60g cocoa powder
1tsp ground cloves
3tsps ground cinnamon
1tsp grated nutmeg
220g caster sugar plus a little extra
1.5 tbsp finely ground coffee beans
1. Mix the cocoa powder & spice together. Spoon out 3 teaspoons of the mixture & keep to one side. Add 200ml of hot water to the remaining mixture & stir well until smooth.
2. Cream together the butter & sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth & creamy. Sift in the flour, baking powder & bicarb, mix well, then finally mix in the chocolatey mixture.
3. Divide between 2 sandwich tins & bake at 180c/GM4 for around 20 minutes until well risen & springy to the touch. Leave to rest for 5 minutes, then tip out onto a rack to cool.