Winter is the best time of year for a cup of something hot and a big ol' slice of something yummy. My all time favourite cake (to bake) has always been a coffee cake. A family favorite, and the first cake I ever mastered when I was a kid I know the recipe off by heart.
But seeing as its Winter and spice is everywhere, I thought I'd try changing up my usual recipe and throwing in some extra treats to make is extra soft and give the coffee a warmer wintery flavour.
After a few attempts, here's my Sticky Spiced Coffee Cake
This cake is one of the easiest fail safe cakes I know. An All-in-One recipe that will hopefully still impress your friends and family.
175g caster sugar
175g self-raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
175g room temperature salted butter
50g soft chewy toffee chopped into very small pieces.
3 Large eggs
3 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp boiling water
225g icing sugar
125g room temperature butter
2 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp hot water
1 tsp cinnamon for dusting
Loaf cake case or butter for greasing
Pre-heat your oven to 170°.
Before you start I recommend sifting all your sugar, cinnamon, flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, then throw in your butter and eggs and mix with an electric mixer until smooth, light and creamy. Dissolve your coffee in your hot water and add to your mixture slowly while you mix making sure its blended through all your mixture, finally add your toffee pieces and distribute evenly through mixture with a spoon.
The toffee will completed melt and dissolve into your mixture inside the oven making it extra moist and rich. If you want to have little chunks of toffee sprinkle them on top of your icing as a finishing decoration.
Spoon your mixture into a greased or lined loaf baking tin and place in the middle of the oven for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. While you set it aside to cool you can get started on your icing.
First dissolving your remaining coffee into your hot water again combine all your ingredients into a clean mixing bowl until light and smooth. You want to make sure you have no lumps from the butter or icing sugar.
To finish off remove your cake from the tin and cake case (if you've used one) and place on a kitchen towel to remove any excess oil from the toffee. Then when completely cooled place ice and dust with cinnamon.
This cake has just a subtle spice but add cinnamon to your hears content for an even warmer wintery flavour.
I hope you enjoy trying this recipe yourself and as always if you try it be sure to send me photos on twitter I love to see them.
Thea is an Academic, a Crafter and a Musician from the West coast of Wales. She documents her trials and tribualtions as she wanders the maze of challenges that life presents, all while travelling the world and pursuing her dreams.