Choca Mocha Cakes

Prep Time: 0:15
Cook Time: 0:20
Makes: 12

Ingredients / Shopping List


150g SR Flour

1 tsp baking powder

100g milk chocolate

150g soft marg

150g caster sugar

3 eggs

Icing   250g natural icing sugar

1 tsp instant coffee

Boiling water with small knob of butter 

25g Toasted almonds to decorate


50g toasted almonds to decorate

Prep to Cook: Oven electric 180ºC Gas Mark 4, food mixer, basin, wooden spoon, 2 metal spoons, sieve, bun tray, 12 paper cases, pastry brush, measuring jug

Prep: Put margarine, caster sugar and eggs in the food processor

Blend on high speed for 30 seconds

Sift SR flour with 1 tsp baking powder and fold into the cake mix

Melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water

Add quickly to the cake mix and stir well, leaving the marble effect that occurs

Divide into 12 baking cases in a bun tray

Cook for 17 – 20 minutes until well risen and golden and bouncy to touch

Prep the icing:   

Blend half a teaspoon coffee powder in 2 tsp of boiling water

Add the icing sugar and further 2 teaspoons water with a knob of butter added to melt it Mix thoroughly, the icing should be quite runny

Remove the cakes from the oven and cool

Using a pastry brush dipped into boiling water scoop some of the icing  

Paint over the top of the cakes making sure you get an even covering all over the peak

Dip again into boiling water and dab the top of the cake

Sprinkle with toasted almonds and leave to set

Check it out!


Need something sweet and tasty? Try this quick cut-up cake glazed with fudgy icing. The cakes keep well and can be ready and waiting for snacking later in the week.

The chocolate is best melted with a basin over a pan of hot water

Recipe Science

Cooks Know How: Making a cake mix quickly sometimes requires a little bit of chemical to boost the cake and make it rise.  In this case the quick mix is the margarine, sugar and eggs and they form the wet sloppy mixture.  The dry ingredient, the flour is added at the end alongside the warm melted chocolate so some added raising agent from a teaspoon of baking powder will help keep the cakes light.  The melted chocolate could make the cake a bit dense and close textured.  Learning about helping a cake mixture to work is a sure way to help understanding all the differing ways of making cakes.