Mocha Marble Cake

It appears as though there has been a veritable dearth of dessert-centric recipes added to this blog in the past month. Though it is true that my taste for the savoury is far more prevalent than my sweet tooth, such an oversight shouldn’t go unchecked for too long. After all, the food blogging community appears to be primarily composed of the fairer sex and we all know how much you lot enjoy a jolly good cake or cookie – not that you or I would usually admit to such a slanderous remark being founded in truth. Anyway, it is clearly my place to apologies for my collective gender for the lack of frugal desserts – I’m truly sorry.

Marble cake is either an inspired and exciting invention, or it is a pointless foray into the clutches of gastronomic vanity. The effect produced by marbling is undoubtedly visually appealing, but the main consideration when baking should be the taste of what has been produced. Since this is supposed to be a mocha cake, shouldn’t every aspect of it taste of both chocolate and coffee? As it stands only two-thirds of the cake can claim to be part of any mocha-flavoured treaty and there is no guarantee that each mouthful consumed will taste of what it is supposed to. It appears as though my own personal jury is out on this one chaps, particularly since the cake in question does have a truly remarkable taste. Perhaps the ultimate answer lies in the icing of the cake, it does, after all, have the inimitable ability to stitch all of the collective flavours together in a pseudo-blanket of mocha-flavoured bliss.

Mocha Marble Cake

Makes one 18” cake


For the sponge –

• 2 eggs

• 170g caster sugar

• 170g butter or margarine

• 220g plain flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 2 tsp golden syrup

• 3 tbsp greek yoghurt

• 2 tsp instant coffee granules or powder

• 1 tsp dark cocoa powder

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing –

• 200g cream cheese

• 2 tbsp icing sugar

• 30g dark chocolate, melted

• 4 tsp instant coffee granules or powder

• 30g butter, softened


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and grease an 18cm cake tin. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Stir in the golden syrup and 2 tbsp of the yoghurt. Mix together the flour and the baking powder and sift gently into the mixture, fold until just incorporated.

2. Separate the basic mixture into 3 equal amounts. Add the vanilla essence to one; the cocoa powder and 1 more tbsp. of yoghurt to another; and the coffee powder to the last. Dollop this into the bottom of the cake tin, alternating the flavours to give a marble effect. Smooth the top and bake for 55 mins to an hour.

3. Once the cake has been left to cool and has been turned out make the icing by beating together all of the ingredients listed above – it should have a mousse-like consistency. Decorate as you wish, it may be a little coffee speckled but don’t worry about that. Keep refrigerated.

Cost: Most cakes made at home turn out to be fairly reasonably priced, especially considering they are ridiculously overpriced elsewhere. This cake, in particular, will set one back around £1.60. In other words, this cake is a bargain.

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106 comments on “Mocha Marble Cake

  1. grainne
    April 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

    ooooh look at that, yummy. You have given me a yen for somthing gooey and lovely like that!

  2. promenadeplantings
    April 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I see you are firing on all cylinders this morning what with references to “pseudo-blanket of mocha-flavoured bliss.” ! I’m not a great fan of icing, it generally maks a cake too sweet for me, and am wondering if I just prefer this cake naked so to speak

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Haha! Thanks! This icing is barely sweet at all – you should try it.

  3. mondomulia
    April 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Uhhh that looks delicious! Must try it myself soon!

  4. thelittleloaf
    April 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You should never go too long without cake, it’s bad for the soul 🙂 Hopefully all my sweet toothed recipes have been rubbing off on you!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Oh yes… very bad indeed. I feel that they must have been, Loaf!

  5. Chica Andaluza
    April 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Gorgeous and brings back memories of my beloved Grandmother. She used to make all the birthday cakes for friends, family and half the street and ice them like this! I wasn´t a huge chocolate fan and when I was younger coffee icing was considered a bit “sophisticated” for me, so Mocha was the perfect solution 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Wonderful! Mocha is always a perfect solution :D.

  6. calmyourbeans
    April 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

  7. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    April 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Used to make marble cake a lot when my kids were small; like the addition of coffee part … chocolate + coffee = bliss.

  8. Karen
    April 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I haven’t had a mocha cake in years. It was a favorite of my mother.

