Coffee Cake
This is a rich-tasting coffee cake recipe for people who love coffee. Be in no doubt - this is a coffee cake!


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  • 250 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
  • 250 g (8 oz) butter or margarine
  • 250 g (8 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 6 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 100 ml (3½ fl oz) water
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 75 g (3 oz) crushed walnuts (optional)
  • Grated chocolate for decoration
For the buttercream frosting
  • 200 g (7 oz) icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • 125 g (4 oz) butter
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat the eggs into the mixture one at a time, adding a little flour each time to prevent the mixture from curdling.
  3. Add half the coffee solution and beat well.
  4. Sift in the remaining flour and the baking powder and beat well. Stir in the optional walnuts if you are using them.
  5. Grease two 8" (20cm) sandwich tins and line the bases with baking paper.
  6. Divide the cake batter between the two tins and spread evenly into the tins.
  7. Bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes until the cakes are brown and springy to the touch.
  8. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream. Beat together the butter, icing sugar and remaining coffee solution.
  10. Place one of the cakes upside-side down on a plate and spread on a layer of the buttercream.
  11. Place the other cake right-side-up on top and spread carefully with the remaining buttercream. Sprinkle on the grated chocolate.
Titli's Tips
You can bake the cake in a single tin and cut it in half if you wish but the cooking time will be slightly longer.

If you don't want the caffeine buzz you can use decaf coffee too, and of course you can reduce the amount of coffee... but why would you? It's supposed to be a coffee cake!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 353 17%
Calories from Fat 181
Total Fat 20.2g 31%
Saturated Fat 12.4g 62%
Unsaturated Fat 6.3g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 40.9g 13%
Dietary Fibre 0.4g 1%
Sugars 27.9g
Protein 3.3g 6%
Cholesterol 91.3mgs 30%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.