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Chocolate Mocha Cake for Mother’s Day

To end up with the Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 recipes which were new I made A Chocolate Mousse Mocha Cake.  I used lady fingers which I wet with coffee liqueur, a chocolate mousse in the middle and decorated it with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and pistachio nuts.

However when I prepared the cake I did not have the time to weigh ingredients and take notes and photographs.  However, I have made a similar cake in the past which I am posting today.

Mars chocolates were my favourites when I was a kid and I  haven’t eaten any for years now but when I was shopping in the supermarket recently I saw them and put a package in the cart wondering if I could use them in a cake.  Et voila.  This cake is a rich chocolate cake with a mocha cream cheese filling and a chocolate- caramel ganache.

Chocolate Mocha Cake, Recipe by Ivy


  • 1 sponge cake
  • ½ cup coffee liqueur

For the Filling and decoration

  • 400 grams heavy cream 35%
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

For Filling

  • Three quarters of the above mixture
  • 200 grams cream cheese (mascarpone or philadelphia) 
  • 100 grams couverture chocolate
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 50 grams mars chocolate (1 bar)

For glazing

  • 125 grams couverture chocolate
  • 2 mars chocolates x 50 grams each
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons low fat cream

For decoration

  • Remaining whipped cream mixed with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to make it dark.
  • Chocolate stars (optional) 


  1. Prepare a dark sponge cake, in a 28 cm spring form pan, preferably from previous day. See how to make sponge cake here.The only thing different in this sponge cake is that I added therind of one lemon.
  2. In a double boiler melt the 100 grams chocolate and wait for it to cool, mixing it a few times.
  3. Meanwhile prepare whipping cream until peaks form.Reserve some for the decoration which refrigerate.In the remaining add the cream cheese and coffee and beat it until incorporated.Now add the melted chocolate and mix.
  4. Cut the sponge cake and wet both pieces with coffee liqueur.Place one piece in a platter and place the ring of the spring form around the sponge. Add filling on top.
  5. Melt the Mars chocolate and add over filling.Cover with the second half of sponge cake.
  6. In the same double boiler now add the 2 Mars chocolates and when it melts add the couverture chocolate and mix until it melts as well.Add butter, honey and cream and mix to incorporate. Add on top of the cake and refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours, until it sets.
  7. Run a knife around the rims of the pan to loosen cake and remove the spring form.
  8. Decorate with whipping cream and choco stars.

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 9 in many countries around the world – it’s an important day since no mother should have to choose between feeding herself and feeding her child, yet millions do. A child dies every 6 seconds because of hunger, we can change that and help a mother feed her child for Mother’s Day.

Become a member of Bloggers Against Hunger or Blog Away Hunger and spread the word.

As this is the last post of the week I wish you all to have a Great Day this coming Sunday.

To our mothers who have given so much of themselves to care for us.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you.

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26 Responses

  1. Oh, this looks fantastic. I like that you use Mars chocolates. Have a nice day and a Happy Mother's Day Ivy!! 🙂

  2. happy mother day ,ivy,wonderful cake,oh,i'm a chocoholic in absitenence from time to time!have a great day!

  3. Who could say NO to such a gorgeous mocha chocolate torte!

  4. Ivy this looks fantastic! Perfect for mother's day. I wish I was in Greece for this day. I miss my mom! I would definitely make this for her.

  5. Such a beautiful cake ivy and i love everything about the cake. Happy Moms days to you.

  6. That's perfect for Mothers Day. Looks really delicious. Love all the cream.

  7. A beautiful chocolate cake … decadent and sweet! A very happy Happy Mother's Day to you Ivy … may you always have the health, strength and patience to guide your children and care for them with love and happiness. Not to mention, to cook them up a storm and shower them with all your lovely dishes and desserts!

  8. Happy Mother's Day!

    That cake is awesome! It must be divine!



  9. The cake looks absolutely amazing, I love the coffee liqueur addition! Happy Mother's day!

  10. A beatiful cake, Ivy! Mappy Mother's Day for you!

  11. Great cake Ivy and happy mother's day to you! I hope you will get to relax and smell the roses on that day.

  12. The cake is calling my name! 🙂 Looks delicious!

  13. Bonne fête Ivy.
    Ivy mon amie, je suis sincèrement désolée pour tout ce qui arrive à la Grèce et vous exprime toute ma solidarité.
    A Bientôt.

    • Merci beaucoup Nadji mon amie.

  14. What a heavenly cake! I love the Mars bars in the filling. Happy Mother's Day Ivy!

  15. Whoa! This looks amazing Ivy! How I’d love a slice of this.

  16. OMG, I am drooling as I can imagine the taste of coffee and the taste of the Mars chocolates on the glazing. What an amazing idea!

  17. Just the cake I like…:D

  18. That's a delicious-looking cake! The chocolate-caramel ganache is lovely. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  19. bonjour ivy
    ton gâteau moka est parfait pour célébrer la fête des mères, il est gourmand et succulent comme je les aime
    ps: je suis ravie que mes roses feuilletées t'ont plu
    pour les petits-suisses en anglais c'est a small individual pot of cream cheese
    les petits-suisses ne sont ni sucrés ni salés
    si l'explication ne t'a pas aidé je peux t'envoyer des photos
    bisou et bonne journée

    • Thank you very much Fimere. I looked the pot of cream cheese up but it didn't help. If it's not any problem, I would appreciate if you could send me a photo otherwise I will improvise 🙂

  20. This looks like heaven, Ivy!!!! Have a great weekend!

  21. Cake looks fantastic, divine!

  22. Happy Mother's day to every Mum out there!

    Love mocha cakes Ivy … add some whipped frosting to the cake MMmmm dreamy!

  23. CC

    Wow, this chocolate mocha cake was absolutely DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to do it again this year for Mother’s Day since it was such a huge success last year!

    Thanks again Ivy, keep up the good work!


  24. Becky

    Yummy! I could eat a whole tray of those pastries right now. Thanks for sharing 🙂