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Chocolate Coffee ‘Tiramisu’ Cake

Chocolate Coffee ‘Tiramisu’ Cake

I have chosen this delicious cake which falls in to the ‘very easy to make’ category and is a popular afternoon tea choice at the Cafe. This is based on a recipe by the fabulous Mitzie Wilson whose book I used constantly as a student – baking for my flatmates to brighten up our days. Instead of Mitzie’s Marscapone Icing I tend to use Cream Cheese frosting (a cheaper ingredient for a poor student which has now stuck!). I also think this keeps better in the fridge as a Marscapone topping can look pretty sad the next day & nobody wants a sad-looking cake.

Recently voted by one of our customers: the best cake she has EVER had. You can’t beat that for a recommendation! Here’s how I make it:

April Recipe: Tiramisu Cake

First pre-heat the oven to 170ºC and grease & line a cake tin

Dissolve 1 tblsp instant coffee in 1tsp boiling water then put into a large mixing bowl with:

125g Self-Rasing Flour

1 tsp Baking powder

125g Butter (I use cooking margarine)

125g Golden Caster Sugar

60g Grated Dark Chocolate (or coarsely chopped in a processor)

2 Free-range Eggs

Mix together then pour into the prepared cake tin.

Place in the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes until springy to the touch.

Leave to cool then pour over Brandy (you could also use Rum or Marsala) and leave to soak in.

Make your Icing: whisk together 100g cream cheese, 150g icing sugar, 100g butter (margarine)  until smooth.

Spread this over your sponge and then dust liberally with cocoa powder

They also make delicious & unusual cupcakes and you can booze them up as much as you like for a grown up party!

NB: For the version I make at the Cafe, I make two of these sponges (using decaf coffee) soaked in a slightly Brandy flavoured sugar syrup then sandwiched together with some of the frosting.


Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Recipes


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Ribbon Wreaths & Bra Bunting: Breast Cancer Coffee Morning this Friday!

Well my head has been in a whirl of all things pink as October is officially “Go Pink”” Month in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

I am planning lots of wonderful things to bake and decorate – pink ribbon runouts, bra bunting and pink cowgirl cookie mix in a  jar. It’s not just for me it’s all in aid of our Go Pink Coffee Morning on Friday October 21st with all profits going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

I think everyone must know someone, either a family or friend who has had breast cancer, and yes men can get it too… So come along with your friends and support a great cause.

Upstairs at Cafe Retro Friday 21st October 2011: 9.30am –  12 noon
for cakes, biscuits, coffee & tea all for a great cause

Ribbon topped Cupcakes, Coconut Macaroons, fresh Strawberry Cream Gateau, Cake Pops & Brownies!!!

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Day in the life


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