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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.

106 replies on “Mocha Marble Cake”

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

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 🙂

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

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??

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. 🙂

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

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 . . .

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

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

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.)

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.



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.

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!

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!

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