My streak of bad luck with birthday cakes is finally over. My last two birthday cakes for friends had been disasters.
Let's first admire my latest success -- a simple coffee and almond cake from Jamie Oliver.
It's just a simple coffee flavored sponge cake with some ground almonds in it. Then it's sliced in half, filled with frosting and then glazed with icing.
Yea it looks like it exploded. With expired milk on top. I'm not going to go into this.
And then I don't have photographic evidence for the other one.
The other one was bad, it didn't rise, but the other one was so bad that it's actually funny. What's your worst cake disaster?
Recipe adapted Jamie Oliver
175g unsalted butter, cubed and softened, plus extra to grease
75g ground almonds
3 eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
50ml cold espresso
125g icing sugar
40ml strong espresso
100g icing sugar
20ml strong espresso
Preheat the oven to 180C
Grease and line the base of a cake tin.
Cream the butter in a bowl with the sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs then add the ground almonds and gently stir through
Fold the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt through with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
Stir in the espresso.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden/when a knife is inserted into the cake it comes out clean.
Leave the cake to cool and make the filling and icing.
For the filling
Put the butter in a bowl. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until fluffy, then beat in the coffee.
For the icing
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and beat in the coffee to make a thick, smooth icing
Cut the cake in half with a knife and spread on one half the coffee filling. Top with the other half and drizzle over icing. You can smooth it over with a palette knife or with a spatula. Sprinkle over some almonds if you wish.