Filter Kaapi Cake
If there is one thing you shouldn’t miss when you visit a ‘tambram’ household, it is our piping hot filter kaapi. There is something special about sipping filter coffee while listening to the suprabhatam in M.S. Subbulakshmi’s voice every morning.
I always loved it when my mum woke me up with a steaming hot tumbler of frothy filter coffee. The aroma of freshly brewed decoction is something I always look forward to when I visit my parents home.
This morning while sipping my cuppa, I realized I haven’t made a coffee cake for way too long! So, my fresh strong filter coffee decoction found its way into this super delicious cake.
Did I mention that this cake is egg free and 100% whole wheat? Aah now I got you even more interested. Go ahead turn those percolators on, get brewing and baking.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
1 and 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 and 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 cup milk
3 tbsps butter [salted]
2 tsps cornflour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Filter Coffee Decoction
1 cup Powdered sugar/ Cane sugar
1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts [optional]
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp water
- Pre heat oven at 180 C for 10 minutes.
- Sift the whole wheat flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- Heat the milk until it just comes to a boil.
- Add the coffee decoction, vanilla extract, butter and powdered sugar to the hot milk. Pulse once or twice in an electric mixer to blend the ingredients really well.
- Mix the cornflour and baking soda together.
- Add water to the above and mix well until no lumps remain.
- Add the cornflour paste to the wet ingredient mixture and whisk.
- Set aside for a couple of minutes.
- Pour the warm mixture into the sifted flour and fold in the batter until no lumps remain.
- You may add chopped walnuts at this stage. Simply fold the chopped nuts into the batter [avoid over-mixing].
- Pour into a greased 7 inch pan.
- Bake in the pre heated oven at 180 C for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- After 5 minutes, invert over a wire rack and allow to cool.
- Slice once completely cooled.
- For preparing coffee decoction- Take 2 heaped tablespoons of filter coffee powder in the percolator/ coffee filter. Add 1/2 a cup of boiling hot water. Allow the decoction to drip down and take its time. This is the best way to get the maximum flavour.
- In case you use unsalted butter, add 1/4 tsp of salt to the flour while sifting.
- Using cane sugar in place of regular white refined sugar is a great idea. It enhances both the colour and flavour of the cake.
- If the walnuts you use aren't crunchy, toast them for a couple of minutes in your oven before adding it into the cake batter.
- Use good quality filter coffee powder for getting that heavenly aroma and coffee 'kick'.
Posted originally on OCTOBER 13, 2016