I know this may be a little unadventurous but who doesn't love a good coffee cake? This recipe is from one of Nigel Slaters books i recently acquired and this is definitely one of my favourite cakes ever.
Is there anything else to say..?
For the cake:
175g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
175g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 heaped teaspoons instant coffee granules
70g chopped walnut pieces
400g icing sugar
2 teaspoons coffee granules
60g walnut pieces
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar, beating well after each egg. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix carefully. Dissolve the coffee granules in a tablespoon of boiling water and incorperate into the mix. Finally fold in the chopped walnuts. Divide the cake mix between two (i used three) 20cm lined cake tins and bake at 180C for twenty to twenty five minutes.
When they are cooled beat the butter and icing sugar together and as before dissolve the coffee in a tablespoon of boiling water and beat into the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Ice the cake however you like and sprinkle with walnut pieces!