Cappuccino cake

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Cuts into 12 slices
If you've offered to bake a treat for a stall or your local coffee morning then this cake stall classic is just the thing

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake base only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal559
  • fat39g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars29g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.72g
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  • 250g pack butter, softened



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  • 250g light soft brown sugar plus 2-3 tbsp
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten



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  • 50g walnuts, toasted and finely chopped (a food processor is easiest), optional



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  • 200ml very strong coffee (made fresh or with instant), cooled

For the frosting

  • 500g tub mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • cocoa powder or drinking chocolate to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the bottoms with greaseproof paper. Beat butter and sugar together with electric beaters until pale and creamy. Add the fl our and eggs in one go and keep beating until evenly mixed. Fold in the walnuts (if using) and half of the coffee. Spoon the mix into the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 mins or until golden and well risen.

  2. Leave the cakes in their tins for 5 mins before turning onto a wire rack. Sweeten the remaining coffee with the extra sugar and sprinkle 4 tbsp over the sponges. Leave to cool completely.

  3. While the cakes cool, make the frosting. Tip the mascarpone into a large bowl and beat in the sugar and remaining coffee until smooth and creamy. Use about half of the frosting to sandwich the sponges together then, using a palette or cutlery knife, spread the rest of the frosting over the top of the cake. Decorate with a dusting of cocoa powder or drinking chocolate. If you’re making this cake to eat at home, it will keep covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.

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Comments (132)

Manu20's picture

I tried this cake during onboard time.. All crew loved this cake...must say they were behind me to make again .. Came out exactly the way you explained.. So moist , sutle taste of coffee and amazingly tasty..
Loved this recipe❤️

georgelikescake's picture

Great recipe! I was unsure about the amount of coffee I was putting into the batter and icing - I thought it might make it too runny. However I went along with it (slowly) and the whole recipe worked perfectly. Delicious cake and icing!

There was so much icing though I also managed to go around the outside edges (no bad thing). I added thorntons cappuccino chocolates on top to decorate, just to up the calorie count!

xmorpheus's picture

Saw this on an FB post from GF about easy baking and they weren't wrong. Actually knocked this up as an evening visitor cake in 90 mins including cooling. Definitely recommend and it's going on my staple bake list

catkins62's picture

Forgot to rate - doh!

catkins62's picture

Made this for my book group girls - it was yumma ☺
Try it!

pboorm's picture

Great recipe! The cake is moist with a rich coffee flavour, plus the mascarpone makes the frosting light and fluffy!

chaconia's picture

Fantastic cake with intense coffee flavour -- I made the cake slightly smaller using 200g butter, 200g soft brown sugar, 240 g self raising flour, 3 eggs and 160 ml strong coffee using 3 heaped tablespoons of good quality instant coffee (nescafe barista style). I added 1 tsp baking powder as self raising flour never gives enough rise. For the icing I used only 250 g tub marscapone but added a small pot of whipped double cream -- this made the topping lighter and less rich. Added all the strong coffee but only a little a time to allow the marscapone to absorb it. Whipped cream gently folded in at the end.

cecile11's picture

Very nice cake and I like the fact that it is not very sweet and that includes the icing. I actually added 1 Tbsp light brown sugar and 1 Tbsp caster sugar in the mascarpone just so it won't be too bland. But I love the mascarpone in the icing. A nice change from the usual overly sweet buttercream.

Tinny29's picture

Really easy cake. I used 4 tsp of instant coffee and did normal buttercream icing. Tasted lovely

stephweth21's picture

Consistently good bake, I always make the coffee as strong as possible (personal preference). I use buttercream instead of mascarpone.

King's picture

Great simple bake. Lovely light sponge. Full of flavour (make the coffee as strong as possible). Will definitely be making again, went down very well.

chakazulu's picture

Made this tonight but instead of using mascarpone I made a coffee butter icing for the middle and a chocolate orange ganach, this worked so well with the coffee it was absolutely divine.

JRV123's picture

Forgot to say, the mascarpone filling and topping went down a treat and worked really well with the cake. In fact, I did carrot cake this weekend and just adapted the filling from the cappuccino recipe; another lovely combination.

I decorated cappuccino cake with mixed flavour chocolate swirls which tasted good (I have a chocolate loving hubby and son) and also looked very effective to boot.

JRV123's picture

Made this a couple of weeks ago as my first attempt at cake baking for a while. It was a very simple recipe to follow and cake was well received by my family; it will definitely be a favourite for future and I'm already planning when to make the next one.
I took a guess at how strong to make the coffee and ended up using 4 generously heaped dessert spoons of a good brand instant coffee to the 200ml liquid; perfect combination in my opinion!

katmam's picture

I took this on a weekend away with friends and they all loved it! I read all the reviews about the coffee flavour not coming through, so I used very strong coffee, 4 rounded tbsp of Nescafe Gold Blend dissolved in the 200mls of water. This gave a rich coffee flavour to the cake (go for level tbsp for a more subtle taste). I would recommend adding the remainder of the coffee gradually to the mascarpone until you get the right flavour.

mrsmongoose4's picture

I made this cake for a Macmillan Coffee morning I hosted. It was lovely and light, and was lovely with a cup of tea or coffee. I will definitely be making this again, going to try making it with gluten free self raising flour next time though :-)

venusspecimen's picture

great cake base, light and fluffy and well baked, but the mascarpone frosting is way too much, if i ever make this again i would only make half of it. (250g of it) otherwise the amount of frosting is too thick and sickly. i would also add 150ml of the coffee into the original sponge mix as its not coming through enough and it leaves too much to then drizzle/soak over the cooling sponges. i'd imagine if youre fairly new to baking then you'd be pleased with result of this but i expected much more depth and interest. with hindsighti also would not actually use mascarpone with this sponge as the cheesy notes of it dont work with coffee in my opinion, i'd use dbl cream instead or even coffee infused butter icing. however yes mine came out and looked exactly as the photo of the one in the recipe so i guess really i ought to be happy with just that.

ruthwilliamson's picture

Excellent recipe. Will be a new favourite

sarahpounde's picture

Made this cake yesterday and there's none left today as it was so soft and yummy it's all been eaten.

emz108's picture

Tried this recipe fo rthe first time yesterday - was quite worried as the cakes didn't seem to rise very much and weighed a ton when I took them out of the oven. However, when I put it all together, it turned out great! The sponge was surprisingly light, and the coffee flavour was quite subtle, despite me putting in the full 200ml (not reading the recipe properly!). Will be definitely be using this again

last edited: 11:48, 3rd Jul, 2013


Questions (3)

leahwhite's picture

This cake can out stodgy. .. and tips on why that may have been? Is this meant to be a light fluffy cake like a Victoria sponge... or a denser cake

catsherbie's picture

This has been been my eldest daughters requested birthday cake for the last 3 years !
She wants it again this year but has asked for cupcakes, how long will I need to bake this recipe I cupcake form ? Many thanks x

chloeS193's picture

Looks amazing, couple of questions though:
1: Unsalted or salted butter?
2: How much is 200ml of coffee in grams? (i'm using instant, not fresh)
3: Lastly, how much tablespoons of instant coffee shall I add into the frosting?
I need some answers before Tuesday please. Would mean a lot, thank you!

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