There are food blogs and there are FOOD BLOGS.
I have never come away from Deeba’s blog feeling anything less than mind boggling awe and extreme hunger..and that wee bit of envy of course.

This visually stunning space is packed with a whole lot of delicious bakes and this genoise cake was one I had my eyes on for a long time.

I was also super thrilled to finally make Mascarpone cheese at home. Trust me, its not all that complicated and you are just two ingredients away from Mascarpone heaven.Once you’ve eaten homemade you will never ever want the store made variety.

This is one truly spectacular dessert that will have swooning with delight!



1 chocolate genoise sponge (recipe below)
1 portion of Mocha Mascarpone Cream (recipe below)
Coffee syrup
Dark chocolate shavings, flakes & coffee beans etc to garnish
To assemble:

Make a strong coffee syrup with 1/4 cup of hot water, 2-3 tsps sugar & 2 tsps coffee powder. Cool.
Cut the genoise into 2 horizontal layers.
Place one layer on the cake platter. Brush well with the coffee syrup. Sandwich with a little less than half the mocha mascarpone.
Top with the second layer, & brush that well with the coffee syrup
Frost the top & sides of the cake with the remaining mascarpone. Grate dark chocolate over the top, edge with coffee beans, & sift cocoa over the edges.
Chill for 3-4 hours.

As adapted from this recipe @ Baking Obsession

3 tbsp clarified butter/ghee
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
4 large eggs (I used 5 as the eggs were smallish)
2/3 cup fine granulated vanilla sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line, grease & flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
Sift the flour and cocoa together three times; reserve.
Bring some water to a boil in a large pan/griddle & reduce to simmer. Place eggs & sugar in a large bowl, whisk constantly over the simmering water, heat the eggs to lukewarm (about 105F). Remove the bowl from the pan; leave the skillet on the stove but turn off the heat. With an electric mixer, beat the egg mixture at high speed until it has cooled, tripled in volume, and resembles softly whipped cream, about 5 minutes in a heavy-duty mixer or longer with a less powerful mixer.
Meanwhile, set the bowl of clarified butter/ghee and vanilla in the skillet of hot water, with the burner off, to keep it warm.
Sift about one-third of the flour and cocoa over the whipped eggs. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the mixture-quickly but gently-until combined. Fold in half the remaining flour and cocoa, then fold in the rest. Remove the warm butter mixture from the skillet. Scoop about 1 cup of the batter into the bowl with the butter and fold together until completely combined. Use the large rubber spatula to fold the butter mixture completely into the remaining batter. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and tilt to level.
Bake until the cake beginning to shrink slightly around the edges and the top springs back when pressed with your finger, about 40-45 minutes. Cool the cake completely in the pan on a rack.
To unmold, run a small knife or spatula around the inner edges of the pan. Invert it onto a rack and remove the parchment liner. Turn the cake right side up. The génoise can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.



12oz Mascarpone Cream (recipe below)
200ml low fat cream (25% fat- Amul)
1 tsp coffee powder
2-3 tbsps ground sugar (according to taste)


Beat mascarpone cheese with a wooden spoon till smooth. Fold in the rest of the ingredients & mix with the spoon till smooth.

as adapted from Baking Obsession

Makes about 12 oz

600ml low fat cream (25 %) pasteurized cream
1 tbsp fresh lime juice


Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the water is barely simmering.
Pour the cream into a medium heat-resistant bowl, then place the bowl into the skillet. Heat the cream, stirring often, to 190 F.I dont have a candy thermometer so I heated it for about 15 minutes.

Add the lime juice and continue heating the mixture, stirring gently, until the cream curdles. Do not expect the same action as you see during ricotta cheese making. All that the whipping cream will do is become thicker, like a well-done crème anglaise. It will cover a back of your wooden spoon thickly. You will see just a few clear whey streaks when you stir.

Remove the bowl from the water and let cool for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a sieve with four layers of dampened cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Transfer the mixture into the lined sieve. Do not squeeze the cheese in the cheesecloth or press on its surface (be patient, it will firm up after refrigeration time). Once cooled completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (in the sieve) overnight or up to 24 hours.

Leave a comment


  1. aymanalmasry

     /  September 29, 2010

    the cake was amazeing but how can i make it in to 10inch,thanks

  2. Seriously impressed with this cake. And homemade mascarpone. wonderful!

  3. wow, that cake looks amazing!

  4. Hey Sheba! You bake such awesomeness =)

  5. Wow, this cake looks awesome…would love to have a piece of this cake :-)

  6. That’s a truly gorgeous dessert!

  7. oh my , thats one gorgeous looking cake. :)

  8. Looks so yum! decadent !

  9. bergamot

     /  August 19, 2010

    Wow this looks just delicious and of course really professional

  10. Ooo, how magical and delicious that cake looks.
    As for Suri Cruise (the post below)…I personally think that its tacky when parents allow their children to dress like little adults…in a kind of Jon-Benet Ramsey way.

  11. What a heavenly delicious cake! I am so impressed that you made your own mascarpone. Great job!

  12. How have you been ? it’s been a while, rt?
    The cake looks fantastic !

  13. oh wow!! this looks so delicious..!!!

  14. Hi, first time here, lovely cake, beautiful

  15. I think that I have no chance or hope of getting back to my smaller-sized pants any more….just a couple of days ago I told myself to cut down the consumption of cheese, now I see this luscious and rich Mascarpone frosting! Sighs….

  16. Hey..Thanks for stopping by…glad that u liked that checkered cake….
    Wow….This cake looks really yummy…loved ur blog..will go thru the recipes slowly

  17. Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and nice to meet you. Btw, your cake looks absolutely divine! How I wish I can have a slice.Hmmm…mm… Yumm… Hope to hear from you more often and enjoy your day.
    Cheers, kristy

  18. It looks fantastic! This is the kind of dessert I dream about!

  19. I can totally get what you mean by Deeba’s awe-inspiring and hunger-inducing blog! She never fails to surprise.
    However, this comment is about you – that is a lovely looking cake and your photos are really beautiful!
    Thank you for visiting my blog!

  20. This Cake looks so very delicious and I have some serious chocolate cravings now :-)

  21. Really Debba is an expert…..Your cake too looks irresistible
    Hamaree Rasoi

  22. thanks alot
    thank you very much

  23. That is really delicious and you’ve baked them perfectly.

  24. I’ve been eyeing this cake for ages..never felt courageous enough to attempt.Yours looks the same like Deeba’s..Ohhhh now I am doubly tempted!!

  25. Oh boy Oh boy, you had me at chocolate

  26. Deeba’s blog is a baker’s bible no doubt, I viisit her blog, drool and dream about baking all the stuff there:-))This one looks so dark and delicious, I must try this sometime too.

  27. Oh yes I totally agree aobut what you are saying aobut Deeba’s place, you would be shocked to know how many times i visit her place,when i need to bake and don’t have inspiration or a recipe then i straight head to her place too.
    This cake jus tlooks so so yumm and beautiful too.


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