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Christmas Coffee Cake

Ah Christmas, a time where all pretences of a healthy lifestyle go out the window and you end up eating cake for breakfast. If you're going to eat dessert for every meal of the day then you may as well make it a good'un. I was sent some incredible Christmas Blend Coffee from Adams and Russell (North West based Coffee Roasters) and knew there was only one thing to do with it- a festive coffee cake to give out to friends, family and festive visitors.



You Will Need:

For the cake-
- 240g of plain flour
- 110g of soft, unsalted butter
- 225g caster sugar
- 150g of soft, brown sugar
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 3 big eggs
- 120 ml milk
- Vanilla extract
- 120 ml of freshly made, cooled coffee. I used this one but if you haven't got the beans then instant coffee will do.

For the frosting-
-75g soft butter
-250g icing sugar
-225g of cream cheese

What to do:

1. Get prepared. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line two round baking tins with butter and baking paper.


2. Cream together the butter and both sugars.


3. Add the eggs one at a time and stir through the mixture.


4. Alternative between adding the baking powder, flour, milk and cooled coffee until your mixture comes together as a cake batter. Give it a good whisk to avoid lumps and finish with a drop or two of vanilla.



5. Divide the mixture up between the two tins, cook for 20-25 minutes and then leave to cool while you get on with your frosting mix. 



6. Cream the butter until really soft and then carefully whisk in half of the icing sugar. Throw in the cream cheese and the rest of the sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Fill the middle of your cake with it and then sandwich together.
7. Top with a bit more icing sugar, chocolate or coffee powder if you wish.
8. Devour alongside buckets of tea and hot chocolate whilst you frantically wrap presents in time for the big day.


(Feeling extra-Christmassy? Add a drop or two of Baileys to your frosting to kick it up a notch.)

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