Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Cappuccino Cake with Chocolate Orange Frosting.

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Okay, I know what you're thinking. 'Coffee and orange? Surely they are two flavours that should not be mixed!' That's what I thought when I tried this out, but you'll never know unless you have a go. I was pleasantly surprised that, because the coffee flavour in the cake isn't too strong, the orange in the frosting actually brings out the coffee and compliments it really well. This recipe is really easy to follow and produces a really moist cake with a delicious frosting. However, if you don't like the idea of chocolate orange, any chocolate can be used in the frosting. The original recipe suggested white chocolate to make the cake look like an actual cappuccino but sadly I didn't have enough so I decided to experiment with some Christmas leftovers instead.

Ingredients:

Cake: 225g/8oz Butter
225g/8oz Self-Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Cocoa Powder
225g/8oz Caster Sugar
4 Eggs (beaten)
3 tbsp Instant Coffee Powder (dissolved in 2 tbsp of hot water)

Frosting: 115g/4oz of your choice of Chocolate
55g/2oz Butter
3 tbsp Milk
175g/6oz Icing Sugar

Method:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the butter, caster sugar, beaten eggs and coffee and combine thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into the tin lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is well risen and firm.
4. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes and then turn it out onto a cooling rack. Peel off the greaseproof paper carefully as the bottom of the cake will become the new top to offer a flat base for the frosting.
5. To make the frosting, melt the chocolate, butter and milk together in a bowl over simmering water. Keep stirring until it's well melted and smooth.
6. Sift the icing sugar into the melted mix and beat until combined.
7. When the cake is completely cool, spread evenly over the cake using a spatula or a kitchen palette knife.
8. To finish off, dust with an even amount of cocoa powder all over!

Enjoy!

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