I feel like Sundays are sacred. When someone invites me to something on a Sunday loud and long groans shortly follow. Hangover or not my Sundays include a few Skypes, not leaving the house, an episode of 30 Rock and baking of some description. Having an odd craving for coffee cake the other day I came up with this baby. A perfect Sunday afternoon cake with a tea, coffee or stout (yes… the dark beers go very well with this and yes I did that).
250g softened butter
250g brown sugar
300g self raising flour
4tbs chopped hazelnuts
1tsp vanilla essence
200ml black coffee
1tsp light brown sugar
Cacao powder to decorate
Pre heat your oven to 170 and line a cake tin.
Mix together the butter and brown sugar until smooth then add the flour and eggs one at time until you have a thick cake batter. Pour in the coffee, hazelnuts and vanilla essence and mix well.
Pour the mixture into your cake tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
For your frosting, simply mix together and spoon onto your cake once at room temperature. Sift a little cacao powder ontop to decorate.