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Cultural Cooking: Instant Coffee Cake from Romania

Adriana Bruma from our Roman, Romania Community Chapter shared her family's special Instant Coffee Cake recipe 

Cultural Cooking: Instant Coffee Cake from Romania

Recipe Title: Instant Coffee Cake

Submitted by: Adriana Bruma

PTPI Affiliation: Roman, Romania Community Chapter

Recipe Description: This cake is a family recipe. I make it at Christmas and it is part of our family tradition. I have the recipe from my cousin. I like making it and my friends enjoy eating it.

Preparation and Cook Time: 35-30 minutes


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For the Cake:

6 eggs

12 tablespoons of powdered sugar

140 grams ground nuts

2 tablespoons of flour

1 packet of baking powder

For the Cream:

250 g soft butter

150 g powdered sugar

2 yolks of eggs (other than the ones for the layer)

2 teaspoons of instant coffee

1-2 packets of vanilla powder

Instant Coffee Cake before Toppings are Applied

Recipe Steps:

The Cake:

1. In a large bowl, put the yolks of the 6 eggs and the sugar. Blend them until the sugar melts and the whole mixture becomes light yellow. I use a wooden spoon for this step.

2. Then, add the nuts, flour and baking powder and continue to stir.

3. Separately, whisk the whites of the eggs until they hold their shape and add them into the previous mixture. Add one spoon at a time.

4. Prepare the baking tin. Line the bases with baking parchment. Put the mixture into the tin and gently level the surface with the back of a metal spoon or a spatula.

5. Put it in the oven and bake it for 25 – 30 minutes or until the cake is firm to touch and a skewer inserted into it comes out clean. Pay attention to its color (so not to burn the cake). Leave to cool in the tin; then put it on a square serving plate. I cannot tell you the exact temperature, because we do not have an electrical oven. But I think it is the normal temperature you use when making cake. (Note: The average baking temperature for cookies is 165 degrees C and 325 degrees F.)
Instant Coffee Cake with Toppings

Cake Toppings:

1. Put the butter in a large bowl and beat it (with an electric whisk) in order to take the water out of it. Then, add the sugar and the vanilla powder and continue to mix them with an electric whisk.

2. Add the two yolks of eggs and, finally, add the 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. Continue mixing until the whole mixture becomes light brown.

3. In the meantime, put some nuts into a tin and bake them in the oven. Let them cool and try to remove the crust.

4. Spread the cream on the top of the layer. Level the surface with the back of a metal spoon or a spatula.

5. Spread pieces of fried nuts on it and some melted chocolate. You can grate some chocolate over the top or use something else for decoration. Now, the Instant coffee cake is ready to be cut in pieces and served. Enjoy it!
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