Do you believe in coincidences? Well here's one for you. At the airport when I was going on holiday, I was trying to remember the name of a book that I had read the back cover of and wanted to read. I was with Sophie and she was getting slightly annoyed with me as I couldn't even remember the name of the writer, so in the end I gave up.
Sophie is very persistent so when she got home she went on to Amazon's bestseller list and eventually (after reading out a lot of titles) we hit the jackpot. The book was called 'What to do when someone dies' by Nicci French. She got the book for me and earlier this week, when I had a bit of time, I read it… good book!
Here's the coincidence. One of the characters in the book had a birthday and her friend made her a birthday cake. What do you think the flavour was??? Coffee and Walnut – the very flavour I had baked for Ali Young not 4 days earlier… spooky or what! Anything like that ever happen to you?
Anyway, as promised here is my recipe:
6oz self raising flour
6oz golden caster sugar
6oz soft margarine
3 medium eggs
2oz chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons coffee powder
- Cream the flour and sugar, beat in the eggs and fold in the flour. Add the coffee and walnuts and mix well.
- Spoon into a heart-shaped or 7-inch round tin. Bake for 35mins at 175 degrees. Allow to cool.
- For the icing, mix together 8oz icing sugar, 3oz soft marg and a little milk. Stir in 1 – 2 teaspoons coffee powder to taste, beat until powder is dissolved.
- Split the cake and sandwich together with half the icing, then spread remainder over sides and top and decorate with walnuts… yummy!!
Enjoy, love Julia x