as glazed donuts, and then I rolled them in chopped peanuts. Many bakeries now use the fluffy cake frosting. They don't taste nearly as good. People came from miles around because this bakery was so good.

Jul 09, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha schmoka! NEW
by: Anonymous

We always called these Peanut Croquettes!!! I think it is a fine name for them, because as most of you say, there is not a drop of anything in it to make it mocha. My aunt Ella made them all the time and beings back great memories of a great baker when I have found them! I recently found them at Hy Vee, (they call them Blarney Stones) and on a good day I have also gotten them from the Northfield, MN bakery, but they do not have them always. I am trying to make them for the first time today. I have frozen the cake, as my aunt had told me it is easier to frost all sides and trying the peanut butter, butter powdered sugar recipe on half and minus the peanut butter on the other half. I am also using the dry peanuts. Fingers crossed it goes well!!

Jan 02, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Are you referring to the bakery in Wells, MN? NEW
by: Anonymous

She makes delicious Mocha cakes!

Jan 03, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Cold Spring Bakery NEW
by: Anonymous

I have to laugh at the Jan 1st comment because I was just in the Cold Spring Bakery on Dec 30th and saw a tray of Mocha Cakes! I was tempted, but I went for the Peppermint Dream Cake instead. Might have to make the trek back to Cold Spring though for a mocha cake...and another Dream cake.

Jan 03, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
My Great grandmother "invented" these! NEW
by: Just another Turek girl

There was a contest at the bakery, open to all of the employees, to create a new feature dessert. My great grandmother, Helen Turek, created this recipe, and they've been a hit ever since! While I won't tell you the precise recipe, I will tell you the story of the name.

It isn't MOCHA cake, it's MOLKA cake... like POLKA. Most of the people in that town, Montgomery, are all of Czech descent, but there are many people from other Slavic areas of the Balkans. At the turn of the last century, that area of the world was run by both the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the North, and the Ottoman Empire, in the South. Molka is actually a Middle Persian word, and since the upper classes of Ottoman Turks all spoke and wrote Persian as the preferred language, this makes sense...

I can't wait to tell my mom that grandma Helen's cakes are famous on the internet!

Jan 01, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Balls ( grandma Boggas) NEW
by: Bev Carson

1 cup sugar
1 and 2/3 cup flour
2 tsp bkg powder
Pinch salt
2 eggs broken in a cup fill cup to 1 cup with milk, add to dry ingredients bake 350 degrees 30 min in a shallow 9x 12 pan

Candy coating- 1 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 3 tbsp cream melt over warm water and flavour ( you will need 3 batches)

Roll in crushed peanuts ( shelling from scratch and rolling with a rolling pin is worth the effort)

Jan 01, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Balls ( grandma Boggas) NEW
by: Bev Carson

1 cup sugar
1 and 2/3 cup flour
2 tsp bkg powder
Pinch salt
2 eggs broken in a cup fill cup to 1 cup with milk, add to dry ingredients bake 350 degrees 30 min in a shallow 9x 12 pan

Candy coating- 1 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 3 tbsp cream melt over warm water and flavour ( you will need 3 batches)

Roll in crushed peanuts ( shelling from scratch and rolling with a rolling pin is worth the effort)

Jan 01, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Cold Spring Bakery NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing recipes. I have been in love with the Cold Spring Bakery's version of Mocha Squares since I was a little girl. I can never get the cake crumb to be as tender and light as theirs. I think the hot milk version may be the key.

Dec 22, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Almond Mocha Cakes NEW
by: Shari a

We make these delightful treats every Christmas, but instead of a white frosting we use almond flavored frosting.

Nov 12, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
MN Mocha Bar Recipe NEW
by: Anonymous

I've always wondered why these are called mocha bars. Here's my Great Grandma's recipe.
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. scalding milk
1 1/4 c. flour
pinch of salt
2 egg whites
Mix dry ingredients well. Scald the milk and pour over dry mixture. Stir well. Beat egg whits and fold in. Bake in 8x8 pan for 20 minutes. Cool wee and cut into pieces. Cover with powder sugar frosting and roll in ground peanuts.

