My absolute favorite cake is coffee- it has been ever since I remember (but oddly I hated coffee until about 4 years ago) and after trying the heavenly nutella frosting I thought the two might go pretty well together :) Instead of my fail safe coffee cake recipe (which I'm sure I'll share sometime soon, I never go too long without making it...) I tried another Hummingbird recipe!
(I prefer to use espresso powder- it's stronger)
450g unsalted butter (room temp)
450g caster sugar
450g plain flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
I actually halved this recipe- I thought 4 eggs worth of cake was about enough for us!
1) The instructions say to make a 'coffee essence' but boiling the coffee and 170ml of water in a pan, until the liquid is reduced, but I cut a little corner and added a tablespoon of espresso powder to about 5 teaspoons of boiling water and allowed to cool.
2) Place the butter, sugar and cooled coffee essence into a bowl, and beat until well combined and fluffy. Then add the eggs one a time, mixing them well.
The nutella frosting/coffee cake combination is definitely a winner! The coffee cake wasn't quite as good as the recipe I usually make (but that could very well be because it was a first attempt) and I'd prefer it a little more 'coffeeey' but on the whole- amazing birthday cake!!! :)
My favorite ever birthday cake was a lovely ladybird shaped one my mum made for my 6th birthday party- it was iced in bright red with black spots, and there were little icing leaves around the bottom :) What was your favorite cake?