An intense coffee cake with creamy, sweet frosting and crunchy, toasted almonds. That's this cake. I'd say, it's basically like eating an almond flavored, double-espresso cafe latte with whipped cream topping. Enjoy this Coffee Almond Cake!
Seeing all the cakes I try in SE Asia and post about one might think my husband and I don't do much more but hang around coffee shops all day.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes duty calls even for a traveling 'housewife'. I wrote about what housekeeping on the road looks like for us on a new travel blog my husband and I recently launched. The design is still a work in progress, but have a look if you are interested: a Nomad's Dream
First - Fun Times with Laundry
Today, I want to tell you a little about how I do laundry here.
With here, I mean Thailand. This is the country we have spent by far the most time in and we have really come to love it. Given the extended amount of time we've been here already, there are a few instances where we have totally adopted the Thai way of doing things. Laundry is one of those.
There are many people who don't have washers or dryers at their house, but this is no problem. Coin-operated washing machines can be found everywhere on the side of the road. One regular load costs 20 Baht, which is about 70 cents.
You can get small packets of laundry soap, good for 2 loads, for 10 Baht (35 cents) at every 7/11, which are just as abundant here as coin-washing machines.
Living Cheaply and Learning Thai Culture (Recipe below)
Depending on the size of the load, it will be done in about an hour. I have never seen a coin-operated dryer on the street side here, but there is plenty of sunshine and it's free 🙂
A lot of places we stay at have a drying rack or a clothes line on the balcony. When the sun is shining, everything will be dry and ready for folding in less than an hour. Other times I have to be a little more inventive. When there are no opportunities for drying outside or it's raining, the towel rack, bed frame and arm-rests have to fill in as drying racks.
This way takes a little longer, but still by the end of the day we have clean, dry clothes.
Another option would be to have your clothes washed at any of the many laundry service places. Even then it will cost only 30 Baht ($1) per kilo for washing, sun drying, and folding. For a little more, you can also have your clothes ironed. The only reason I am not doing this more often, is the turn-around time of 2-3 days. Nowadays, we travel light with a limited amount of multi-functional clothing and often I just don't want to wait that long!
Coffee and Almonds and Cake, Oh My!
Back to more enjoyable things like ... cake! Or this amazing drink called a Mocha Glacier Frappe.
I had it together with the Coffee Almond Cake at Black Canyon Coffee, a Thai cafe chain with a large selection of fancy coffees, great cakes and other desserts and even a decent lunch menu.
My husband got the boot there. A boot full of coffee. They call this iced drink Mexican Coffee. We sure shared a good laugh about this and also really enjoyed our coffee almond cake.
Below is an adapted coffee cake recipe from the Pioneer Woman, so you also can enjoy a Coffee Almond Cake.
Coffee Almond Cake
For the Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter or 1 cup
- 3 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Frosting
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals dissolved in ½ tablespoon hot water
- 1-½ stick butter or ¾ cups
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon ground almonds optional
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3.5 tablespoon heavy cream or more for desired consistency
- 1 cup almond slices toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9” (or 8”) round baking pans. Whisk together sugar, flour, and salt.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee to 1 cup boiling of water.
- Add coffee mixture to the melted butter in the saucepan. Let come to a boil for about ten seconds, then turn off heat. Set aside for just a minute.
- Mix buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla in a separate bowl until well combined.
- Pour butter/coffee mixture into flour mixture. Stir mixture gently for it to cool down before adding the egg mixture.
- Add in the egg mixture and stir carefully until combined. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until set.
- Let cake layers cool in pan for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a stand mixer with paddle attachment combine all icing ingredients but the almond slices, then ice the cake and sprinkle top and sides with toasted almonds. Chill for an hour before serving.
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