Mar 20, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
MN Mocha cakes NEW
by: Anonymous

Arlington MN Kick's bakery has wonderful Mocha cakes. Had some yesterday!

Dec 03, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha bars NEW
by: Katie Sears

I've seen a lot of recipes for mocha bars but none of them call for strong coffee in the frosting. I thought that was why they were called MOCHA bars. My recipe is for a yellow sponge cake cut into 2x3 rectangles and frosted on all sides with a coffee frosting, then rolled in ground peanuts. They are heavenly! You HAVE to have coffee in the frosting or they are not mocha bars!

Jul 22, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thank you NEW
by: Janine

I want to give all of you a huge thank you for posting your Mocha Cake recipes. I grew up eating these every Christmas at my grandmas and when I was 30 yrs old (now 39) she gave me the recipe. However about 5 yrs later I had moved so many times I had lost the recipe and when I asked her about the recipe she couldn't remember any longer how to make them. Just this past Friday my grandmother passed away and made me think of these cakes and now I have some recipes to play around with to see if I can get her recipe going again. I know it had cake flour in it and the frosting was never too heavy so I thank you all for posting the recipes you had!

Jun 08, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Bars- North Dakota receipe NEW
by: rblom

here's the recipe I found from a Grafton ND cook book from the 60's
1 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 tbs butter, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour. Method: heat milk and butter. add remaining ingredients. bake at 350 for 20 minutes until done. cool. cut in squares. spread the following on squares: 2 mixture of 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla. then roll in ground peanuts

Apr 12, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
mocha bars w peanuts NEW
by: Anonymous

i believe the cake is an angel food or a version

Dec 19, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
mocha cakes NEW
by: cheryl

i always make a hot milk sponge cake for the base, tastes as good as any pound cake i have ever had, making mine today...dec 19th

Nov 24, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Irish Blarney Stones NEW
by: Carla

The older Betty Crocker cookbooks list them as Blarney Stones. We always make them for St. Patrick's Day to give as gifts or sell at bake sales. They are made with a traditional sponge cake in a 9x13 pan. Cut into 24 pieces and frost cubes on all six sides with a buttercream icing, then roll in chopped peanuts. Hint: they are easier to frost if you freeze the cut pieces first.

Nov 24, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Irish Blarney Stones NEW
by: Carla

The older Betty Crocker cookbooks list them as Blarney Stones. We always make them for St. Patrick's Day to give as gifts or sell at bake sales. They are made with a traditional sponge cake in a 9x13 pan. Cut into 24 pieces and frost cubes on all six sides with a buttercream icing, then roll in chopped peanuts. Hint: they are easier to frost if you freeze the cut pieces first.

Nov 08, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha cakes NEW
by: Cindy

From Minnesota also and used to get these at the Chaska, MN. bakery and they make them in the bakery at the currant Fresh Seasons store on State HiWay 5 in Victoria, MN. They are just the best--and I hate mocha!!! If these have any coffee in them, I can't taste it at all. I've had them with angel food cake and with white or chocolate cake and like the white cake the best. Going to try the recipe below with the pudding mix in it.

Jul 12, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Cake Bars NEW
by: Winnows

Hello!

Mocha Cakes are a cherished recipe of my husband's family. His grandmother made them often for family functions. My husband's uncle owns a bakery in Flandreau, SD and he still makes them according to her recipe. I believe it is the only bakery in Flandreau, and it is quite popular throughout most of South Dakota, or so they tell me. If you're in the area, ask!


Dec 05, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
My Favorites , also from NB NEW
by: Tammy

Love these ...I use a pound cake , frozen , cut into squares, covered with thinner frosting , rolled in fine then course peanuts . These are called Mocha cakes here as well...I was online looking for a good pound cake recipe as I usually buy the pound cake, but I have the time this year & money is tight


Dec 04, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Cakes NEW
by: Kitti

Maggi, how coincidental as I'm in New Brunswick and have been looking for the recipe for ages. My Gram always made them @ Christmas and I remember her using a squre pound cake, cut in squares, dipped in coloured pink or green soupy icing and rolled in coconut and placed on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. She also used plain white soupy icing sugar and dipped those in chopped peanuts. l

It's amazing as I've asked at local bakeries and they have no idea what I'm talking about.

