As those of you who have been reading my blog would have grasped by now, I love baking! I love making and eating desserts of any kind! I have a sweet tooth, but I am also devoted to a healthy diet.
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it's about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilizing your mood.
I like my cakes light, with less fat than ordinary cakes. This way I can eat my favourite homemade baking ideas without too much guilt. There's nothing better than a nice slice of cake with a cup of your favourite coffee to give you the right energy to start your day or a nice sweet treat in the evening to warm these cold winter days!
Cocoa and Coffee are my favourite baking ingredients in the winter. I just love this Cocoa and Coffee Cake, which I called Mocha Cake. It's so quick and easy to make!
As this is a dark cake, I chose to give it a bit of colour by decorating it with Hundreds and Thousands. Hundreds and thousands have been around for ages. They bring back everyone's fond childhood memories. 'Hundreds and Thousands' is the British English term. I believe they are called Sprinkles or Jimmies in the US.
Ingredients (serve 6/8):
250 gr caster sugar
3 tbsp margarine
4 tbsp strong coffee
zest of 1 orange
2 tsp vanilla essence
50 gr cocoa
200 gr flour
2 tsp baking powder
For the glaze:
3 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp water
Hundreds and Thousands
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm/8in cake tin with some butter and dust it with flour.
Beat the eggs with the sugar, margarine, orange zest and vanilla essence until fluffy. Blend in the rest of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Gently pour the mixture on to the cake tin.
Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Transfer the cake to a serving plate.