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As many of my friends will attest, I have officially become obsessed with baking. Even on my mum’s return from a month away she questioned my mental health at the amount of homemade biscuits in the house. But, as only the truly crazy will, I continued my baking quest. And truth be told, I’m not sure my friends and family mind the relentless sugary treats I’ve been bringing them.
So, with my new friend Mary Berry at the ready, I made one of the yummiest cakes yet…a coffee and walnut traybake. Interestingly, the cake doesn’t really work without the icing, having quite a bitter taste, but with it, it’s lip-smackingly good, so get ready to enter a sugar comatose with this easy as recipe…
225g softened butter (please god make sure this is room temp, blooming nightmare if not)
225g light muscovado sugar
275g self-raising flour
2 level tsp of baking powder
4 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp coffee essence (I found mine in Tesco)
75g chopped walnuts
75g softened butter
225g sifted icing sugar
2 tsp coffee essence
walnut halves (for decoration)
But how do I make it?!
Hold your horses, i’m getting there and the good news is, it’s super simple (as long as the bloody butter is at room temperature!) Start off by preheating the oven to 180 celsius (160 for a fan) and line the base of a 12 x 9 inch roasting tin with greaseproof/baking paper.
Measure all of the cake ingredients into a large bowl and mix it all up nicely. Pop that in the tin, making sure it’s level and then pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the sides have pulled away from the tin and the top springs back when you press it. Leave it in the tin to cool before setting it on a plate.
You can now start the icing…wooooooop! Just make sure that the cake is fully cooled before you try and ice it otherwise that sugary goodness will wiggle it’s way down the sides before you can say ‘bake off’! So, beat together the butter, icing sugar, coffee essence and milk until it looks a little like this….super smooth.
Spread it nicely over the top of the cake and pop the walnut halves on top to decorate, tah dah!! You now have a beautiful, yummy cake you can give to some choice mates or scoff yourself. Well done kids, be sure to give the lovely Mary Berry a big air high 5 for this one.