Anyway back to my partner, to celebrate we decided to do a cake and when I asked him he said 'Coffee!' which may have been more to do with him wanting a cup of coffee than any specific cake design concepts.But We figured out a way to give him both!
The cake needed to be sturdy so I did a coffee pound cake. For future reference I would add a coffee syrup for texture and extra flavour. However I think this was still pretty delicious! Here's how I put it together, recipe at the end.
I divided the main cake and first filled with fudgy ganache
Then coated it in whipped ganache and smoothed it out
Then I split the mini cakes, filled them with ganache and added them to the top of the cake, Being careful to avoid crumbs!!
Then I added a top coating of ganache before frosting with buttercream. I piped a rim for the mugs from butter cream also. The butter cream was initially difficult to smooth so I got it as smooth as possible and then let it set up in the fridge before applying greaseproof paper and smoothing further.
The handles were a mixture of fondant and flower paste, as mentioned above. If these are not things you have lying around you could feasibly make a play dough from flour, water and food dye and leave it it dry in the oven or the sun. Just be sure that no-one tries to eat it!
Finally there was the issue of the froth/cream. For this I made a homemade marshmallow fluffy using marshmallows and some agave nectar. It worked beautifully imho. However word to the wise- this stuff is Hella sticky, so keep some tools and a food scissors in a bath of hot water nearby while applying.
And that's it! Simples! Not really....but fun!
Coffee Cake Recipe
280g Plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp instant coffee + 2 tbsp boiling water
285g Dark Chocolate
285/1 container double cream
100g unsalted butter
200g Icing sugar
1 tbsp Milk
Black food colouring
3 jumbo marshmallows
1 tsp Agave nectar
1 - Preheat oven to 180'. Beat together butter and sugar
2- Sieve together the flour, baking powder and baking soda
3 - Alternate additions of flours and eggs
4 - Add the coffee and vanilla
1 - Heat the cream
2 - Chop chocolate into small pieces and pour over the hot cream
3 - Leave the chocolate and cream to sit and then mix thoroughly
4 - Leave to sit for at least 30 minutes to cool fully before whipping
1 - Beat together the butter and icing sugar
2 - Add milk and food colouring
1 - Melt marshmallows in the microwave for 30 seconds
2 - Add the agave nectar and add to the top of the cups immediately
I am not going to get to worked up encouraging you to do this at home as I appreciate it's not a one hour job. However I will say that if you have a loved one that deserves a special treat it is probably less work thanks you would imagine! The whole thing really reminded me of Gilmore Girls and as a result I got through a few episodes while putting the cake together, which means that the review will be soon. (I don't know why I am constantly teasing this review......setting myself up for failure)
Otherwise I hope you enjoy this fun post and I will return next week with something a little more normal but just as delicious!!