Building Block - Coffee Soak
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Makes about 85ml (or ⅓ cup + 1 teaspoon), which is enough to soak a 3-layer 18-cm/7-inch cake (I only soak the bottom two layers.
  • 80g (or ⅓ cup) freshly-brewed coffee
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  1. Combine hot coffee and sugar in a mug. Stir to combine and allow the soak to cool to room temperature.
  2. Use half of the soak to moisten one 18-cm/7-inch cake layer. Top the cake layer with a filling of choice, and place another cake layer on top, pressing down gently.
  3. Use the remaining soak to moisten this second cake layer. Again, fill with your favorite filling, and top with a third cake layer. Frost the cake with a frosting of choice and decorate.
  4. The soak is best made right before you need it.
Recipe by The Tough Cookie at