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    Cappuccino Loaf Cake

    Cappuccino loaf cake Coffee and walnut cake is an all-time favourite in the WF office, and this is our modern spin on it: a fine-textured, coffee-infused loaf topped with the silkiest whipped mascarpone frosting.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes 60 minutes 10 minutes

    Serves: 10

    Ingredients

    • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    • 5 tbsp single cream
    • 2 tbsp instant coffee
    • 100g golden caster sugar
    • 75g light brown muscovado sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • ½ tsp fine salt

    For the frosting:
    • 150g mascarpone
    • 5 tbsp icing sugar
    • cocoa powder, for dusting

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 170˚C, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line with baking parchment. Heat the cream and coffee in a microwave (or small pan) until warm, stir to dissolve the coffee and cool. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tsp of the coffee cream with the mascarpone for the frosting and chill until needed.

    2. In a large bowl, using electric beaters, cream the butter with the two sugars for 3-4 minutes, until pale and fl uffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and the remaining coffee cream.

    3. Fold in the flour and salt until you have a smooth batter. Scrape into the tin; bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack; cool to room temperature.

    4. Meanwhile, make the frosting. Sift the icing sugar over the chilled coffee mascarpone and whisk with electric beaters for 1-2 minutes, until silky; chill again until needed. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake and dust lightly with cocoa powder just before serving.

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