Those that know me will realise that I enjoy my politics, what they may not realise is that every time there is a major election (Westminster or Holyrood) I enjoy sitting up through the night watching the results coming in and waiting to see if any of the most irritating politicians will be losing their seat.  This time around I am hoping against hopes that the rather inept and infuriatingly patronising Scottish Secretary, Jim Murphy will lose his seat – how happy that would make me.

Anyway, this political marathon is not for the faint-hearted and supplies are required to ensure that one makes it through the night, on this front I envisage copious quantities of tea and high energy drinks as well as maybe a few beers too.  One cannot survive on such things alone though, we also require high energy food, so what better than this cappuccino cake?!

The Lass helps with the cake

On this occassion I wasn’t overly concerned with how the cake looked and I was quite happy for the topping to simply slop over the edges before it set … yum!  If you want to recreate this to aid you through the night then you’ll need to follow this rather simple recipe.


The Sponge

  • 1tsp cocoa powder – I like Green and Black’s because I’m a snob, but other varieties are available!
  • 2 rounded tbsp coffee granules – Anything but nescafe or shop own brand, again because I’m a snob!
  • 225g / 8oz butter
  • 225g / 8oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g / 8oz self raising flour – I used plain with a tsp of bicarb of soda which gave spectacular results!
  • 1tsp baking powder

The Topping

  • 100g / 4oz milk chocolate
  • 50g butter
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 175g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

What to do

  1. Whack your oven on at about 180 degrees C, 160 if it’s a Fan oven.
  2. Butter and line the base of a  tin or dish that measures around 28cm x 11cm.
  3. Mix your cocoa and coffee granules into a couple of tablespoons of water to make a smooth paste.
  4. Mix the rest of your sponge ingredients together as best you can and add the cocoa-coffee mixture before blitzing in a mixer of whatever description is available to you.
  5. Tip your mix into your prepared dish and level out, cover your mix with a layer of grease proof paper and bake for c.30 mins – remove the greaseproof paper at this point and return to oven if necessary.  The sponge is ready if you can insert a skewer or knife and have it come out clean.
  6. Leave to cool in tin/dish for ten minutes before turning out onto wire rack where it should be left to cool completely.
  7. Trim off any unsightly edges and eat with freshly made custard, actually no, get a tin.
  8. Over a v.low heat melt your chocolate and butter and milk.  Do not allow to boil, do not allow to burn … pay attention!
  9. Sieve the icing sugar and beat into your chocolate mixture, allow this to cool a bit (it should begin to thicken) before liberally slopping over the top of your sponge.  You might want to put the sponge on a plate or something first.
  10. Dust with icing sugar.
  11. Consume with great glee whilst watching election night coverage.

I’m not really allowed politics on here, but I think I may have got away with it :~0

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