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Coffee Cake

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Serves 8

This delicious coffee cake is great for all occasions and tastes AMAZING! It is simple and easy to make!

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Ingredients

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee (add more if you like it strong)
  • For The Icing
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • Strawberry jam (optional)

Method

    1. Preheat the oven at 160C, 325 F,gas 3.Baseline and grease two equally sized sandwich tins. Add the sugar and the butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and a pale cream.
    2. Wisk the eggs in a mug with a fork and then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. Make sure you don't use all the flour.
    3. Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder to the mixture and fold it in gently.
    4. Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and add to the mixture still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 30 minutes
    5. Meanwhile Cream the butter and the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve the coffee in boiling water, making sure you don't add too much water or the icing will be runny and add it to the butter and icing sugar. Whisk and leave in the fridge until the cake is done.
    6. Once the cakes are done and have been put onto plates spread the icing on the bottom of one of the cakes (leaving around half of the icing for the top) and spread the strawberry jam ont the bottom of the other. Spread the remainig icing ontop of the cake. decorate with cherries or walnuts. ENJOY!

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ellesbellsbaking12's picture
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I made this cake in two 20cm round cake tins. I was worried they wouldn't rise as there wasn't much mixture between the tins, but they turned out delicious. Coffee cake is usually dry, but this was, fluffy and moist. I didn't use the buttercream above, I made my own using 1tbsp instant coffee mixed with some hot water. I also drizzled coffee glace icing on top. Will be using this recipe in the future!

Shimoldeam's picture

I don't like coffee cake and made this for my boyfriend, but its absolutely delicious! And simple to make too. Id agree that the filling is very sweet, but its something you can just alter to your taste.

Gillyflower19's picture

Coffee cake is my favourite but without walnuts and this recipe with the addition of strawberry jam is delicious.

Minn's picture

My only problem with this cake was the taste of instant coffee! Could it be made using freshly ground coffee beans instead I wonder?

clintwestmetal's picture
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Followed quantities and timing to a T and it is absolutely second to none. If your cake is dry then you're doing something wrong.

kannj2007's picture
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The cake was dense and dry, the icing was too sweet. Wouldn't use this recipe again. Sorry.

bh221-uk's picture
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Delicious... made it gluten free and added a splash of milk so the GF flour wouldn't make it too dry. If you want to cover the sides make extra icing. Yumyum.

kathcook's picture

Had been looking for a basic coffee cake recipe for a while that uses "normal" ingredients when I saw this. Really easy to make and turned out fab, I made it for the cake stall at my kids school Fayre and my only complaint is I had to pay £1 to try a piece of may own cake ! Worth it, it was delicious, will definately be making again soon!

hilarydale's picture

I made this cake for a charity event and it went down a storm! Couldn't bring myself to add the jam, but it was delicious just the same and 2 people asked for the recipe

luckyjc's picture

Have been looking for a classic coffee sponge recipe and this was perfect - sponge was light and moist but really tasted good (added 1 and three quarter tbsps coffee) and icing was delicious (I followed comment below re 1 and a half times the recommended icing to coat top, middle and cover the whole cake). I added chocolate buttons on top for that authentic homemade look :-) Highly recommended! Oh and I used 7 inch tins and they came out really well

annsl's picture
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Sorry but the icing is just too sickly sweet for me. Probably half the icing sugar would do. The sponge is just average.

greatscottybakes's picture
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INCREDIBLE! I made this last night in cupcake form (it rises quite a lot so make sure you don't overfill your cases- 2/3 rather than 3/4). I can't even describe what a raging success it was. The cake is a nice caramel colour and is really light, fluffy, and moist. The icing is just as good. It made 12 cupcakes perfectly, and everyone was blown away. This is going in the recipe binder for sure. Thanks for sharing!

foxinthebox's picture

This was a lovely cake, very moist, rich yet still light and delicious!

englishhealthycook's picture

The reason I use the (BRITISH)BC Good Food web site is because I know I can rely on simple, clear instructions for an English cook.
So very, very disappointed I was by a recipe being displayed in cups, also known as the "most-annoying-measurement-invented".
This recipe has let you down, BBC.

hangriff10's picture
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Raks, was your oven right temp, scales too need to be certain. When temperature is wrong, cakes will cook on outside and not in middle.
I've just made this cake using twice the amount and made it 3 tier. You cud also use this recipe without the coffee and use double cream whipped to thicken and strawberries.

arendal's picture

Teenteen, I would suggest 6" or 7" tins at the biggest.

arendal's picture

Teen teen, I would suggest 6" or 7" tins at the biggest.

mercuryzelda's picture
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This is incredibly delicious. I used 2 tbsp of coffee in the cake, and omitted the jam. I put a layer of walnuts in the middle of the cakes, and decorated the top with some more. Needed 1 1/2 times the recommended icing to cover the sides of the cake as well. I will happily use this recipe again!

1martine's picture
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YUM!! So moist and yummy and I included the jam :). Gone down a treat with the family, will be making again this week lol

cakeycakeyface_4242's picture

Just made this cake as cup cakes.. Delicious!!

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