Coffee Cake


170g caster sugar
170g butter or margarine, plus extra to grease
3 large eggs (fresh available at SPAR)
170g self-rising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp. instant coffee (add more if you like it strong) dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water

For the icing:

225g icing sugar
100g butter or margarine
1 ½ tbsp. instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water
strawberry jam (optional)
walnuts or cherries, to decorate (optional)


  • Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line and grease 2 x 18cm sandwich tins. Add the sugar and butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and pale.
  • Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork, then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp. of flour each time. (Make sure you don’t use all the flour.) When the eggs have been fully combined into the mix, add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and fold it in gently.
  • Add the dissolved coffee to the mixture, still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 25-30 min until risen and firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Can be frozen at this stage.
  • Meanwhile make the icing by beating the icing sugar with the butter until light and fluffy, then add the dissolved coffee. Whisk then cover and put to one side until ready to ice the cake.
  • Once the sponges have completely cooled, spread half the icing on the bottom of one (leaving around half for the top) and spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the other, if using. Sandwich together, spread the remaining icing on top. Decorate with walnuts, or cherries if you prefer.
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