I do love a bundt cake! Must be linked to my Polish Gran's baking. I definitely remember lots of cakes in bundt form. Anyway - this is my version of one of my favourite cakes - the awesome coffee and walnut. A favourite amongst cyclists at the 'cake stop' I have been told! However you don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy this one - or even own a bike. Feel free to eat a slice while watching TV and having a sedentary afternoon!
This is a really easy method as everything just gets mixed in together in the bowl before baking. Feel free to use another nut if you so choose. I also used hazelnuts in another incarnation of this cake - my equally tasty hazelnut mocha cake.
I hope you enjoy! Happy baking :-)
1 cup soured milk/yogurt (squeeze of lemon until milk curdles - don't worry it'll look horrible but will be OK - it helps the rise!)
2 cups light brown sugar
3 cups plain flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla essence/vanilla pod seeds
1 tsp mixed spice
half cup vegetable oil
2 heaped tsp baking powder
2 level tbs instant coffee granules
1/2 cup cold coffee (made with instant or ground coffee)
cream cheese icing:
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp instant coffee
1 cup cream cheese
Garnish with whatever you fancy or leave plain. I blitz some leftover cake in the processor to make cake crumbs to sprinkle on top, but you could do this with walnuts, chocolate chips, sprinkling of nutmeg cocoa........
- Grease a bundt tin, and dust it lightly with flour. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F.
- Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add eggs, milk/yogurt, cold coffee, coffee granules, oil, sugar, vanilla, mixed spice and salt. Beat using an electric whisk for about 3-4 mins
- Stir in chopped walnuts.
- Pour the mixture into the tin, and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes until well risen and a skewer comes out clean.
- Turn off the oven, and remove cake - leave to cool for about 10 minutes before easing out of the tin. Then leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Mix the icing ingredients together either by hand or in the processor until smooth
- Cut the cake in half and divide the icing between the middle and the top of the cake.
- Top with your garnish of choice, then cut yourself a slice and enjoy!