Easy Coffee Cake with Cappuccino Frosting (Gluten Free)
This easy coffee cake is every coffee lover’s dream come true – with a wonderfully soft and moist coffee and walnut sponge, and the most amazing cappuccino whipped cream frosting (that’s so delicious, you’ll be tempted to eat it by the spoonful). It’s incredibly easy to make and gluten free… not that you could possibly guess it.
75g(¼ cup + 2 tbsp) caster/superfine or granulated sugar
½tspvanilla bean paste(or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
3UK medium/US largeeggs, room temperature
180g(1 ½ cups) plain gluten free flour blend(I used Doves Farm Freee plain gluten free flour, which doesn't contain xanthan gum. You can also mix your own blend from 50% white rice flour, 30% potato starch and 20% maize flour by weight.)
60g(½ cup + 1 ½ tbsp) ground walnuts(You can substitute them with an equal weight of the GF flour blend if you're allergic to nuts, but note that the cake will dry out a bit faster. You can also use almond flour instead but the flavour will be less intense.)
2 ½tspbaking powder
½tspxanthan gum(Omit if your GF flour blend already contains xanthan gum.)
For cappuccino whipped cream frosting:
300g(1 ⅓ cups) double/heavy cream
18g(2 ½ tbsp) cappuccino powder(If you're using a flavoured cappuccino powder, like toffee or caramel, you might need to decrease the amount of icing/powdered sugar slightly.)
2g(1 ½ tsp) instant coffee granules
120g(1 cup) icing/powdered sugar(If you like your frosting less sweet, you can decrease this to 90g/¾ cup. If you like a sweeter frosting, you can increase it to 160g/1 ⅓ cups.)
chocolate shavingsto decorate
For coffee cake:
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position, pre-heat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and line an 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin with baking/greaseproof paper.
In a small saucepan (if cooking it on the stove) or in a microwave-safe bowl (if using the microwave) heat together the milk and instant coffee, with occasional stirring, until the coffee is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool until warm or at room temperature.
In a large bowl, using a large balloon whisk, cream together the butter, light brown soft sugar, caster/superfine (or granulated) sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy. You can also use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer fitted with the double beaters.
Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition, until well combined.Tip: It's very important that your eggs are at room temperature and that you add them one at a time. This way, you'll maintain the emulsion of the butter and guarantee a silky smooth, fluffy cake batter – which will ultimately result in a melt-in-the-mouth cake crumb. If you forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge, place them in warm water for 10-15 minutes before using them.
In a separate bowl, sift together the gluten free flour blend, ground walnuts, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, alternately add the dry ingredients (in three batches) and coffee milk (in two batches) to the butter-sugar mixture, whisking well after each addition, until you get a smooth, fluffy cake batter with no flour clumps.Tip: This alternating way of adding dry and wet ingredients helps maintain the emulsion of the butter in the cake batter, ensuring that your batter remains smooth and that the final baked cake has the perfect crumb. When alternating dry and wet ingredients, make sure to always end with the dry.Your batter might look a bit "curdled" or "split" after the addition of the coffee milk (that's mostly due to the presence of the coffee), but don’t worry, the finished batter should be wonderfully silky smooth after you’ve added the last portion of the dry ingredients.
Transfer the cake batter into the lined cake tin and smooth out the top.
Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 38-40 minutes or until well risen, deep golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. If the top of the cake starts browning too quickly, cover with aluminium foil (shiny side up) and continue baking until done.
Allow to cool in the cake tin for about 10 minutes, then remove from the tin onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For cappuccino whipped cream frosting:
In a small saucepan (if cooking it on the stove) or in a microwave-safe bowl (if using the microwave) heat together 70g (about ⅓ cup) of the double/heavy cream, cappuccino powder and instant coffee, with occasional stirring, until the coffee and cappuccino powder are completely dissolved. Set aside to cool completely.
In a large bowl, using a large balloon whisk, whisk together the remaining double/heavy cream and powdered/icing sugar until soft peaks form. You can also use a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer fitted with the double beaters.
Add the coffee-cream mixture to the whipped cream, about one tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition, until well combined. The final frosting should be fluffy, smooth and hold a soft peak (if necessary, you can whisk it for a further 30 seconds or so, to thicken it a bit more).
Assembling the coffee cake:
Spoon the cappuccino frosting on top of the cooled cake and, using a small offset spatula or the back of the spoon, spread it out into an approximately even layer, creating decorative swirls.
Sprinkle with chocolate shavings, slice and serve.
The coffee cake keeps well in a closed container in a cool dry place or in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Recipe by The Loopy Whisk (www.theloopywhisk.com).