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Cakes & Bakes: Mocha fudge cake with coffee icing

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

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slice of mocha fudge cake on a plate with mug of coffee

This is the first post of a new series – Cakes & Bakes – where we’ll regularly share recipes that we’ve tried out along with photos of the results!

slice of mocha fudge cake on a plate with mug of coffee

Today’s recipe, mocha fudge cake with coffee icing, was taken from Good Food Magazine | 101 Cakes & Bakes | Tried-and-Tested Recipes

Takes 1 hour 5 minutes plus 4 hours chilling

Cakes & Bakes: Mocha fudge cake with coffee icing

Yield: serves 10

Cakes & Bakes: Mocha fudge cake with coffee icing

Ingredients

  • For the icing
  • 175g/6oz plain chocolate, melted50g/2oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 150ml/¼ pint double-strength espresso
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g/10oz icing sugar
  • For the cake
  • 300g/10oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 125ml/4 fl oz milk
  • 4 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 85g/3oz unsalted butter
  • 280g/10oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz plain chocolate, melted
  • 125ml/4 fl oz sour cream

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the cooled icing ingredients. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4/fan oven 160°C. Butter & flour two 20cm/8" loose-based cake tins. Sift the flour and baking powder. Stir the vanilla into the egg yolks. Heat half the milk to boiling point, stir in the coffee to dissolve, then add the rest of the milk and cool.
  3. Cream the butter and 200g/8oz of the caster sugar. Slowly whisk in the egg yolk mixture, then the melted chocolate. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients, the cooled milk and the soured cream. Whisk the egg whites until stiff; whisk in the remaining sugar to form firm peaks. Fold the egg whites into the cake mixture and pour into the tins.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until risen. Cool, split each cake in two, and layer with the icing.

Notes

The cake is delicious when warmed slightly - 30 seconds in a microwave will do it. Serve with crème fraîche, double cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We added some mini chocolate chips for decoration - chocolate covered coffee beans would also work well!

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Meakin Applewood

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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J & G Meakin "Applewood" coffee pot and cup & saucer set

We picked up some of this fabulous vintage crockery this week. It’s one of our favourite designs with the sylised leaves & sliced apples.

J & G Meakin "Applewood" cup & saucer set

It’s only a part set, but that doesn’t really matter. We can either sell it as individual items or put it into our store cupboard to wait for the other pieces to complete the set. We’ve got lots of odd pieces waiting to make into sets!!!

J & G Meakin "Applewood" saucer

It’s the J & G Meakin Applewood pattern produced in the 1960s – isn’t it gorgeous?!

Wednesday Wish: Handpresso Hybrid Outdoor Set

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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Handpresso Hybrid Outdoor Set
Handpresso Hybrid Outdoor Set: Fairfax Coffee – £135.00

Justin gave me a lovely espresso machine a couple of Christmases ago and it’s seen a lot of service – a quick pick me up before going out in the morning!

But what’s a girl to do when she’s out & about, miles away from a coffee shop and needs a fix? We’re off for a break to the Lake District soon so that scenario is highly likely to occur. Step forward the Handpresso Hybrid Outdoor Set… it’s the ultimate glamping accessory!

Mini Mugs

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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collection of pottery espresso mugs hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Following on from all the wonderful stuff in our recent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair blog post, here’s some more hand crafted loveliness!

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Justin’s brother, Damian is a very skilled potter and he dropped off some of his new designs on a recent visit.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Amongst them were these sweet espresso coffee mugs.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

We love the tall narrow shape which still fits under most coffee machines and retains the heat of a small espresso very well.

He’s experimented with a few different glazes – various colours & textures – and they feel really good in the hand.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

 Small certainly is beautiful!

If you’ve got any favourites or feedback please leave a comment here. We’ll be sure to pass them on – Damian’s always interested to hear what people think – especially about new ideas!

Designed by?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

We need a little help – who designed this?

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

We bought this really interesting coffee percolator at a market last week.

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

We think it’s a very good example of domestic industrial design.

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

It probably dates from between the 1920s and the 1940s…

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

It’s made from steel with Bakelite finials.

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

It gives us a few clues – such as registered design marks – and the number ’37′ to the base.

detail from vintage industrial designed steel coffee percolator

It’s very reminiscent of Naum Slutky and Bauhaus design… have you got any thoughts?

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