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Donal Skehan

Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30

Irish Coffee Bundt Cake
Irish Coffee Bundt Cake

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Irish Coffee Bundt Cake

This recipe makes a moist coffee swirl cake cooked in a bundt tin. If you don't have one, you can easily make it in a springform tin, buttered and the base lined with baking parchment. The addition of a cream liqueur is optional but really adds an extra special touch to both the cake and icing.

Serves 6-8

You will need

255g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

340g caster sugar

6 large eggs

240ml milk

120ml sour cream

370g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp coffee extract

1 tbsp Irish cream liqueur

For the icing:

150g icing sugar

1-2 tbsp water

2 tbsp coffee extract

1 tbsp Irish cream liqueur

Method

Grease a 22cm diameter, 2-litre bundt tin and dust it lightly with flour. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is light and pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until they are all combined. Mix through the milk and sour cream, then sift in the flour and baking powder, and fold through until you have a smooth cake batter. Pour two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared tin.

Mix the coffee extract and Irish cream into the remaining batter. Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the batter in the tin and use a knife to marble the mixtures together. Place in the oven to bake for about 55 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before removing the cake from the tin. Allow it to cool completely.

For the icing, whisk together the ingredients in a bowl until smooth and then drizzle it over the cooled cake. Serve in generous slices.

Raising the bar

It’s easy to understand why Allison Roberts of Clonakilty Chocolate has a cult following... she handcrafts small batches using only 100pc fair-trade cocoa and sugar, before hand-wrapping each bar.

Buy: clonakiltychocolate.com

Full of beans

If you want to up your coffee game from a teaspoon of instant coffee in your favourite mug, why not book a place on one of Badger & Dodo’s private barista training courses? This Cork-based boutique coffee-roasting company offers classes in “correct home brewing” and “basic barista skills”, where you learn the art of pulling a perfect shot, correcting your rate of extraction, texturising your milk and even how to clean and care for your coffee machine. A great way to spend an afternoon for any budding baristas or die-hard coffee lovers.

Book: badgeranddodo.ie

Cafe culture

If you love coffee, and I mean the good stuff, a visit to Clement & Pekoe on South William Street is an absolute must. Having started out as a market stall, they progressed to a very chic neighbourhood café in 2011 and now this little gem specialises in the finest loose teas, exceptional coffees and some very delicious little treats to boot. Coffee in hand, nab a spot on their lively porch and watch the world go by.

See: clementandpekoe.com

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