Coffee and Walnut Sponge Cake
This is a revised, more contemporary, version of one of the original sponge cakes in the earlier book. I am still very fond of it and have continued to make it regularly over the years. Now, though, since the advent of mascarpone, the icing is a great improvement.
|115g self-raising flour|
|1 level teaspoon baking powder|
|115g spreadable butter|
|2 large eggs|
|115g golden caster sugar|
|1 rounded tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder|
|50g walnuts, very finey chopped|
|For the filling and topping:|
|1 rounded dessert spoon instant espresso coffee powder|
|1 tablespoon golden caster sugar|
|1-2 tablespoons milk|
|8 walnut halves|
|Pre-heat the oven to 170C, gas mark 3|
|Need help with conversions?|
|Equipment: Two 18cm by 4cm sponge tins, lightly buttered and bases lined, plus two wire cooling trays. Read more about tins and liners here.|
This recipe is from Delia's Cakes
Start off by sifting the flour and baking powder into a roomy mixing bowl, holding the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing as it goes down, then add the butter, eggs, caster sugar and coffee powder.
Now, using an electric hand whisk, mix to a smooth, creamy consistency for about 1 minute. After that take a tablespoon and fold the chopped nuts into the mixture.
Next divide the mixture between the two prepared tins, level off using the back of a tablespoon and bake near the centre of the oven for about 25 minutes. The sponges are cooked when you press lightly with your little finger and the centre springs back.
Remove them from the oven and after about 30 seconds loosen the edges by sliding a palette knife all round then turn them out onto a wire cooling tray. Now carefully peel back the lining by gently pulling it back.
Then lightly place the other cooling tray on top and just flip them both over so that the tops are facing upwards (this is to prevent them sticking to the cooling tray).
While the cakes are cooling, make up the filling: in a small bowl combine the mascarpone, coffee powder and caster sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk – what you need is a smooth spreadable consistency.
As some mascarpones are wetter than others it’s impossible to be precise, but add a bit more milk if you think it needs it.
When the cakes are cold, spread half the filling over one, sandwich them together, then spread the rest over the top using a palette knife and making a swirling pattern.
Then finish off by placing the walnuts in a circle near the edge.
Store in a polythene box in the fridge.
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