A rather yummy Coffee Cake Recipe in time for Mother’s Day

A yummy Coffee Cake Recipe
I mentioned, in earlier posts, that I was doing Slimming World.  See my post here and here for a re-cap.  I managed to lose 1 stone, yep that’s right, 1 whole stone! Go me!

I was delighted with myself and I have managed to keep it off. So in order to give myself a treat, I made this rather fabulous coffee cake.  I love making this cake and it always seems to go down well with any visitors who call, and as it’s Mother’s Day Sunday, I thought this would go down a treat with my Mother & me of course.

Here’s the recipe. It’s pretty easy enough to make & just delicious with coffee or maybe a cappuccino!

Coffee Cake Recipe

You will need the following:

  • 8 inch square cake tin with 2 inch sides
  • Food Processor or a hand held mixer will suffice

200g / 7oz of butter, softened
200g / 7oz of castor sugar
3 eggs
325g / 11 1/2oz plain flour, sifted
3tsp baking powder
150ml / 5fl oz milk
2tbsp coffee essence – Camp or Irel

Buttercream Icing
200g / 7oz butter, softened
150g / 5oz icing sugar, sifted
2tsp vanilla extract
3tbsp milk

  • Method:
    Preheat the oven to 180c deg or Gas mark 4. Line your cake tin with a cake liner or some parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter until soft with your mixer, then add the sugar and mix well.  Whisk in the eggs one at a time and fold in the remaining ingredients.  You could put all the sponge ingredients in the mixer and whiz them until combined but I prefer to do it the old way.
  • Put the mixture into your tin and smooth it over with a knife.  Bake in the oven for 40mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • When baked, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Next remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • While the cake is cooling you can make the buttercream icing.  Put all the ingredients for the buttercream icing in your mixer and whiz until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Put your cake on your nice fancy plate and spread the icing over the top of the cake with your palette knife, dust with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and add some chocolate chips or coffee beans to finish it off. Slice it up & enjoy … Yum!

A yummy Coffee Cake Recipe

Hope you enjoy making this, I leave you with a quote I found that is really adapt for the Irish Mammy at least ….

Mothers Day Quote












Slimming World, Brown Bread & Me

So, me & bread, not exactly friends are we? Makes me bloated & sluggish but there’s always a taste of more isn’t there ? I blame the yeast! One slice is never enough and when it’s toasted with lashings of butter and jam, well just yummy yum yum! And it has to be a white sliced pan, none of that crap wholemeal or multi seed, you are just kidding yourself!

But Slimming World & bread don’t really mix, you get an allowance of 60g of any wholemeal bread which is just cruel. I had to actually weigh this to find out what exactly 60g was in bread terms and it’s just a sad little slice, so goodbye bread!

But I then came across an old recipe I had for brown bread, that a lovely relative had passed down. I had not made this in ages, just out of pure laziness really. Now, this was all goodness wholemeal bread, no yeast and lovely buttermilk & honey added, I couldn’t resist making it.

So I crossed myself and said a prayer to the Slimming World gods and made it and yes, it was as delicious as I remembered!

So for anyone who wants the recipe here it is.  Its very simple and easy to make, no fancy ingredients, you should have these in the cupboard.
It’s a very simple recipe, just mix the dry ingredients with the wet and into the tin they go.  I dont normally use all the buttermilk as I find the mixture can get too wet, just gradually add & see how you go.


Now, I know you are going to ask me how many syns are in it.  Haven’t a clue!, sometimes you just have to enjoy your food without worrying about the calories/fat/sugar content & in all honestly I think this bread is a better option to some of the plastic bread out there.

Getting back to Slimming World, it is working for me, weigh in’s are going well, eating a lot healthier, although paying someone €9 a week to tell me how much I weigh is a bit mad!

Hope you enjoy the recipe x

Slimming World, Jeans & Me!



So I decided to start slimming world, seeing as my arse would not fit into my skinny jeans, wait !, lets not fool myself, they are slim cut, meaning straight leg. Ah yes, the wonderful world of jeans, don’t you just hate all the names they have nowadays for jeans?.  Slim cut, straight cut, high-waisted, low waisted, flare, jeggings, skinny, boot cut, boyfriend. The list goes on ….., its bloody exhausting shopping for jeans these days.

So my favourite pair, which were from Oasis, and were a boyfriend fit (meaning they are a slouchy fit, helped keep my belly flab under control and a nice wide leg so, no thigh muscle under scrutiny !) would not tie.  I tried various maneuvers to get that zip up & when I did I was exhausted and out of breath.  So that did it, Slimming World here I come!  I had years ago tried & quiet successfully did Weight Watchers but wasn’t too keen on keeping track of the points and I didn’t want to become a points bore.  So i spent a week gearing myself up. This meant eating my own body weight in food coz, you know, I was going dieting and needed to finish off all the nice stuff in the house first, makes sense, yes? So roll on the corn flakes, the tayto’s, the chocolate and I got going.


Image: Barn Images

Then I spent another week gearing myself up because well ….. I have no will power that’s until I got a kick up the arse from my sister, which only a sister can do & then my mother basically confirmed it, so with the following words ringing in my ears  “Yea you have put on weight, those jeans are terrible on you!” I signed up.

Now as a newbie with Slimming World, I had to stay for the first meeting, I was told. My sister had advised me I could just weigh in & go! So there, sitting amongst my fellow fat fighters I stayed & listened to everybody’s story.  There was *Peg, who had put on 2Ib that week & could not figure out why, until she discovered she was addicted to Ballymaloe Beetroot.  This resulted in a long and quiet descriptive discussion on beetroot.  There was *Tom, who won slimmer of the week, he lost 3lb and won a basket of cardboard goodies.  And *Jackie, who was a repeat offender and was back again to try & conquer the flab.

I left soon after, clutching my prized Slimming World book full of tips and recipes and  with a new lease I read it cover to cover, googled recipes and created a new board over at Pinterest, you can see it here.

So folks, have any of you tried Slimming Word? or any other diet.  Are you a diet junkie? Any tips ?

All this talk of diets has me starving now, love a bowl of corn flakes <sigh>

*Note: Names have been changed to protect identities !