Coffee cake recipe

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  • Serves: 12

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Coffee cake has a rich coffee flavour and this easy recipe makes a 20cm cake that's layered with coffee-infused frosting and dusted with cocoa powder. Triple tested in the Woman’s Weekly kitchen, this seriously good cake is has that rich, coffee flavour along with a coffee-infused buttercream, which comes from handy coffee essence. Serving up to 12 people, this cake is ready in 45 mins - with just a 15 mins prep time. The filling and topping are both made using coffee essence, which you can buy in most supermarkets in the baking aisle. On a low oven temperature, this cake cooks to slowly and perfectly inside and out. Dust this coffee cake with cocoa powder as a lovely complement to the coffee flavour and aroma. It's all so surprisingly simple for such a impressive cake.

Add fancy arrangement of chocolate buttons if you like.


  • 250g butter or margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 60g golden syrup
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 3tbsp coffee essence (Camp coffee)
For the filling and decoration:
  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 2-3tbsp coffee essence
  • 2tsp cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins, buttered and base-lined


  1. Set the oven to 190C, 375F, gas 5. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Sift in the flour and baking powder, and add the coffee essence. Whisk together for 1-2 mins until the mixture is smooth, light and fluffy.
  2. Divide the mixture between the two tins and spread evenly. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins, until well-risen and firm to the touch. Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack to cool.
  3. To make the filling: Beat the butter, icing sugar, coffee and 2tbsp water together until smooth, light and fluffy. Place one of the cakes on a flat serving plate and spread with half the buttercream. Place the second cake on top and spread with the rest of the buttercream, swirling the top. Dust with cocoa powder. Slice to serve. Store in an airtight container. It will keep for a couple of days.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 460(kcal)
  • Fat 33.0g
  • Saturates 20.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I made this cake at the weekend but I forgot to put the syrup in. I used gluten free flour. The cake rose really well and had a nice texture. However, it had a strange taste so I'm no type sure if it was the flour or the baking powder. Any comments please.


Easy to make. Used instant coffee and a little water, rises well. Cake moist and fluffy. Delicious


Do you think this would work without the golden syrup?


I prefer to cool them in the tins as seem to make the edges less dry. Also use 2 heaped tablespoons of coffee steeped in 3 tbsps. of cold water instead of camp coffee - works fine. Excellent easy recipe which gives professional results - sure the golden syrup keeps it moist.


Agree with Tania I used a good quality instant dissolved in a tablespoon of warm water then allowed to cool. No need to buy extra ingredients when there is always coffee in the cupboard.


Why on earth are you using Camp Coffee? surely real coffee is better.

Joanne Pickles Fenwick

I made this cake for a Macmillan coffee morning, i wasnt there but it went down a treat, apparently the host could have sold 6 more. Easy to make


I would make this at my coffee morning. Where I work we have a big sweet and chocolate tin, which has an ever-growing bottom layer of coffee flavoured chocs and sweets! Nobody wants them, and everyone has the preconception that coffee flavoured things don't taste nice. When they taste my delicious coffee cake, perhaps they will realise that coffee things are lovely too, and the sweet tin will be emptied of the unloved sweets!

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