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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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23rd May, 2014
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.
9th Dec, 2013
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!
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17th Sep, 2013
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
15th Sep, 2013
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
7th Sep, 2013
Sorry but the icing is just too sickly sweet for me. Probably half the icing sugar would do. The sponge is just average.
4th Sep, 2013
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!
3rd Sep, 2013
This was a lovely cake, very moist, rich yet still light and delicious!
7th Jun, 2013
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.
21st May, 2013
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.
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20th May, 2013
Teenteen, I would suggest 6" or 7" tins at the biggest.


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