Nescafe is the brand of coffee we drink at home and yes, its the coffee glaze alright. Rather then picking the word coffee for the name of this recipe, Nescafe sounded more intriguing and interesting to me. With the baking I do from time to time, I sort of knew that the basic ingredients for a cake are similar with that flour, butter, eggs, sugar and baking powder being the essential ones. Since of late, I noticed that yoghurt/sour cream is another ingredient which seems coming in for baking. I said yes to yoghurt for this cake and that was a great idea for this ingredient blended perfect with the custard powder in terms of taste.
Initially I wanted to incorporate the Nescafe into the batter of the cake but as usual my mind works wonders during the starting process of baking. So, this idea of Nescafe getting into the glaze popped out and thats what I did. With the tasting session that took place in my office, the feedback given came with the suggestion of adding more Nescafe for the glaze because those who are coffee drinkers found the taste to be mild. For the rest, they were fine with it and thumbs up for this baking venture. I suppose that can be an indication on the amount of Nescafe you would prefer to add when making the glaze for this cake which really depends on individual preference.
For the cake
3/4 cup self raising flour
1/3 cup custard powder
1/3 cup of unsalted butter
1/3 cup caster sugar
3 eggs - lightly beaten
1/4 cup yoghurt/sour cream
1/4 tsp baking powder
For the glaze
1 tbsp nescafe
1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
Melt butter and sugar together in a pan over low heat.
Stir until sugar has dissolved and remove from heat.
Combine eggs and yoghurt/sour cream in a mixing bowl.
Pour into the butter and sugar mixture, stirring very gently.
Into the same mixture, add in sifted flour and baking powder.
Using a wooden spoon, stir until combined and do not over beat.
Spoon mixture into a greased square baking pan.
Bake on a preheated oven at 180c for 40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre of cake.Simmer the glazing ingredients until it becomes a thick syrup and pour over the cake immediately after removing from oven.
Let the cake cool down before cutting to any shapes your prefer.