I have multiple recipes for Alice Cakes, but I don’t remember eating these growing up. But there are many recipes I have encountered that are unfamiliar to me, that’s one of the pleasures of baking for this blog, I get to discover all sorts of new treats.
Having made my Mocha Squares traybake a few weeks ago, I still had quite a lot of coffee essence left over. And the bottle claims that it should be refrigerated and used within 28 days of opening. Now, I don’t want to pass any sort of judgement on Mummy Traybakes’ housekeeping but I’m sure there was a bottle of Camp Coffee that was in our larder for a lot longer than 28 days when I was a child…
Chocolate and coffee is such a classic combination. These Mocha Squares have a chocolate flavoured base (from the cocoa powder) and a coffee buttercream-like topping.
Now, I think these are more of a grown-up traybake, (and they did not get a thumbs up from Little Miss Traybakes) as the coffee essence does add a bitter note to the topping. And even though they definitely are sweet as well, I don’t think I could eat too many in one sitting. Which is probably a good thing!