Being an adult means you can go to bed knowing you have the blissful joy of a coffee mornings waiting for you before work. Yes! these are the unfortunate realities of being a working adult where you calculate how many hours of sleep you can get plus trying to decide if the extra minutes you spent in bed will mean you have bad out-of-a-jar coffee at work as opposed to freshly brewed at home with glorious frothed milk.
Yes, I am an uncultured coffee snob who cannot get over people preferring tinned Nescafe or a proper brew. Like, you couldn’t even elevate yourself to the bottled Gold or Rich blend. WHY YOU SO TERRIBLE. But one cannot be blamed for lack of coffee knowledge in Nigeria – we are more bothered about more pressing matters such as dollar, Buhari’s state of health and the price of tomato in the market.
I digerse, from said coffee mornings dreams – what makes coffee mornings so much better are if they had accompanied by some pastry of some sort. Give me a Ham and Cheese sandwich made with flaky croissant (forget that I am lactose-intolerant for a minute), or bless me with a muffin or coffee cake (recipe below) and I am your bff. So with the aim of gaining more friends as all my friends are currently everywhere in the world but in Lagos, I am sharing this coffee cake recipe and hosting a coffee morning one of these weekends. ENJOY!
- 150 g caster sugar
- 150 g butter or margarine
- 3 eggs
- 150 g self raising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1 tbsp instant coffee add more if you like it strong
- 225 g icing sugar
- 100 g butter or margarine
- 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp hot water
Preheat the oven at 160C, 325 F,gas 3.Baseline and grease two equally sized sandwich tins. Add the sugar and the butter to a bowl and whisk until very fluffy and a pale cream.
Whisk the eggs in a mug with a fork and then add them gradually to the mixture with 1 tbsp of flour each time. Make sure you don't use all the flour.
Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder to the mixture and fold it in gently.
Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and add to the mixture still folding. Divide into the sandwich tins and cook for 30 minutes
Meanwhile Cream the butter and the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve the coffee in boiling water, making sure you don't add too much water or the icing will be runny and add it to the butter and icing sugar. Whisk and leave in the fridge until the cake is done.
Decorate with cherries or walnuts. ENJOY!