Happy Christmas!!

Kitti

Nov 28, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
WOW! NEW
by:

My mother always made these at Christmas, Nova Scotia. They were my fav! Looked forever for the recipe, thanks a million!!!

Maggi

Nov 09, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha-Peanut cake
by: Lesley Stauffer

As far back as I can remember (I'm 65) my mother made me what she (& grandma) called Mocha Peanut Cake for my birthdays. There is nothing like it this side of heaven! :-) My Grandma (Rawson) Stauffer grew up in Fairibault, MN. and she taught it to my mom. I didn't know anything about these Mocha Cake-bars to which you are referring. I do know that the butter cream frosting had a Tablespoon of coffee in it (hence the "mocha"). Mother would run peanuts through the grinder and then press them on the top into the frosting. I wish she were alive to make one today---or at the very least, tell me the recipe! :-)

Sep 20, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
mocha cakes
by: Anonymous

I have been searching for the recipe for the frosting and had one called baker's icing..We have since moved and I can not find the recipe. It was not a cooked frosing. It contained egg whites, syrup, powdered sugar and I can not remember the other ingredients. Does anyone know of such a recipe?

Jan 16, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Grandma's Mocha peanut squares
by: DataQueen

My grandma's mocha peanut squares were the best. I do not have her frosting recipe, but her cake was made like this:
1 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (but use more if rolling in unsaled peanuts)
1 cup hot milk
2 egg whites beaten until frothy

Sift 5 times, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Pour the hot milk into the dry mixture and beat. Fold in the two beaten egg whites. Bake in a 9 x 9 greased pan at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. When cool cut in squares and dip in runny frosting and then roll in ground (or finely chopped) peanuts.

May 01, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
From MN
by: Ardie CO

I remember so well the bakery, they were the best. I want to make the mocha cakes also but I can't help but wonder how messy the job is.

Feb 28, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Mocha Cake
by: SaraBNew

I live in MN and remember these cakes too! I was just introduced to an easier recipe and it's pretty good.
1 white cake mix
2 eggs
1 3oz box Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 cups milk
Mix well and bake in a jelly roll pan at 350 degrees. For the frosting it's 2 cups powdered sugar, couple dollops of peanut butter and a little milk for the desired consistency. Cover with chopped salted peanuts. Just made them for a reception at church and everyone loved them! My question is why are they called mocha?

Apr 17, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I was looking too!
by: Laura

My Great Aunt Bea was famous in our family for making mocha cakes (also in MN). She is long gone but when I asked my grandmother for the recipe I got this cake recipe. I haven't tried it yet but plan to today. I was looking on line for the icing when I found a link to Mocha Cakes in a cookbook from 1918. The link is:
http://www.bartleby.com/87/r1600.html

Whipped Cream Cake
Mix the following until well blended
1 1/2 c sugar
2 c cake flour (sifted)
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 c cold water

1 cup whipping cream - whip until stiff
3 egg whites - beaten until stiff

fold both into batter with 1 tsp vanilla

bake in a greased and floured 9x13 or two round layer cake pans
bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes

Apr 01, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I recall these bars!
by: Anonymous

I was thinking about these little cakes today! But my search only turns up our current mocha/coffee flavor. Will check back to see if anyone has recipe.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Questions About Decorating a Cake.

looking for something in particular?

If you want to find something in a hurry? No Problem. Find the answers you need here:

search this site

Custom Search

still have questions?

If you still have any questions about baking, assembling or decorating a cake, ask them here!

keep the excitement going

Never be short of a great cake idea at a moment's notice.

Sign up for the "Too Nice To Slice" newsletter and get fantastic insider tips, tricks and out of the box cake decorating ideas delivered right to your inbox.

Email

Name

Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you 'Too Nice To Slice'.

share the love

If you like what you see, why not share this site with your friends? There's always something new baking around here.