Light & fluffy chocolate mocha cake

Light & fluffy chocolate mocha cake

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(44 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 8
Have your cake and eat it, with this beautifully decadent low-fat chocolate cake

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal180
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.33g
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  • softened butter, for greasing



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  • 3 large eggs



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  • 85g caster sugar
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
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For the icing and filling

  • 25g dark chocolate, chopped (don't use 75% chocolate, or the icing will be bitter)
  • 1 tbsp strong black coffee
  • 100g light soft cheese
  • 100g 0% Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

To decorate

  • 15g dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly butter and line the bases of 2 x 18cm sandwich tins with baking paper. Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 mins with a tabletop mixer or 10 mins using an electric hand whisk. The mixture will have increased greatly in volume and be thick enough to leave a trail on the surface when the whisk blades are lifted.

  2. Sift the flour, cornflour, cocoa and baking powder over the surface and fold in gently using a large metal spoon. Divide between the tins, gently spreading the mixture to the edges, then bake for 15-20 mins until the cakes are well risen, have begun to shrink away from the sides of the tins and spring back when gently pressed. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 mins, then turn out onto a rack.

  3. To decorate, microwave the chocolate and coffee together on Medium for 20-30 secs until the chocolate has melted. Gently stir until smooth, then cool slightly. Beat the soft cheese with the yogurt and icing sugar until smooth, then spoon half the mixture into a small bowl stir in the melted chocolate and set aside. Place one cake on a serving plate and spread with the yogurt mixture. Cover with the other cake, then spread the chocolate yogurt mixture over the top.

  4. To finish, microwave the 15g chocolate on Medium for about 20 secs until melted. Stir gently until smooth, then drizzle all over the cake.

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Comments (57)

blulou's picture

I strongly suspect that Good Food are employing a large staff of food stylists - its nigh on impossible to make anything resembling the photos and this isnt the worst example by a country mile. The cake itself isnt too bad, as far as this kind of sponge goes but the trouble is it needs a really fatty and creamy and chocolatey filling and icing to make it into a decent chocolate cake. I made it only as a favour to a friend who'd seen it in the mag, after reading the comments I really wouldnt bother normally. Somethings arent worth messing with quite frankly, just make a really nice one but just for special occasions. I'd recommend the ultimate choc mousse for a less dangerous choccy hit, for weightwatchers propointers like my friend i worked it out at 6 points per portion btw

mrsvkay's picture

The sponge itself was not bad, the taste is perhaps dependent upon the quality of the cocoa powder that you use. As with all whisked sponges it will only rise if you are very careful when folding in the flour. I made the topping as per the recipe and it was utterly ghastly, far too acidic to dress a cake with, which is the reason I've lowered the rating. So that was scrapped and the cake ended up filled with whipped cream and topped with a dark chocolate ganache, so all in all I might just as well have made a traditional chocolate sponge!

hurra03's picture

I only read the comments after I made it, but the negative ones were spot on....the ingredients could never make a cake looking like the picture....this could though: (whose measurements make much more sense).

I think you could only get the picture if you did twice the mix. And it was dense. Yep - made according to recipe, everything sfted and at room temp.

Should be renamed Frisbee Cake.

chrissie777's picture

This recipe was a real disappointment - I wish i'd scrolled down to read the other comments left! I too had the frisbee effect plus bitter icing.

I can't believe that they were satisfied enough with this recipe to post on here after testing...unless it needs a chef type flare for some reason...but then it shouldn't be classed as moderately easy!!

greenlung's picture

Gosh, really surprised at the comments. Made this cake for my son's b'day at his request when he saw pic in magazine so it was Jan'10. It came out lovely and tasted gorgeous, but I did not use the filling as in the recipe used plain cream/ creme fraiche. Such was the success made it since then again and was fine that time also. Curiouser and curiouser!!

itsame's picture

Sorry to say this is a terrible recipe - actually think BBCGF should remove it from the site. Unfortunately I hadn't read through all of the reviews before buying all of the ingredients and starting to bake :( Despite making the various improvements mentioned here, I got the same inevitable results as other reviewers - it was very flat, bland and didn't really taste at all of coffee. Complete waste of time and ingredients - avoid!

nimmie999's picture

Used this recipe as we wanted a 'light and fluffy' cake. Very disappointed. It came out the oven flat and tasted literally like a bath sponge. Do not make!

fashionista25's picture

FrannyAnnie- I have never made this cake due to the disappointed comments, but if it is the low fat brownies with mayonnaise (sounds weird but it works) you are thinking of trying, i have made them several times and they are amazing!

rhi_100's picture

I have to disagree with previous comments. I made this back in March, and found it deliscious. It was lovely and light, and I liked that it wasn't as sweet as other chocolate cakes. I found the filling and topping really tasty. I was slightly disapointed that the cakes didn't rise as much as I was expecting (compared to the picture). But apart from that, a really nice low fat alternative!

sazbaz7's picture

Left the coffee out the second time I made this as it was too bitter.
Otherwise I thought it was quite good for a low fat option.

thegardner's picture

I have just tried to make this cake twice, used the exact ingredients, followed the instructions given and each time it came out totally flat just like a frisbee. On the second attempt, I tried putting the mixture into just one baking tin hoping that it would rise and I could have cut this in two. This didn't work either; if I had cut into two it still looked like two frisbees.

Can only assume that I had either mixed the sugar and eggs too long or not long enough but I have never had a cake turn out like this before.

I was most disappointed and didn't even bother with the icing as this would have been another waste of time and ingredients.

ncsh556's picture

i made this and come back to comment too. complete rubbish and a total waste of time and ingredients. i can make cakes very well normally and this didnt rise, and came out of the oven looking like 2 frisbees. the icing didnt save it either as it was far far too runny. like someone has already said i would rather make a 'full fat' cake and eat less of it. i tipped it into the bin.

eleanormayo's picture

I agree - a big disappointment! I also had high hopes as the batter looked good and it baked well, but was rather like eating a bath sponge.

dna921's picture

Thanks for the comments (should have added I kinda knew about comments being unavailable for the time) it is nice to know why recipes on here are getting such low ratings & it was a real problem not to be able to see comments when experiences are important to know what to try & what not to. Thanks again for that

frannymatt's picture

Totally agree with Isobel! The sponge was totally tasteless and felt almost plastic in your mouth. I made it for my Dad's birthday and was so disappointed I came back to post a comment, but the site wouldn't allow comments at that time. Still really disappointed so made the effort to come back and post this comment! I'm trying the chocolate brownies next - let's hope they fare a bit better!

isobelmoore's picture

I rated this as one star a few weeks ago, but was unable to post a comment until today!

We made this with high hopes. The cake baked beautifully, smelt chocolatey and came together easily. However, it was NOT nice to eat! The filling was too acid from the yoghurt and cream cheese, which is fine for a sweet carrot cake but not chocolate, and the icing was bitter - even with more sugar than in the recipe. The sponge itself was utterly tasteless. We'd rather have a "proper" chocolate cake, but less often, than "have our cake and eat it" with this one - which didn't work anyway, as we couldn't bring ourselves to eat it! Hugely disappointing.

dna921's picture

We were rather interested in making this cake one time. However, since there are so many low scores for it we havn't made it yet. It would be nice to know why this cake is so bad if anyone cares to share their experiences of attempting to make it


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