  9. Choc Chip Uru
    April 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    What a gorgeous looking marble cake? I certainly wish that slice you cut out was for me 😉
    Absolute decadence 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks! I’m very sorry that it has all gone!

  10. So Does That Mean I'm Southern
    April 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Love This!! Southern girls love their chocolate and their cake. However, when we add yogurt to the cake, it is considered HEALTHY!

  11. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    April 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Used to be my favorite cake as a child! Thanks!

  12. Mojo Madness
    April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Looks delicious. Even though I’m not a big cake person, might have to try this one out!

  13. Jenevieve
    April 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Cream cheese, chocolate and coffee…what more could a person want in a recipe? This looks fantastic!

  14. Sara
    April 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Looks great. I only wish my savory tooth was stronger than my sweet tooth.

  15. heidi
    April 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This looks beautiful. I love the decision to skip the icing on the sides.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Heidi! I never really bother with icing on the side!

  16. Liz Tesar
    April 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This looks fantastic! I wish I could eat my screen.

  17. Just A Smidgen
    April 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    One could tenderly slice the cake in half and insert said “pseudo-blanket of mocha flavored bliss” down the middle.. and then all bites would be equal;) Loved this.. and would love a nice big wedge on a plate with my coffee this morning! As all bloggers of the fairer sex or otherwise would, if they were to be completely honest… xo Smidge

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      On could, but surely it does the same job on the top, Smidge? However, two layers of bliss does sound… blissful. Yes, I believe honestly is the best policy here.

      • Just A Smidgen
        April 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

        Only because you mentioned trying to get mocha in every bite:) It looks perfect just as it is… xo

  18. An Unrefined Vegan
    April 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I have the opposite problem – my posts tend towards the sweet things. I enjoy baking more than cooking, I suppose…Anyway, the marble cake is mouthwatering!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Very interesting :D. We should do a poll.

      • An Unrefined Vegan
        April 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        It’s funny – read a post today on The Veggie Nook where Gabby says that she’s going to try and make more savory recipes since her blog tends to have more of the sweet kind. Had a chuckle at that. I like the idea of a poll! Think it would follow gender??

        • frugalfeeding
          April 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          Haha. I think it would, roughly… though not entirely, obviously.

  19. ohmygoodygoodness
    April 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I am with you, I am not so much for the sweets, but I love a good dinner! Having said that, this cake looks amazing. You can just look and see how moist it is! Love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Ah – you are bucking the trend, stop it! Haha. It was delicious.

  20. creativenoshing
    April 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, I have had to restrain myself on the sweet posts and add more savory– to balance it out. So your assumptions of the fairer sex can be founded at least here.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Haha! Awesome, it was just a general observation – it probably isn’t entirely true.

  21. shuhan
    April 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I am much like you, I go for savoury more often than the sweets, but definitely can appreciate a good dessert when I see one!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      It’s definitely the way to go, but I shall try and keep more of a balance.

  22. Karista
    April 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hahaha!! Well done Frugal! Love this post and you gave me a good laugh this morning. The cake looks divine and I’d love a slice right now with my coffee. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad I always make you laugh :D. Oh yes, this + coffee = heaven.

  23. threeblondesandatomas
    April 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    this looks so yummy!!!

  24. ceciliag
    April 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    gorgeous, yoghurt in a cake just adds that lovely moistness.. c

  25. egg me on
    April 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Great post! Way to give the people what they want. 😉 I could probably just eat the mocha frosting all by itself.

  26. baconbiscuit212
    April 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I also skew more savory than sweet . . . that goes for salty humor as well!

    But I have nothing salty to say about this; it looks like a delicious, moist, lovely cake! I have to bake more . . .

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks! I need to bake more too, a cake is a rather nice treat for when one gets home from work.

  27. ashkitty
    April 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    thats loos so luxurious! and YUM!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Oh yes! It was, perfect for cake and coffee in the morning.

  28. theveggievore
    April 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Desserts are in the air. And this one? YES, please!

  29. theintrepidbaker
    April 5, 2012 at 1:17 am

    OOHH!!!!!!!!! great minds think alike!!! i made a green tea chocolate marble cake a couple of days ago. I definitely want to try your recipe. I’ve never tried greek yogurt in cakes before. interested in how the taste will turn out

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Haha! They do indeed. I hope you do try it – it’s worth it.

