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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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doctor1625
7th Dec, 2016
1.3
It's light but very greasy - I tried cooking it twice - has a very fattening feel when you eat it. It's more like a pudding than a cake.
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caitlintitley
31st Aug, 2016
5.05
Made this recipe many times now and it's worked every time! The sponge is lovely, although I tend to add more coffee than suggested.
14nsw1tch
7th Jul, 2016
5.05
Well, my mother taught me to fold in the flour so I took no notice of that nonsense thing of adding it gradually with the eggs. Someone obviously has lots of helpers to do the washing up but I just broke an egg straight into the revolving bowl, one at a time. I doubled up on the instant coffee, but not the liquid, and sifted the flour in prior to folding it into the mixture and baking for a good 35 minutes. I doubled the amount of instant coffee in the icing The result was an excellent cake which rose up magnificently and has a taste and texture to die for. No-one else is sharing this!
Nilpherd17
13th Apr, 2016
I usually love BBC good food recipes but sadly this one was a bit disappointing. I didn't feel that the mixture was enough for two tins, probably to put into one tin. Also, the cakes only raised about 2cm-3cms so even though they are soft, they are hardly proper cakes. I would recommend dooubling the entire recipe or looking for a different one
goodytwoshoes
31st Mar, 2016
5.05
Best EVER coffee cake recipe ...End of :)
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geneticcrazybaker
30th Nov, 2015
0.05
This cake turned out simply horrible. It didn't rise and the texture was strange and granular in a way. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
DianneMac
18th Jun, 2015
5.05
I am by no means an accomplished cake maker but this recipe was foolproof and I produced an amazing birthday cake for a girlfriend. I added a few ground pieces of walnut to the sponge mixture which added a little more texture, and decorated the top with halved walnuts.
teresahall
10th Jun, 2015
5.05
This cake is fantastic. Very light and moist. I cooked mine in a square tin, and sliced it in half horizontally for the buttercream filling. Didnt fancy jam. Cut it up into square portions then, and it went down a storm
Edidavies
1st Jun, 2015
I should have read the comments before I baked this cake. I made it twice and it collapsed every time I baked it. I've been baking for a few years now and it never happened to me before. So annoyed!
Maddie1000
16th May, 2015
Made this recipe today, TWICE! I Checked and triple checked everything and still it won't rise! Annoyed that I've wasted money on trying this recipe! Will not be using bbc recipes in the future!

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Stacemon
26th Jul, 2015
How long do you cook it for?
shaz123a
3rd Jul, 2014
when ever i make this cake (coffee Cake) for some reason it sinks in the middle. im not sure why. i dont open the oven up before time ive checked ingredients, wondered if its because i dont let the coffee mixture cool down
marionhill
27th Sep, 2013
If I wanted to make this as a loaf instead, could I? And what way would I need to change the ingredients and cooking? Thanks
GlutenFreeCook
11th Sep, 2015
5.05
For the icing...I used real ground coffee...filtered ( a very strong brew) Then I added about four tablespoons to the icing sugar....once all icing sugar was mixed...you add the butter slowly ...and you won't need all the butter...just enough to give it a good glaze without it going to wet. Using real columbian coffee is much tastier than instant ...(which is not good for you anyway!) but means you need less butter or the mix is too wet.
GlutenFreeCook
11th Sep, 2015
5.05
For a Gluten Free Version....Replace the flour with Doves Self Raising Flour (or similar) and add a little more flour to thicken it more ( I noticed it was too wet otherwise) Removed the "instant coffee" YUK!...added REAL coffee (I added four tablespoons of freshly ground coffee to hot water- strain to remove bits) Also ...on the lower base I poured a bit of maple syrup on the top...this then oozed into the base! DEVINE... The rest the same as above ...but free range eggs...raw butter....real coffee... SO nice and no gluten!!!! I decorated with chocolate coated coffee beans (not real beans...!)
helenccm
24th Feb, 2015
Delicious cake but I will bake it a few minutes less as the outside dried out and was a bit crunchy
Diccon123
28th Sep, 2014
Don't put the icing in the fridge, otherwise it will not be spreadable.