Cappuccino Cake

If you’re already bored of seeing the January detox recipes then here’s a rare treat for you! Even if you are on a health kick, surely you deserve a wee weekend treat right (my apologies for the peer pressure but this cake is just soooooo good)?!!??!

On my drive home from work today someone was talking on the radio about how unlucky people who have birthdays this time of year are; not only are friends are all partied out after new years but everyone is flat broke after the expense of Christmas and the early December pay day. So this post is all of you out there in need of an amazing cake and a Birthday celebration, as it’s so good it will put a smile on even the saddest of faces!

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For the cake

  • 250g butter – softened
  • 250g light soft brown sugar
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs – beaten
  • 50g walnuts – toasted and whizzed in a food processor to finely chop
  • 100ml strong coffee

For the icing

  • 500g tub mascarpone
  • 50ml strong coffee
  • 2 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla essence
  • Cocoa powder and giant chocolate buttons to top

Heat the oven to 160’C

Grease and line 2 x 20” cake tins

Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy

Add the flour and eggs and beat together until everything is evenly mixed

Fold in the walnuts and the coffee

Divide the cake mixture between the 2 tins and and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until they are springy to touch and are cleared away from the edges of the tin.

Leave the cakes to cool in the tin and then tip out to cool completely on a rack.

While the cakes are cooling, beat together the mascarpone, coffee and sugar until smooth and creamy

Use half of the icing to sandwich the two cakes together and then spread the rest of the frosting over the top of the cake.

Decorate with your buttons and a sprinkling of cocoa and then slice up and enjoy!

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16 comments

  1. kimberlyannglover said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    This looks great!
    What are the buttons made of?

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    1. homemadewithmess said on January 6, 2016 Reply

      To be honest I intended to make chocolate & coffee meringues but added too much cocoa powder and coffee so they were pretty flat (hence not including them in the recipe).

      I therefore just suggested using giant chocolate buttons instead. Cadbury’s do a good range of these.

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      1. kimberlyannglover said on January 8, 2016

        Oh, thank you, that makes perfect sense. I didn’t understand the term “buttons”.

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  2. kimberlyannglover said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    Reblogged this on Glover Gardens Cookbook and commented:
    This is a nice-looking, decadent recipe for a back-to-work week in January. It’s on my calendar for this weekend.

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  3. Sweetnsimpleblogspot said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    Yumm!!! Looks so good!!

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  4. To Arizona......and beyond said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    This looks delicious! I like the idea of marscapone for the icing, not as sweet as buttercream and adding a bit of tiramisu flavour?!

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    1. homemadewithmess said on January 6, 2016 Reply

      Definitely, this is my new favourite icing base, I have used it multiple time since – it’s delicious!

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  5. nancyruth said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    Yum,yum! I’ll have to do recipe conversions for US measurements but it looks worth it!

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  6. The Culinary Jumble said on January 6, 2016 Reply

    Looks amazing! Funnily enough I just made a cappuccino cake myself today – one of my favourites!

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  7. LickYourPlate said on January 7, 2016 Reply

    So refreshing to see something at this time of year that is resolutely non-detox! Looks delicious

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  8. A Full Spoon of... said on January 8, 2016 Reply

    Wow, yum!

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  9. stateeats said on January 9, 2016 Reply

    My hubby’s bday is not til Nov but he loooooooves coffee anything so I am bookmarking this for later in the year. -Kat

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    1. homemadewithmess said on January 10, 2016 Reply

      Funnily enough I made this for my husbands birthday, also in November, and he loved it!!!

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  10. adviceologie said on January 14, 2016 Reply

    This looks so tastyyy !
    Can’t wait to go back home and try it !

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  11. janaknmistry said on January 16, 2016 Reply

    this one sure is on my TO Do list. Have never made a dessert before but would surely try one soon.

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  12. Rashminotes said on January 26, 2016 Reply

    Wow..looks so delectable!

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