Friday, January 18, 2008

R' Coffee-honey-cashew cake

Hmmm...both A and I were suddenly yearning to eat a coffee cake. Now that I have the werewithals (an OTG - a diwali gift from A), I googled to look up a recipe and I found as expected tons of recipes of cakes to eat with coffee...all sorts of cake. Not the recipe I was looking for which was well...a cake with coffee. So, e-mailed R for a recipe for cake with coffee as an ingredient (and honey too, A added) and trusty R promptly sent back one and subsequently revised the proportions for a very small cake mould which would fit inside my small OTG. And yesterday, with shaking hands, heart thumping wildly, I tried it out.
You will need:

Flour: 1 cup
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Clove and cinamon powder: 3/4 tsp
Ground nutmeg: 1/4 tsp
Chopped walnut/almond/cashew: 1/3 cup (I used cashew. R's says walnut is the best but others will do.)
Instant coffee: 1&1/2 tbsp
Hot water: 1-2 tsp
Powdered sugar: 1 cup
Honey: 1/4 cup
Eggs: 2 lightly beaten
Butter: 150 gms
Milk: 1/4 cup

Here's How:

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, ground spice and a pinch of salt ina bowl.
  2. Add the chopped cashew.
  3. In another bowl mix the sugar,honey, butter and water and coffee well.
  4. Then add the flour spice to it along with egg, milk.
  5. Mix to form a smooth batter.
  6. Grease a mould and pour the batter in to it and bake for 40-60 minutes till a knife inserted comes out clean. (I baked the cake for 40 minutes at 210 deg C).

Note: Lightly dust powdered sugar on top of cake or Spread coffee cream on top of the cake

For coffee cream: Mix 250 g butter, 2& 1/3 cup icing sugar, 3tsp heaped instant coffee, 6 tsp hot water well, to form a creamy paste and spread on cake top with a spatula or cut the cake horizontally into two and use it to sandwich it.

(I didn't do either....just served the plain cake as is, fresh from the oven).

How simple the above recipe reads doesnt it? And it is too. But if I described my would take pages and probably be a primer on how not to do it but despite or perhaps inspite of it all, the cake was quite OK. It was rapidly eaten up and pronounced quite good for a first effort. And what's more, if I can do can anyone...So try it out.

Thanks to A for mental support.

Thanks to R for the recipe, long distance encouragement including answering three phone calls on silly issues like I have added the milk before the water or how does one grind the nutmeg etc?

Thanks to J who didnt say anything at the enormous amount of dishes to be cleaned although she did say that while this cake is nice, the one didi (R) sent was BETTER!


Umesh said...

It looks delicious. Is it the picture ;) or it actually was...??

Sukanya M said...

Ofcourse it was...cant u see the photo shows the cake half eaten???