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Best Coffee Cake Ever

Coffee Cake Heaven
Coffee Cake & a vintage coffee-set

Since posting an image of this cake on our social media recently, I’ve been inundated with requests for the recipe. This lockdown is definitely encouraging you all to get back to baking.

Coffee Cake is one of my favourite cakes ever and despite countless recipe trying over the years, there is no way you can beat Darina Allen’s one from the Ballymaloe Cookery Course book. If you’re looking for a comprehensive book of Irish cooking, I would urge you to buy this book. I received it as a present over 10 years ago and I’d say I use it for something every week.

Coffee cake


Coffee Sponge Layers:

  • 225g Butter
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 225g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4-5 tablespoons of coffee & chicory essence (Irel or Camp, see image)
Camp chicory & coffee essence

Coffee Butter Cream Filling:

  • 50g butter
  • 110g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1-2 tsp coffee essence Beat all the above ingredients together until soft & fluffy.

Coffee Glace Icing:

  • 225g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 tblsp coffee essence
  • 2 tblsp boiling water Put sieved icing sugar first in bowl then add in the essence and boiling water. Stir and combine until it is the consistency of thick cream, adding more boiling water if required.

Decoration: Whole or chopped walnuts

2 x 20cm sandwich tins

Preheat oven to 180C / 350 F / Gas 4 Brush tins with melted butter and line each with a disk of greaseproof / parchment paper.

For Sponge Layers:

  1. Cream butter until soft then add in the caster sugar. Keep beating until light & fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time mixing well between each addition.
  3. Sieve in the flour and baking powder, folding gently into the mix.
  4. Finally add in the coffee essence and mix gently through.
  5. Spoon into prepared tins and bake for 25-30 mins in centre of the oven. When ready the centre will be firm to touch. Leave to cool in tins on a wire rack before turning out to cool fully.

To assemble the cake, sandwich the cooled sponge layers together with the butter cream filling then top with the glace icing. Decorate with the nuts then enjoy!!

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