Chocolate coffee cake with vanilla custard

Coffee cake
Coffee cake

A very easy and tasty coffee cake recipe for you to enjoy!
Serve with vanilla or caramel/toffee custard.

Ingredients
2 eggs
one and a half cups plain flour
one and a half teaspoons baking powder
half a cup of sugar
a pinch of salt
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
half a cup black coffee

Method
Start by making the coffee because it needs to cool down a bit before adding it to the batter. I made an espresso with my Bialetti espresso maker, topped up with a bit of warm water to make half a cup. In the same cup, add the 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the coffee mixture and mix well so that the powder is dissolved in the coffee mixture. Let it cool.

In a mixing bowl mix the butter and the sugar with a hand blender. Then add the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and coffee mixture. Blend everything together with a spoon. Mix properly but try not to over-mix.

Spoon the batter with a spatula into a cake pan. Bake for 25 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius.

Serve warm with vanilla, caramel or toffee custard.

A Plain Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake

Here is an easy recipe for a yummy double chocolate cake!

Ingredients
60 ml cocoa powder
90 ml hot water
5 ml vanilla essence
300 ml cake flour
60 ml sunflower oil
3 large eggs, separated
about 80 ml water
125 ml sugar
extra 80 ml sugar
10 ml baking powder
pinch of salt

For the icing
100 g butter
350 ml icing sugar
50 ml cocoa powder
about 40 ml water to mix

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Mix the cocoa and the hot water. Let cool. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the egg yolks, oil, vanilla and the cooled down cocoa mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff, gradually adding the extra sugar. Fold this into the chocolate mixture.

Spoon the batter into 2 greased/lined pans or in one big cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes.

When cooled down, remove from pans. Mix the ingredients for the icing together and spread gradually over the cooled cake.

Decorate with  silver sugar sprinkles or any other decorating sprinkles.

Have fun baking!