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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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  • 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)


    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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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!
14th Mar, 2015
Made this today. I have made coffee cakes before and tried many ready made ones. All have been somewhat dry. But this one was perfectly balanced for moisture and flavour. I made some changes though. I couldn't be bothered to bake two layers and instead made it in a 9 inch (23cm) round cake tin, cooking for 40 mins in the convection oven of my combi microwave. I added chopped hazelnut into the mixture, and sprinkled some on the top. Also, I made less icing (60g butter, 125g icing sugar, 2 tsp coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water). Result - a lovely cake. This will be my permanent recipe for a coffee cake from now. Thank you BBC!
14th Dec, 2014
Very very disappointing. After many successful years of baking and having cakes turn out beautifully every time in South Africa. I return to the UK and look for a recipe I could trust, hence using the BBC Good Food recipe website. I read all the comments on this cake and thought, it's one of those never fail recipes. But oh how wrong was I. I used about a 7.5 inch tin and there was precious little mixture in the bottom as it went in the oven. Still feeling positive I put the cake into cook.The mixture rose up the sides of the tin, the cake when it came out the oven was not level. I tried cutting the sides down to the level of the rest of the cake and when I put it together I decided to put the uneven cut side towards the middle so that the bottom even side of the cake would provide a flat top. This didn't work as the cake is far far too moist and the middle just sank. In fact it was a problem actually keeping the cake from breaking up while working with it. Maybe I have done something wrong and if I have will somebody please correct me but I shall definitely be looking for a different recipe in future.
2nd Dec, 2014
Yummy yummy in my tummy! Lovely and light cake and the buttercream icing is very tasty. I didn't use the jam as I didn't fancy it. I'm going to try making it as cupcakes next for a cake sale.
5th Oct, 2014
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!
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15th Aug, 2014
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.
20th Jul, 2014
Coffee cake is my favourite but without walnuts and this recipe with the addition of strawberry jam is delicious.
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20th Jun, 2014
My only problem with this cake was the taste of instant coffee! Could it be made using freshly ground coffee beans instead I wonder?
9th Jun, 2014
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.
25th May, 2014
The cake was dense and dry, the icing was too sweet. Wouldn't use this recipe again. Sorry.


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