28 April 2013

It's Not Sunday Without the Smell of Baking: Coffee Cake

Personally, I think that Sunday afternoons are not complete without the smell of baking wafting through the house- and there's nothing better than waking up on a Monday morning remembering that there's a freshly baked cake to enjoy the next few days to get you through the hard work!
This a very simple recipe from BBC Food that I've adapted to gluten free that produces a moist, light and spongy cake with a smooth coffee frosting to decorate.


225g caster sugar
225g unsalted butter
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
50ml strong instant coffee
225g gluten free self-raising flour Doves
1tsp baking powder
75g walnuts (optional)

For the frosting:

125g unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
50ml strong instant coffee

50g good quality dark chocolate
12 walnut halves (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vanilla and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.
Then on a low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, adding a tablespoon of the flour if the mixture looks like it may curdle. 
Then beat in the rest of the flour, baking powder and the coffee until you have a smooth cake batter. 
If using, stir in the walnuts and then spoon into two greased and lined 20cm/8inch cake tins. 
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown and springy to the touch. 

To make the frosting, whisk together the icing sugar, soft butter and coffee until you have a rich, spreadable frosting. Once the cake is baked, remove it from the oven and using a palette knife, turn the cakes out onto a wire cooling rack. 
Once the cakes are completely cool, sandwich the two layers together with a light layer of frosting and then top with a generous swirled layer.
To finish, grate over some of the dark chocolate and decorate with extra walnuts if you prefer. 

Serve with a mug of steaming hot coffee and the Sunday papers!



  1. Yum, looks good. I love coffee cake.


  2. This looks awesome, staying with my boyfriend's family at the moment and his Dad is gluten free. Perfect way for me to get a few extra brownie points ;)

    Katie <3

    1. Ah yes definitely- I'm sure he'd love it! My family say they can't taste any difference with the gluten free flour as the coffee gives the cake a strong flavour.Glad you like it!
      There's a few other gluten free baking recipes on my blog if he's interested.
      Katie x

  3. I'm not usually a fan of coffee cake, but your pics look oh so inviting that I'd be sorely tempted to have a slice...
    Loving the outdoor photo shoot, hurrah for summer!!
    x x x

  4. Oooh yummy I've just found your blog this morning and this cake looks gorgeous! Great blog xx


    1. thank you for the lovely comment, katie xx

  5. I completely agree - I love baking on Sundays : ) This coffee cake looks delicious!

    1. thank you! I just love having a whole sunday afternoon to experiment and I find baking so relaxing! x

  6. I love coffee and cake and your Coffee Cake is superb! I bet it taste delicious! :)



Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x