1/2 cup plus 1/2 Tb of whole milk
1/3 cup of butter, cut into chunks
1 tsp instant coffee granules
heaping 1/2 cup of caster/ultrafine sugar
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts, plus extra whole walnut halves to decorate
1 medium egg, at room temperature and beaten
1 1/3 cup (slightly heap the 1/3 cup) self-raising flour
Coffee Buttercream Icing:
7 Tbs butter, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp instant coffee granules, dissolved in 1 tsp boiling water (I used 2 Tb heavy cream)
spash of milk, if needed
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper, then butter/spray the paper.
Combine the milk, butter and coffee granules in a large saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the butter is melted and the coffee granules dissolved. (mine didn't dissolve: I discovered I had used the wrong kind! If yours don't dissolve after a while, pour it through a wire strainer) Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and chopped walnuts with a wooden spoon. Stir in the egg until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flour gradually, until just combined. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and smooth the surface with a spoon.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until well risen and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack. This loaf doesn't rise REALLY high, so no worries. :)
Dissolve the coffee granules for the icing in 1 tsp boiling water, then let cool. To make the icing, beat the butter and vanilla together until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, until well combined. Beat dissolved coffee into the icing. If it is too thick, add milk, 1 tsp at a time, beating well after each, until you reach your desired consistency.
I didn't make coffee icing, because I HAD to dye it pink :) And brownish-pink just isn't pretty...
I also didn't put nuts inside... Stephen grumbled... sigh. I am going to have to make another one, ALL for me, FULL of nuts!! I was weak. Put nuts in!!
Regardless, it is delicious. I don't drink coffee, but I love the smell, and love coffee-flavored things! This cake isn't smack-you-upside-the-head coffee, but it makes itself known. I love it!!
By the way, that is also a wonderful icing recipe. I can never seem to get icing right, but this was perfect!
Light and moist, smokey coffee-flavored buttery cake... tis scrumptious. And inspirational. And I am going to make another one, full of nuts, with better instant coffee. Just to see if it can get any better... :)
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