Chococcino cake

Chococcino cake

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(60 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins Ready in 40 minutes


Cuts into 8 slices
We know you all love coffee cake as much as chocolate cake, so why not combine the two?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Sponge only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal805
  • fat59g
  • saturates35g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars46g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.07g
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For the sponge

  • 200g soft, butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tsp baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 85g good-quality cocoa powder, such as Cafédirect or Green & Black's
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg



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  • 2 tbsp milk



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For the filling and icing

  • 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp very strong coffee (see tip below)
  • 50g dark chocolate, for grating


  1. Heat the oven, line the tins and make the sponge as described in the 'goes well with' recipe, sifting the cocoa powder with the flour and baking powder.

  2. For the filling, beat the mascarpone and sugar together, then beat in the coffee. Use half the mix to sandwich the cakes and spread the other half over the top, swirling with the back of a spoon to make pointy curls. Finely grate the chocolate over the top, then serve.

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Comments (89)

s70bah's picture

Hi, what size tins do I use? thanks

jerseylene's picture

Just substituted the coffee for passion fruit juice and decorated with strawberries, delicious!

sarah1004's picture

Made this cake for my daughter's birthday and her comment was 'best cake ever'. It really is a lovely cake and the coffee icing is delicious. As has been mentioned before, you only need 4 teapsoons of coffee to 4 teaspoons of water - not tablespoons as recipe states. Also I found 250g mascarpone was enough. Will be making it over and over again!

sarah_aldridge's picture

Made this cake for my boyfriend as a thank you present, I let him ice it and found we had quite a bit left over. But i tried microwaving the leftovers and found it made a lovely sauce to add. Overall its a lovely recipe!

itvbadfood's picture

It should not be 4 tablespoons of coffee that gives a brown thin mixture not the creamy thick topping/filling as in the picture

rachel4500's picture

This was a lovely cake- made for a birthday. I would have preferred to have the whole recipe in one place but the supplementary recipe wasn't hard to find so it wasn't a major problem.
It was straightforward to make and tasted great.

electric_hippy's picture

This recipe is terrible. Firstly, why can't they just integrate the recipe they reference - nearly couldn't find this 'goes well with' recipe if it wasn't for the comments underneath. Secondly, I tried making the icing but the recipe asks for too much liquid (I did 4 tbsp coffee + 4 tbsp water as stated. Really should be half this amount) and went pretty horrible and curdled. Ended up trying to rescue it by adding LOADS of icing sugar, but feel like I've just wasted 500g mascarpone.

sarah_pickthall's picture

I'm a bit confused, and I when I made the mascarpone cream it split when I added the coffee mix, even though I left it to go cold?

Any tips?? :)

hollyswann's picture

The topping and filling was the most delicious thing I have ever tasted (though I did add less coffee as people suggested) and licking out the bowl was better than eating the actual thing! I found with the cake the filling was slightly overpowered though, and didn't necersarily work as well as you'd think it might.
The cake itself was extremely strong, and next time I will add less cocoa or maybe more sugar. It was dense and moist (though I added extra milk and will probably add a little more next time) - definitely one for chocolate lovers!

degmo1's picture

omg like i used this recipe and it actually worked for th frst time ty who eva done this recipe i got over 400 pounds for cooking ty like this is cool! swayy!

bluesnicket's picture

Excellent recipe. I baked this for my sister's birthday and everyone enjoyed it. The only changes I made from other people's suggestions (thanks everyone!) was in the icing, I cut the mascarpone to 350g and used 4 tsp coffee in 4 tb water which I allowed to cool. Luckily I remembered not to use all the liquid in my mascarpone or it would have been very runny. It was just lightly coffee flavoured. I will definitely make again and I think I will try it in cupcakes. Thanks Barney!

ruthy1972's picture

This cake is very rich and very moreish! I think next time I make it I will use slightly less mascarpone as there was a lot but well worth making and very easy to do.

cocojo's picture

Yum! Yum! Yum! Took the advise of the others and added the coffee flavouring slowly so not to add too much to the mascarpone. Everyone loved it!

mamachef's picture

A lovely cake! Made it as a birthday cake and was gone within 24hours, a real hit! And the coffee mascarpone topping is delicious, though i did reduce the coffee a little so it was not too over-powering. ill definately make this again and soon!

susannahgrammar's picture

I only gave this 3 stars because of difficulties with the recipe - as a number of other users have reported, although I think the individual flavours are lovely.

I also had a problem with very runny marscapone - is it because the coffee was hot when I added it? I felt stupid afterwards, but then again it does not state in the recipe that it should be chilled first. I also question the amount of coffee as many other readers have and wonder if this didn't add to the runniness. The end flavour is fine, I just have to wait to ice the cake now til the shops open tomorrow and I can get more marscapone - disappointing!

jellycatblue's picture

this is a fab cake, I made it go round 10 of us quite easily but I did serve it up at the end of a big lunch, it went down a treat, would definately make this again, very easy. I did have to add a bit of milk to my batter as I found it was very thick and not quite a normal cake consistancy. Delicious!

itsame's picture

Delicious cake. Next time I would add some chocolate chunks and cranberries to the sponge mix to give it a bit more texture. Very light and fluffy though. I would heed the warnings around adding the coffee. I mixed tablespoons of water and coffee but was just very careful to add a little at a time to the mascarpone and taste as I added - it is very easy to make it too bitter. You could add a little icing sugar to sweeten if the coffee flavour does get too intense. Overall with the taste of the sponge the sweetness of the chocolate did balance it out. Walnuts or pistachio nut would also work well : ) Good reliable and quick tasty recipe.

joseywales1981's picture

i love this recipe, made it a couple of times now, though i do find 4 tbsp of coffe a little much and i'm a coffee lover !!

nipper1234's picture

I made this for a chap at work for his birthday! everyone absolutely loved it!! and it got eaten very quickly, should of perphaps made a bigger one.. I did the topping and filling without adding coffee as i dont' much care for it and everyone else agreed!!! delcious cake!!

agness's picture

I wish people would read before complaining....
Barney says make the sponge as described in the 'goes well with' recipe.
If you look to the right of the page, there is a photo of a sponge cake and it
Says ‘goes well with’ above it….how hard is it?????
Anyway I intend to make this cake for a friend this week so appreciate other people's comments.


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