Coffee and Walnut Cake

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This is a favourite for the men in my family, often appearing on their Birthday’s or Father’s Day.

Ingredients

For the cake:

175g margarine
175g caster sugar
200g self-raising flour
3 eggs
100g walnuts (broken into pieces)
1 tbsp instant coffee
3 tbsp boiling water

For the icing:

400g icing sugar
200g margarine
2 tsp instant coffee
1 tbsp boiling water
50g walnuts

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC and grease and line two sandwich tins with baking paper.
2. Blend the instant coffee and boiling water together.
3. Place the margarine, caster sugar, flour, eggs, walnuts and coffee mix into a bowl and beat all the ingredients together.
4. Divide the mix between the two sandwich tins.
5. Place the cakes into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
6. When the cakes are ready, leave them to cool before assembling with the icing.
7. To make the icing sift the icing sugar into a clean bowl and beat with the margarine.
8. Blend the instant coffee with the boiling water and mix it in to the icing.
9. Spread the icing generously on to one of the cakes and place the second cake on top. Spread the remainder of the icing over the top and around the sides of the cake.
10. Decorate the cake with the walnuts.

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White Chocolate and Strawberry Squares

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I came up with this recipe while deciding on desserts to make for the day after my sister’s wedding. We were looking for things that were easy to make and didn’t take too much time. As with any wedding or big event, the closer it comes the less hours you seem to have! These white chocolate and strawberry squares are simple and quick to make and they taste good too. As an alternative, you could use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries.

Ingredients

200g margarine
200g caster sugar
300g self-raising flour
4 eggs
100ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract
200g strawberries
150g white chocolate (If you can get the Bellarom Strawberry Crisp White Chocolate from Lidl, use 50g of this and 100g of standard white chocolate)

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
2. Line a baking tray with parchment or greaseproof paper.
3. Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Beat the eggs and add them to the mix along with the flour, milk and vanilla extract.
5. Mix the ingredients together until they have combined and the mixture is smooth.
6. Roughly chop the white chocolate and the strawberries and fold them into the mixture, stirring gently so that the strawberries will not break up.
7. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking tray and place it in the oven for approximately 25- 30 minutes or until the cake is golden in colour. (If the edges begin to burn, place a sheet of tin foil over the tray and turn down the temperature to 150ºC until the centre is fully cooked.)
8. When the cake is cooked, leave it to cool before cutting into squares.

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