Mini Coffee and Praline Cakes
Total Time: 4 Hours
These delightful mini cakes have a lovely creamy coffee icing filling and a golden almond praline coating. They take a little time and patience to make but the effort is well worth it for a special tea-time treat!
All You Need Is ...
- 90ml vegetable oil, plus extra oil for greasing
- 1 box Betty Crocker™ Classic Coffee Cake Mix
- 180ml water
- 3 medium free range eggs
For the filling and decoration
- 100g granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 60g whole blanched almonds, chopped
- 1 1/2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Classic Coffee Icing
Betty's Easy Steps
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease 2 x 32cm x 22cm Swiss roll tins and line the bases and sides with baking paper.
- Stir the cake mix, oil, water and eggs gently together in a bowl, then whisk (by hand or electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Divide the mixture equally between the 2 cake tins, using a palette knife to spread the cake mixture to the corners of the tins and to level the surfaces. Bake for 15 minutes until risen, golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tins; about 30 minutes.
- Turn the cakes out onto large cake boards and peel off the baking paper. Using a 6cm round cookie cutter, stamp out 12 rounds from each cake. Place all the rounds on the boards and freeze for 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, make the praline. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Place the granulated sugar and water in a heavy-based saucepan or deep frying pan. Heat gently over a medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is clear. Increase the heat and let the syrup come to the boil, without stirring. Boil for 4-5 minutes or until the syrup is a deep golden caramel colour (see Tips). Remove the pan from the heat (take care it will be very hot) and add the chopped almonds to the caramel. Stir once and pour onto the greased baking sheet. Leave for 30 minutes until set.
- Transfer the praline to a chopping board and roughly break up with the end of a rolling pin. Reserving 12 shards, place the remaining praline into a food processor and whizz to fine crumbs. Spread on a flat plate.
- Remove the cake rounds from the freezer. Sandwich the rounds together in pairs with a little of the coffee icing and 1/2 teaspoon of the praline to make 12 mini cakes. Use a small palette knife to spread a thin layer of coffee icing around the sides of each mini cake, then roll each cake in the crushed praline to coat the sides completely.
- Use the remaining coffee icing to decorate the top of the cakes, swirling with the tip of the palette knife. Decorate each cake with one of the reserved caramel almond shards and any leftover praline crumbs, if liked. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 day.
- Don’t throw away the left-over cake after you’ve cut out the circles. Crumble it and mix with Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Icing to make cake pops.
- Keep a close eye on the bubbling caramel syrup when it’s boiling as it can quickly overheat and burn. Swirl the saucepan to prevent any hot spots and don’t stir the mixture, otherwise it will crystallise.
- If you find the cake is sticking to the palette knife as you are smoothing on the icing, simply dip the palette knife into some hot water.