Irish Coffee Cake

I love the look of an Irish coffee, the rich dark coffee with the white cream floating on top.

I have used my ultra yummy chocolate cake as a base and tweaked it a little to make this amazing three layer cake.

The coffee quantity I have used is not over powering, if you like a stronger coffee flavour then add more coffee.

You will need:

  • 115g Cocoa Powder
  • 15g Instant Coffee
  • 450ml Boiling Water
  • 4tbsp Irish Whiskey
  • 250g Butter
  • 500g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs (beaten)
  • 400g Self Raising Flour (sifted)

Filling:

  • 100g Cream Cheese
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • 2tbsp Irish Whiskey

Decoration:

  • 25g White Chocolate
  • 25g Dark Chocolate

Method:

  • Line and grease three 18cm loose bottom tins and pre heat the oven to 180 degreesC
  • Combine the cocoa powder, instant coffee, whiskey and boiling water, and stir well until there are no lumps. Allow to cool.
  • Line and grease 3 x 18cm loose bottom tins.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.
  • Fold the flour and cocoa mixture into the eggs and butter, adding it alternately until both have been used up and there are no white lumps of flour.
  • Divide evenly between the three tins and bake for 35mins or until cooked through.
  • Turn out and leave to cool completely.

Decoration:

  • While the cake is cooking prepare the chocolate for the chocolate curls.
  • Separately melt the chocolate and spread on to the back of a plate or dish.
  • Place in the fridge until set and hardened.
  • With the blade of a sharp knife held at right angles to the chocolate scrape over the chocolate towards you creating a curl of chocolate as you go.

Filling:

  • Whisk together all the filling ingredients until thick and smooth.

Assembly:

  • Once cool, level the top of two of the cake layers to give a flat finish to make them easier to stack and leave one with the rounded top.
  • Place on of the cake layers on the cake stand or plate you are going to serve your cake on.
  • Evenly spread one third of the filling over this cake then gently place the next cake layer on and spread another third of the filling over the second cake layer.
  • Finish with the final cake layer (un-levelled one), rounded side up.
  • Spread the filling over the top.
  • Your cake now resembles a layered Irish Coffee!
  • Finish with some white and dark chocolate curls.

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