The moistness of the coffee sponge combined with the fluffy buttercream, topped with crunchy crushed walnuts. The perfect rich treat to enjoy with a cup of tea- or even coffee!
-For The Cake-
•175g Self Raising Flour
•1 Tsp Baking Powder
•175g Butter-Preferably Stork
•175g Caster Sugar
•3 Eggs – free range if possible
•1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
•1 Tbsp Instant Coffee, Mixed with 1/2 Tbsp Of Boiling Water
-Now, how to make this piece of heaven-
1)Lightly grease two,non-stick, 20cm diameter sandwich tins and place a circular sheet of grease-proof paper on each
2)Preheat the oven to gas mark 4
3)Sift the flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl
4)Add the remaining ingredients and using an electric mixer- or a wooden spoon, combine until smooth – Tip: before adding the eggs, lightly whisk them up with a fork to make sure the mixture doesn’t curdle
5)Evenly distribute the mixture between the two tins and place them in the oven for 25-30minutes.
6)Sit back and enjoy a hot cuppa tea!
7)To test if the cakes are cooked through,simply poke a skewer through the center of the cake, if it comes out clean your good to go, if not put it back in the oven for a further five minutes- Tip: if the surface of the cakes start to burn but the skewer doesn’t come out clean, cover the cakes with a sheet of foil and return it until the cakes are cooked through – this applies with any cakes or loafs you make
8)Turn the cakes out onto a cooling racks and remove the greaseproof paper from the bottom surface of the cakes. Leave to cool completely- this should take about 20minutes, in the meantime you can prepare the butter cream.
-For the buttercream icing-
•150g Butter, At Room Temperature- not too warm as this may cause the buttercream to spilt
•220g Icing Sugar, sifted
•1 1/2 Tbsp Warm Water
•1 1/2 Tbsp Instant Coffee, Mixed with 1 Tbsp of Boiling Water
•150g Walnuts, Crushed (optional)
-And To Finish…-
1)Beat the butter with the sugar, until smooth and creamy
2)Next beat in the water and coffee mixture
3)Carefully place one of your cakes onto your serving plate/cake stand and using a pallette knife, spread a evenly generous amount of icing onto the cake.
4)Now lay your second cake on-top and spread some more icing on top and around the sides of the cake
5)If using, carefully stick the crushed walnuts on top and on the sides of your cake