  30. the Jilb
    April 5, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Coffee and chocolate? Yes, please! Your cake looks fabulous!

  31. onceuponarecipe
    April 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I can’t imagine ever turning down a slice of cake, and this one would be no exception. Looks divine!

  32. thekalechronicles
    April 5, 2012 at 3:33 am

    This may be the first time I’ve seen a marble cake with three batters, rather than two. Well done, Nick. And that frosting sounds just right.

  33. Villy
    April 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Why can I not grab it through my computer screen? Why?

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Because if you could… the world would be different.

  34. mamagwen
    April 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

    A mocha marble cake. Why did I not think of that? Chocolate and coffee are meant to go together, this looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! And I love your icing, not much sugar in it, that’s my kind of icing. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely give it a go

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks! They are indeed. I don’t like over-sweet icing…

  35. Bam's Kitchen
    April 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It is quite a good “jolly old Cake”!!! Great with a spot of tea.

  36. myentertainingthoughts
    April 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Yum! Mocha! Looks so yummy!

  37. Sally
    April 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    this cake looks PERFECT! like straight out of a magazine perfect. i love marble cakes 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      April 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Now that is a compliment – thanks so much, Sally 😀

  38. A WAH Mom's Point of View
    April 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Looks delicious!

  39. Purely.. Kay
    April 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I LOVE what you’ve done with this cake. And you know I love chocolate lol. I can’t wait to save this recipe.. my mother will love it

  40. tanyamhudson
    April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Yum! I’ve only ever made marble cakes with two different flavors, but I love that this one has three. And it looks delicious! (Though, like you, I’m generally more partial to savory than sweet.)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Haha – it’s because I’m greedy. Savory rules 😀

  41. twinecities
    April 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    This looks great. A good marble cake is my favourite type of cake.

    Thanks for being our very first comment on our very first post, by the way!


    • frugalfeeding
      April 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks! This was my first, but I loved it. No problem, Rachel 🙂

  42. Layla James
    April 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Reblogged this on I Am Layla James: and commented:
    I need this…. NOW! ~Layla

  43. Julie @ happygoodtime
    April 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

    The title of this cake alone made my mouth water. The photos made me weak in the knees. A must try, for sure.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Haha! Then it has succeeded in its objective…

  44. Korena in the Kitchen
    April 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Looks tasty! I love the cream cheese coffee chocolate icing.

  45. creativeboys
    April 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I agree home made food, pastries are way cheaper. I am not a fan of coffee, maybe I could try replacing coffee with other flavours. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  46. loverbean
    April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Hello Frugal,

    I would like to apologize if my “brilliant” comment was offensive or stereotypical… The boyfriend and I had literally landed in London when I checked my email and saw your yummy post. The first thing a nice gentleman said to us after helping us directions was “brilliant.”

    Anyway, I have several upcoming posts of lemon experiences from our wonderful week in London and York, one of which happened to be a delicious and reasonable lunch of a lemon shrimp wrap and lemon drizzle cake in the Victoria Albert Museum cafe.

    It’s been my goal to post at least one entry under each menu tab on my blog before heading back to recipes. Unlike you, mine lean toward the sweet and I hope to focus more on the savory side of things.

    I am curious if you ever tried the lemony olive oil chocolate chunk banana bread/cake though and if so, what you thought.



    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Hah! No. I’ll make sure I keep half an eye on your blog as often as I can spare it :). Good luck with the blog. I’m afraid I didn’t – I rarely get a chance to cook anything but what I post on my blog, I’m a very busy chap :D. Thanks for the comment, LoverBean.

  47. cakeboule
    April 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I know when I get on here I am like no comment on just one post and then I can’t help myself I blame you. Love the cake – simple and one you want to dig into. In English style I better say Bravo!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Jacqueline! I’m awfully sorry for adding time onto your day!

  48. lambyknits01
    April 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Ladies do love sweets, and we thank you for sharing this mocha cake concoction! 🙂 I do love the look of a marble cake, and this us for sure on my long list if recipes to try. Thank you!