Sunday, 23 June 2013

Cappuccino Coffee Cake

While I was baking this cake I had a sort of flash back to my early childhood.  My Mom used to belong to a lot of different social clubs and these clubs would have coffee mornings to raise funds for different charitable activities.   Back then a coffee morning was called a 'Coffee Klatch'.



From the outside it looked like a lot of middle aged housewives eating cake and gossipping, but these ladies were a valuable asset to our little community.  One group raised enough money to furnish a local children's home.  Some of these organisations even had scholarships which provided funds for local University students. Many church building funds were subsidised via the Coffee Klatch.  It wasn't all cake and tittle-tattle.  



The charity Coffee Morning is popular once again.. perhaps it never went out of fashion and I was just too busy with my day job to know.  Anyway,  I think this recipe would be the perfect cake to serve at a Coffee Klatch or just for elevenses with a friend.  Here's my recipe for Cappuccino Coffee Cake:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.   Grease an 18 cm round pan and line the bottom with a circle of baking paper.  I had one of those handy paper cake liners so I just used that.  

Ingredients for the Cake:

125 grams butter - room temperature
140 grams self-rising flour
125 grams caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs - room temperature
75 ml plain natural yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
50 ml strong coffee made with 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules



In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.  Add the butter, sugar, eggs, yogurt, vanilla and HALF of the coffee to the mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until all of the ingredients are combined and lump-free.  

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly to the edges of the tin.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a skewer poked in the middle of the cake comes out clean.  

While the cake is still hot, brush the remaining coffee over the top of the cake.  Cool the cake completely before frosting with Cream Cheese Icing.  



Here's a basic CREAM CHEESE FROSTING RECIPE  that would be lovely on this cake or almost any other flavour of cake.   Dust a bit of cocoa powder over the icing, just like a real cappuccino, and you are ready to cut fat slices and serve!



Store any left over cake in an airtight container in the fridge.  I think I am going to have another slice now!



YUM! 

6 comments:

  1. Looks delicious, and yes, there is much to be said for coffee mornings and their fund raising powers.

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    1. Thank you... I can't think of a more delightful way to support a charity.

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  2. I am just finishing my lunch and a piece of your cake would be perfect with my cup of coffee!

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    1. I've always said they should develop a send button that actually transported objects. A big piece of cake would be on the way to you now!

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  3. Looks very delicious! But I should not eat it too late in the afternoon... I'd be awake the whole night! :-)

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    1. Thank you! : ) With all that coffee and sugar it is a bit like rocket fuel.

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