Coffee bundt cake

I had had a special request for a coffee cake from my lovely mother-in-law, and I am always happy to oblige such requests. Naturally I decided a bundt cake would be best because, well, bundt cakes are just superior, and what better way to spend a random sunny day off work than baking and enjoying a lovely piece of cake out in the garden?

Bundt cake just chillin' in the garden

Delia provided my starting point but the recipe obviously needed bundtifying (totally a word), not to mention leaving out the faffing around with walnuts and syrup (I can make a beautifully moist cake without dousing it in sugary coffee, thanks Delia). I also upped the coffee I put in the cake because, this being Delia, I just assumed it could do with cranking up a notch or two.

For the cake:
2 tablespoons instant coffee, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
175g self-raising flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
175g granulated sugar
175g butter, softened
3 large eggs at room temperature

For the icing:
200g mascarpone
50g icing sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

For the cake:
1. Grease your bundt tin well and preheat the oven to 160C (fan oven) / 170C
2.  Stick all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth (it’s important that your butter is really soft, or this won’t work terribly well). The mixture should be soft and drop off a spoon when you rap it against the side of the bowl – if not add a little water
3.  Pour into your prepared bundt tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the deepest part of the tin comes out clean
4. Invert the bundt tin over a large plate and leave to cool – the cake should drop out of its own accord. If not, carefully slide a spatula around the outside of the tin and the hole in the middle then invert again and leave the cake to do its thing.

For the icing:
1. Beat all the ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth

Once the cake is completely cool, dollop the icing on top and spread it around with a spatula. Then present it to your mother- and grandmother-in-law and earn mega brownie points 😀



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