Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Marbled Coffee Loaf Cake


Coffee.

BFF of exhausted, sleep deprived parents, giver of (some) motivation every Monday morning and a rather delicious flavour for a loaf cake. Coffee cake is the homely staple of the village hall bake sale, an easy-pips cake that combines a light fluffy sponge with a bittersweet hit of caffeine. Although let's be honest, you'd probably have to eat the ENTIRE thing to have the equivalent caffeine hit of a triple espresso (don't put it past me though- I've a teething baby and a toddler who loves 5.30am).

It's even Nigel Slater's choice for his last meal on earth. And if it's good enough for Nige, well, it's certainly good enough for me.


Marbled Coffee Loaf Cake

For the cake:
225g softened butter
225g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
225g self-raising flour
2 tsps instant espresso powder mixed with 1 tbsp boiled water
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:
100g softened butter
200g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp instant espresso coffee powder mixed with 1 tbsp boiled water

To decorate: chocolate coffee beans

1. Heat the oven to 180C/170C fan/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
2. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and flour for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
3. Divide the mixture between two large bowls, lightly stirring in the espresso into one of the mixtures and the vanilla into the other
4. Alternatively dollop a large spoonful of each mixture into the tin to create the marbled effect. Once complete, tap the tin on the work surface to remove any air bubbles and swirl a skewer into the mixture to further add to the marbled effect
5. Bake for 45 min or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool
6. To make the icing: beat the butter, icing sugar and coffee powder until combined. Spread over the cooled cake and decorate with the coffee beans

Baker's notes...

  • Is it just me or does eating a slice of coffee cake with a cup of tea as I am doing right now feel rather wrong... but slightly audacious?
  • The traditional decoration on a coffee cake would be a handful of walnuts and Felicity Cloake advocates toasting them to bring out their flavour


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