Cappuccino Cake



After a somewhat long working week, I’m pleased to be entertaining for a few friends this weekend! As much as I love cooking though, I don’t want to spend the entire time in the kitchen, so want an easy dessert that would last the few days. What else but cake?

First visit is this evening from my friend and colleague Steph, and my girlfriend Charlotte- both huge lovers of coffee! I’ve no doubt that Cappuccino Cake will go down very well indeed, and with any luck enough will be left for when Scott and Simon visit tomorrow!


  • 125g of Self Raising Flour
  • 125g of unsalted butter
  • 125g of Caster Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 40 grams of Instant Coffee (Nescafe Gold Blend would be best!)

NOTE: The are ingredients per tier. I expect you to do at least two tiers. One tiered cakes are a pointless waste of space.

For icing two tiers:

  • One vanilla pod or a teaspoon of vanilla concentrate
  • 500g of Icing Sugar
  • 250g of Unsalted Butter

And finally:

  • A handful of Cocoa Powder




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Cooking with Auntie and Pria: Masala Tea

I was eased in gently with my impromptu cooking lessons in Jaipur, first being taught how to make masala tea. Now, keeping in mind I was taught to do this in a volunteer’s hostel, this is a recipe to make 30 cups! So if you follow it, do cut things down assuming you’re making tea for less!


  • 1.5 litres of milk
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • A good thick inch of ginger
  • 8 table spoons of sugar
  • 3 cardamons
  • A pinch of cloves
  • A dash of black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons of black tea leaves

1. Smash up your ginger good and proper



2. Set this to one side, and in a large saucepan put your milk and water. Bring to a boil.

3. Once at a boiling temperature, keeps stirring and add the entirety of your ingredients

4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes


5. Return to a boiling temperature. As soon as the milk reaches this temperature, remove from the heat.

6. Using a colander, strain your tea through into a serving pot, leaving behind and lumps and bumps



7. Serve and enjoy!