Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Cardamom and Mocha Marble Cake

April 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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cardamom and mocha marble cake

I love cutting into a marble cake. Will there be swirls? Will there be layers? Will there be blobs? It’s like a surprise inside! This Cardamom and Mocha Marble cake is one of Dorie’s Bonne Idée suggestions for the Double Chocolate Marble Cake in the book. Chocolate with coffee and cardamom is a combo that really speaks to me, so I went for it.

This cake is pretty much like a pound cake, with dark chocolate (and espresso powder) mixed into half of the batter and white chocolate (and ground cardamom) mixed into the the other half. I didn’t need a whole 9″x5″ loaf, so I scaled down the recipe to 2/3 the original (fun times with kitchen math!) to make it my 8.5″x4.5″ pan instead. I was sure to watch it in the oven and it took around an hour to bake through. I did tent it with foil at the 40-minute mark so that it wouldn’t get too dark and crusty. This is a dense cake with a fine crumb. Even though it’s a simple loaf, the flavors make it seem more sophisticated. And the marbling is, of course, very exciting to behold.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll to see other rewinds!


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  1. I do love the surprise of the pattern in the cake and how it changes throughout. I love your idea of serving this dense cake with icecream.

  2. Those flavours sound wonderful!

  3. Perfection. I must try the version you made, sounds delicious.

  4. Marble cake is my absolute favourite and you have dished up such a gorgeous one.

  5. Cardamom sounds like a lovely companion to chocolate. It looks o pretty with the marbling … what a happy surprise to find that pattern in your cake.

  6. I’ve also just discovered the delights of using cardamom in desserts and cakes! Cardamom and chocolate seems like a combo I need to try!

  7. Not a huge fan of cardamom but LOVE your swirl and I also loved how my swirl changed as I sliced!

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