Cappuccino Caramel Torte

This makes a wonderful Easter treat, but is perfect for any occasion, and it freezes beautifully.

Cappuccino Caramel Torte

Ingredients

225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened

225g (8oz) light muscavado sugar

200g (7oz) self-raising flour

25g (1oz) ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

4 large eggs

1 tbsp instant coffee

For the caramel cream:

1 x 300ml carton double cream

250g (9oz) Bonne Maman Confiture de Caramel

To decorate:

Shards of white chocolate

Mini Easter eggs

Method

1. Line an 18 x 9.5cm (7 x 3.75inch) deep round cake tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven 160°C), gas mark 4.

2. Put all the cake ingredients, except the coffee, in a large bowl and using an electric whisk, beat together until very smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee in 1 tbsp of boiling water and blend in.

3. Spoon the mixture into the tin.

3. Place the tin on the AGA grid shelf on the lowest runner down and bake for 45-55 minutes.

Conventional Cooking: Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until golden and firm to touch.

4. A skewer pushed into the centre should come out clean. Cover loosely with foil or insert the Cold Plain Shelf if it begins to darken before the cake is cooked. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

5. Meanwhile, make the caramel cream. Whip the double cream until it just begins to thicken and hold its shape. The whisk will leave a trail when lifted.

6. Change to a balloon whisk (to avoid over-whipping) and add 2 generous tbsp of confiture de caramel. Whisk until the cream again holds its shape. Add a further 2 tbsp of caramel and whisk again until the cream retains its shape. Continue until all the caramel has been incorporated into the cream and the cream forms soft peaks. Divide the cream between two bowls.

7. Cut the cake in half, then split each half again to give four equal rounds. Put the round, which was the top of the cake, cut side up on a serving board or plate. Take one bowl of caramel cream and spread about a third over the cake, right to the edge. Top with a second round and repeat until all the cream is used. Finish with the round that was the base of the cooked cake, cooked side up, as this is the flattest. Press down lightly.

8. Spread the remaining bowl of cream over the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with shards of white chocolate and mini Easter eggs.

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