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Coffee & Walnut Cake - Super Fast - Super Easy!

Here's the easiest recipe for coffee and walnut cake - why buy from the shop when you can whip something up really fast?  I've made these this morning in the space of about 30 minutes all in. Now the way I cook is slap dash and I absolutely cannot be bothered with following a proper recipe. As long as you follow the basic ratios in cake ingredients you are going to be fine.

Victoria Sponge Cake Ratios - your need to know facts!


The ratios of ingredients are:
8oz SR Flour, 8oz Sugar, 8oz Fat to 4 eggs (add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder)
or
6oz SR Flour, 6oz Sugar, 6oz Fat to 3 eggs (add 1.25 teaspoons of baking powder)
or
4oz SR Flour, 4oz Sugar, 4oz Fat to 2 eggs (add 1 teaspoon of baking powder)

Get the idea? In my head I just think half the no. of eggs to the ounces of flour if you get me. 

Using common sense, choose your amounts according to your sandwich tin size. Or if you wish you can use the same recipe and make fairy/cupcakes in cake cases.

Quickly Make A Coffee & Walnut Sponge Cake:


Right, so I'm assuming you greased and lined your sandwich tin, or chucked your cake cases in your muffin tin, and you've turned your oven on to 180c.

Boil the kettle and in a cup add 3 teaspoons of instant coffee. Now add the smallest amount of boiling water you possibly can and mix together. Allow to cool.

Roughly chop up some walnuts.  As many as you fancy...around a handful?

Throw all the ingredients (except the coffee & nuts) in a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric hand held mixer until its light and creamy. Now add the coffee, nuts and mix. Divide it into your sandwich tins or cake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cakes are done when golden brown and you can insert a knife and it comes out clean. Leave on wire rack to cool.

How about the Coffee Icing?


Boil the kettle and in a cup add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. Now add the smallest amount of boiling water you possibly can and mix together. Allow to cool.

I never weigh out icing sugar it's too messy. Spoon a load into a large bowl (or even better put it in your food mixer). Now add some butter or margarine - about a tablespoon or less, the idea is just to blend the icing sugar together you don't need a lot.  Now add small amounts of the coffee mixture until you have a thick, smooth blend of icing. Never add liquid in large amounts otherwise you will end up with watery icing and it's very hard to get back to a stiffer mix.

When the cakes are cool, with a knife smooth the icing on to your sandwich cake base, pop the top on and ice the top too. Or just ice the top of your fairy cakes. 

All sorted?  Enjoy with a fab cup of tea or coffee!

Sale of Crochet Blankets to Help Refuge

Let's Share the Love  - Please help with yay retro's Charity Sale - I have decided to sell 5 crochet blankets and give all Profits to Refuge who help those who suffer the horror of domestic and sexual abuse -www.refuge.org.uk.



As all that can, self isolate, I hope you'll agree it's the perfect time to invest in a cosy handmade blanket knowing that your purchase will help those who are suffering right now. 'On any given day Refuge supports more than 6,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse'



You can find the blankets by clicking here


Posted in Crochet by yayretro on 22/03/2020

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