I love having people over (or volunteering to bring something along when invited) because it gives me a chance to test out recipes that I wouldn’t otherwise. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t like it, but what I mean is that with a toddler and husband with a very specific palate, I sometimes get lazy in wanting to try new recipes. Like this Coffee Flavored Cake by Flour and Spice– you see, although I love coffee, my husband isn’t a fan of it, and I’m not crazy enough to give my almost-3-year-old son a cake loaded with caffeine. #SorryNotSorry
So last week when I was invited to a ladies brunch, I jumped at the chance to bring along a dessert. I had pinned this recipe when it was first posted for two reasons:
(i) I love coffee and coffee flavored baked goods.
(ii) The size of the cake is ideal for a small gathering, i.e., it produces a one layer 9″ cake. Also, the frosting amount is perfect too.
If you or someone you know is a fan of anything coffee, be sure to give this cake a shot. It’s super easy to throw together and the results are phenomenal 🙂
Coffee Flavored Caked
With Coffee Buttercream
Yield: One 9” Cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- ¼ cup milk
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F and set aside a greased 9-inch cake pan.
In a medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine instant coffee and hot water. Mix until the granules have dissolved completely. Add milk and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter at low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, approximately another 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
Add the coffee and milk mixture and mix well. Do not worry if the batter looks curdled. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until thoroughly combined.
Transfer batter to greased pan and bake for 28 to 32 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine hot water and instant coffee. Mix until the granules have dissolved completely and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until fully incorporated, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add coffee mixture, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed for a few minutes to incorporate. Do not worry is the frosting looks curdled. Increase speed to medium and beat for a few minutes, until the frosting is light and fluffy. Frost cake as desired.