A Guest Blog - Coffee cake for pudding in my secret shed!

Anna Lewis Wednesday, November, 19 2014

One of our lovely, talented owners Jane Cumberbatch, owner of stylish location 2691 has kindly written a guest blog for us this week, this will definitely get the taste buds going....

Written by Jane Cumberbatch

Coffee cake  for pudding in my secret shed!
My mother's coffee cake was as much a part of childhood as the roast on a Sunday. She died fifteen years ago and I haven't been able to pin down the coffee -flavoured memories and texture until last week when I downloaded Felicity Cloake's perfect coffee and walnut cake. Apart from my mum's touch, I think the light brown sugar element is what was missing in my previous attempts. Here is the recipe with a few tweaks, and sans walnuts because I prefer my coffee cake without. It was the pudding queen at a family get-together in my 'secret shed' glowing with candlelight at the bottom of the garden. Basically I dressed up the garden shed (much loved, too by stylists for their shoots here!) with candles and tea lights in jam jars, spread the table with a white cloth and unwound a cable from the house for a heater. It was snug and good to be semi-outside on a dark Autumn evening.


The cake

Heat oven to 180C and grease and line the bases of 2x20cm cake tins

Mix the coffee with 1 tbsp boiling water and leave to cool.  

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture. Once incorporated  sift in the flour , baking powder and salt and fold in with a large metal spoon, adding the coffee, too.

Divide the batter between the tins, if very stiff add a little mili. Bake for 25minutes . Cool for 10 minutes in the tins and put on a wire rack to finish cooling.

 The Icing

Mix 2tbsp coffee with 1 tbsp boiling water and leave to cool.

Beat the butter until soft, sift in the sugar, salt and add the coffee and cream. Stir until fluffy and smooth.   Spread one cake with   just under  half of the icing, and place the other cake on top. Spread the remaining icing on top.

Jane Cumberbatch

Jane Cumberbatch

Let us know how you get it on with this delicious recipe and be sure to have a look around Jane's lovely location and be inspired for your next shoot...Location 2691