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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mini cappuccino cakes and vanilla bean ice cream


I was planning to bake these for our New Year's dessert but got sidetracked ( another word for "I'm too lazy to bake " ) .

Also , I can't find the silicone mould that I've been planning to use at that time ( a good excuse ) 

I stumbled upon my two silicone moulds few days ago while I was looking for something else . I really should organize my baking pans and tins ! 

Or just stop buying more baking paraphernalia  !

I profess my love to instant coffee and last year , some generous soul gave me both ground and whole coffee beans . But I only use it for making ice cream not for drinking . Go figure ! I bet coffee afficionados are rolling their eyes lol 

Currently , I'm using  UCC instant coffee and I used it in this recipe instead of espresso . Much as I love it for my daily dosage of caffeine this winter , in this cake , it didn't shine through . I think it's not strong enough . Maybe a good quality instant espresso is a must for making this coffee cake . Good thing there's Kahlua in there ! 


The day before I baked these cakes , I made this vanilla bean ice cream . It's the 3rd time that I've made it and this from someone who didn't like vanilla-flavored ice cream before ! Trust me , if you've eaten a real vanilla ice cream , you'll never go back for store-bought .

Muted coffee flavor aside , this cake is easy to make , not too sweet , oil is used so the texture is very moist and not-so dense . I love it with my usual milky coffee but pairing it with ice cream is heaven ! 


Are you a coffee drinker ? 

I love coffee but I can live without it . 

What about you ? 


Cappuccino cake ( please check full recipe at King Arthur  )

 Makes 16 mini cakes 

For the topping : Stir together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee , set aside .

For the cake :

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoon Kahlua

* Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C . Lightly butter the 16 silicone moulds or tins , sprinkle the prepared sugar and coffee mixture into each moulds and tap out excess .  

* In a large mixing bowl , combine the flour , sugar baking powder , baking soda , salt and instant coffee . Use a whisk to combine ingredients together . 

* Add eggs , oil and milk . Using a handheld mixer , beat on high speed for 2 minutes , stop and scrape the bowl . Add the Kahlua and beat for 2 minutes . 

* Pour the batter , about 2/3 full , in each individual moulds . Bake for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean . Let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes then turn it out onto the rack to cool completely .    


Vanilla bean ice cream , recipe adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

2 cups whole milk
4 teaspoons tapioca starch
1 1/2 ounces / 42 grams cream cheese , softened
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 vanilla bean , split and seeds scraped
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

* In a small bowl , combine 2 tablespoons of the milk with the starch , mix well . In a large bowl , whisk cream cheese until smooth  , set aside .

* In a large saucepan , combine the remaining milk with the heavy cream , sugar , corn syrup , the vanilla bean and seeds . Bring mixture to a rolling boil and cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes . Remove from heat . and gradually whisk in the starch mixture . Bring mixture back to a boil , stirring with a heat-proof spatula until slightly-thickened , about 1 minute . Remove from heat and gradually whisk into the cream cheese until smooth . Place bowl over an ice bath to cool completely , stirring from time to time .

* Remove the vanilla bean and pour mixture into the ice cream machine . Churn for 30 minutes . Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight .

16 comments:

  1. Love your mini bundt pans! The cakes look wonderful and perfect to serve with homemade ice cream.

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  2. I loveeeeee coffee and if morning I couldnt get a cup of it.....I think I cant get through the day and my mind would be in a daze! I love coffee on cakes too and it makes the cakes smell and taste wonderful yummy.

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  3. These are gorgeous, Anne! They are so tempting! I am a coffee drinker and i can't live without it :))

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  4. Both also sound good! Can courier some to me, hehehe..

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  5. I have some new moulds given for Christmas and I am thinking about your recipe:)
    I am not a big fan of coffee, let's say I could live without it but from time to time-why not!

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  6. Hi Anne!

    Do you know how "bad" you are, lol...No not because of the coffee caper. I'm rolling my eyes at those scrumptious cappuccino cakes AND the thought of that ice cream. I don't even like vanilla ice cream and, I'm no ice cream maker but my daughter "swears" homemade vanilla ice cream is thee best!!! Never mind that it's freezing outside, I want this NOW!!! It looks and sounds heavenly and may just be what I need to erase these winter blues:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne. Please pass it all this way! Yes, I need them all, lol...

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  7. P.S. I've been meaning to tell you how much I like your camera backdrop:)

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  8. I love those mini bundt moulds of yours, and I know I will love the cake too as I can't do without my coffee! I am not an ice cream addict but I would eat that too if I have some right now:D

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  9. Wow, I need to have a plate of this right away.

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  10. So glad to have stumbled across your blog. I love coffee but the hot one somehow doesn't suit me. I recently posted Espresso Cookies coz baking is one way I can enjoy it. These mini cakes sound awesome and I am going to try them very soon.

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  11. i love the photo of the ice cream in the scoop! it would b really nice if i can eat it now..hmm..cream cheese..yum!

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  12. Hi Anne,
    Both the cake and the ice cream are making me drool. Homemade ice cream is the best, and I actually love vanilla ice cream, the perfect flavour with just any desserts! and that book is still on my wish-list! sigh.....!!
    I love coffee, I could go without it for a day or two, and then I will start thinking about it every minute!

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  13. Double feature? Cake AND ice cream? I am sold! They both look so good! :)

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  14. Hi Anne, How're U doin ? LOL WOW ! Now this post is really making me regeret my MIA ! Looks so decadent with my favorite , cappuccino not forgetting the yummy ice-cream ! Heavenly YUM! ;)

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  15. Hoy tengo una celebraciòn y harè sus hermosas tortas de Capucchino realmente espectacular,saludos amiga.

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