A classic combo but in miniature, these little loaf cakes are ideal for a picnic or lunchbox, or make a sweet gift
COFFEE & WALNUT MINI LOAF CAKES
90g walnuts, toasted and chopped
150g unsalted butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
150g caster sugar
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
150g eggs (weight once shelled)
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
for the icings:
2 tsp instant coffee granules
200g fondant icing sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
for the decorations (optional)
Toasted walnuts, crushed
you will need:
Individual loaf tins, approx 10x7x4cm
1 Preheat oven to 200C/Fan 180C/400F. Lightly grease the tins, then place a strip of baking parchment across the width of each, leaving an overhanging edge on each side.
2 Toast the walnuts in a skillet or frying pan set over a low heat for a few mins. Give the pan an occasional shake so they don’t burn. Leave to cool, then roughly chop into pieces.
3 Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a free-standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat for approx 4 mins, until light and fluffy.
4 Dissolve the coffee granules with a few drops of milk, then mix with the rest of the milk before adding the eggs. Whisk to combine. Then, with the mixer running, add the liquid gradually, allowing each addition to be incorporated before adding the next, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.
5 Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then re-sift into the mixer. Beat all together briefly, stopping the moment
everything comes together. Fold in the nuts, then share the batter equally between tins.
6 Bake on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven, checking them after 20 mins. Insert a skewer into the centre of each cake; if it comes out clean, they are ready. If not, return to the oven for a further 5 mins. When baked, turn out the cakes and cool on a wire rack.
7 To make the coffee icing, start by dissolving the coffee granules with a few drops of hot water. Add the coffee solution, a little at a time, to 150g of the icing sugar and mix until it has a thick, coating consistency. If the icing is
too runny, add more icing sugar. If you want to make cocoa icing too, add the cocoa powder to the remaining 50g of icing sugar, then slowly add drops of water to achieve the same consistency as the coffee icing.
8 Once the cakes have cooled, drizzle on the icings, adding chocolate flowers or toasted walnuts for decoration.
Recipe from Soulful Baker by Julie Jones (Jacqui Small). Cake in the House is our monthly recipe feature - get a cake recipe every month in The Simple Things!