Hazelnut Mocha Cake

2014-02-17 16.41.33I love a good hazelnut mocha – chocolate, coffee and nuts = perfection. So why not make it into a cake? This is a lovely dense chocolate cake with smooth coffee butter icing and a nutty flavour running through the sponge – very luxurious! I haven’t used too much cocoa as it could have overwhelmed the coffee, and with these quantities the flavours are lovely and balanced.

You will need: 200g margarine, 200g caster sugar, 175g self raising flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 75g chopped mixed nuts, 30g cocoa (make sure it’s good quality – I used Starbucks hot chocolate powder), 2 eggs, 150g icing sugar, 75g margarine, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon strong coffee granules, hazelnuts for decoration.

Line two round cake tins with greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Blend together the sugar and margarine in a mixer, when smooth add an egg at a time until the mixture is combined. Then add your cocoa powder and mix thoroughly, add the chopped nuts to the mixture making sure they are spread evenly throughout the cake.2014-02-17 16.47.08 Now sift in the flour and add a tablespoon of baking powder. When everything has mixed together divide the cake mixture between the tins and pop in the oven for 25 minutes. 2014-02-17 16.45.57When your cakes have baked, turn them out onto a wire rack and leave to cool. 2014-02-17 16.43.35While the cakes are cooling whisk the icing sugar slowly into 75g margarine. Put a tablespoon of milk and a tablespoon of coffee into a mug and microwave it for twenty seconds. Add the coffee mix to the icing sugar and whisk everything together until it is a nice smooth consistency.2014-02-17 16.45.05Turn out one cake onto a plate and use half the coffee icing to cover the top if it evenly. Put the other cake on top and ice this, I used a knife to get a nice swirly finish. Then simply decorate the top with hazelnuts. 2014-02-17 16.37.33This cake really is gorgeous – perfect for a special occasion, or just a special treat for yourself!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Total Comfort Coffee and Walnut Cake

20140102_140821         My Mum always used to make coffee and walnut cake. Any family party, church function or school event, Mum would make her coffee and walnut cake and it would be the first to go. This is my recipe, inspired by hers. It is lovely and sweet and bitter and just makes me feel all warm and cosy.

You will need, 6oz butter/margarine, 6oz self raising flour, 3 eggs, 4oz soft brown sugar, 2oz caster sugar, 2oz walnuts, 1tbsp baking powder, 2 tbsp strong coffee. For the icing: 8oz icing sugar, 5oz butter, 2tbsp strong coffee, walnuts for decorating.

20131231_163535First of all put two tablespoons of instant coffee into a mug and add a tiny amount of water, until the coffee forms a thick paste.I prefer to use a strong coffee, like Kenco Milicano.

20131231_164250Leave to cool. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and grease two cake tins. Mix the butter and the sugar together until smooth. Add the coffee. Now beat the eggs in a mug and add slowly to the bowl, while still mixing. 20131231_164909

Crush your walnuts into little pieces, with a blender or a pestle and mortar and add to the mixture. Now add a tablespoon of baking powder and sift the flour slowly into the bowl. Once everything is mixed together divide the mixture between your two tins. To get the mixture level I hold either side of the tin and wiggle it on the surface so that the cake mixture is evenly spread. 20131231_165338

Pop your tins on the same shelf of the oven and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes. Check your cake is done, it should spring back when you poke it, and turn them out on a wire rack to cool. 20131231_171357

For your icing, do the same as before with the coffee, making a paste. Now blend the icing sugar and butter in a bowl and add the coffee. I used the whisk attachment for my machine, but use a hand whisk if you would rather.

20131231_171217Place your first cake onto a plate or cake stand and cover the top with half the icing mixture. Pop the top on and cover this with icing.

20131231_172803Then decorate the top with walnuts and a sprinkle of icing sugar.I must admit, my presentation is more ‘rustic’ but  I would rather my cake taste awesome than look pristine.

20131231_173459Thick gloopy butter icing and lovely light sponge makes this a fabulous teatime treat, serve with loads of cream and a good americano. I love this cake. So does my husband. It isn’t going to last very long in this household!

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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