- Genoise, split into 3 or 4 layers
- Buttercream flavored with coffee (p. 424)
- Dessert syrup flavored with coffee or coffee liqueur
- Moisten the cake layers with syrup. Sandwich them together with buttercream.
- Ice top and sides smoothly with buttercream.
- Decorate as desired with a pastry bag filled with additional buttercream. Chocolate decorations are also appropriate. Sides may be masked with toasted, sliced almonds, if desired.