January 20, 2010

Old School Coffee Cake

There's nothing like coffee cake. A slice of this with a cup of coffee is absolutely gorgeous and inexplicably nostalgic (I never ate it as a child!). It's very easy and if you are going to bake a cake for someone as a present then this is the one to make!

225g (8oz) butter
225g (8oz) caster sugar
4 free range eggs
200g (7oz) self raising flour
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
5tsp instant coffee granules
dissolved in 5tbsp water

225g (8oz) soft butter
450g (16oz) icing sugar
4tsp instant coffee dissolved in 4tbsp water
toasted almond flakes
walnut halves

Serves 10-12

  • Method
    Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
    Alot of people just throw the butter and sugar into the bowl and beat like mad. The key to this cake is to have the butter so soft it's almost melting.
    If you’re using a mixer then mix the butter for a while on its own just to soften it up. Then gradually add your sugar. Once beaten with the caster sugar the mixture becomes incredibly light.

  • Next add your eggs one by one. Mix it really well after each addition.

  • Then fold in the sifted flour and cocoa powder. When its half mixed add the coffee and then continue folding the flour and egg mix together gently. A flexible spatula is good for this.

  • Put this glorious smelling mix into two well greased and floured 8 inch sandwich cake tins. Bake until you press the top with your finger and its springs up to say "I’m done!". Usually around 30 minutes.

  • Cool on a wire tray. When cold cut in half through the centre, horizontally.

  • Beat the butter, sugar and coffee together till thick and creamy.

  • Sandwich the 4 layers together with half the butter icing. Spread some icing on the sides of the cake. Layer the almonds around the sides. Spread a thin layer of icing on top and then place the remaining icing into a piping bag and pipe a lattice design across the top of the cake. Decorate with walnuts.

Lilly x


  1. sounds easy and looks yum

    nice blog you got

  2. YUM!!!! I love coffee cake and it's so hard to find a GREAT recipe. I love baking too. Tonight I have a simple Melt n Mix Butter cake in the oven (from Donna Hay) since I have to go out later and was running short on time.
    Thanks for visiting my blog today, I look forward to following yours too!

  3. Sounds great Jacqui! I love cake mixes like that, can't wait to hear how it turns out!x

  4. I love coffee cake too but my icing always curdles when I add the coffee,,,,,,

    lovely blog : )

  5. Hi, just bought your book in Dublin airport and wondering what is the difference (taste) between this recipe and the one from your book
    im french with english husband who keep telling me about a delicious walnut coffee cake he used to eat in his childhood, but i can t find a close recipe


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