Trying to get away from the previous barrage of chocolate cake and other baking creations, my sister requested I make her a coffee cake instead. She isn’t a big coffee drinker (not bigger than me anyway – and I am a huge coffee addict!), but a recent trip to Coles and a visit to the cakes section where she laid eyes on a coffee and walnut loaf saw her craving for a similar cake. And me? I’ll take anything related with coffee, thank you.
This cake has a packed yet moist texture, not too crumbly… maybe a cross between a cake and a teacake, perhaps? It is definitely perfect for tea or coffee, and best eaten the day after resting in the fridge overnight. I like the buttercream hardened abit – it reminds me of the cakes baked in a famous Filipino bakeshop in the Philippines, Goldilocks.
Coffee Cake with Coffee Buttercream
Recipe adapted from Best Recipe’s Easy Coffee Cake
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp instant coffee powder dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 160 deg C. Grease and line a cake tin with baking paper.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
Add the eggs to the butter one at a time.
Mix the vanilla and the dissolved coffee, and then add this to the butter/eggs mixture.
Sift flours together, and add this alternatively with the sour cream to the coffee/butter mixture.
Pour batter on to prepared cake tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Test if the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer in the middle – if it comes out clean, then it is ready. If it comes out with some batter, add another 5 minutes to the baking time. Cool before frosting.
100g soft unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp instant coffee powder dissolved with 1 tbsp hot water
- Beat butter until light and creamy. Add 1 cup of icing sugar, beat into butter, and then add the rest.
- Add vanilla and milk. Beat until combined.
- Add dissolved coffee to the butter. This will look curdled so put your beater/mixer on high and beat until well combined.
- Frost cake using prepared buttercream. Enjoy!