This is a subtle cake: the coffee tempers the sweetness, and the buttery sweetness keeps it all mellow. Even if you don't make cakes, this one is a cinch. Don't be alarmed if the two sponge layers look thin when you unmold them. They are meant to be, because the cake gains a lot of height with its frosting. This cake is all about old-fashioned, homespun charm, so don't worry about how messy it looks: however the frosting goes on is fine. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)
The Espresso Martini is a variant of a classic vodka drink with a strong emphasis on caffeine. As the cocktail contains a shot of espresso, this also adds caffeine content to the drink which is sure to liven you up. The drink also features Kahlúa, a blend of coffee liqueur and rum. The Espresso Martini is served in a cocktail glass and presented with a garnish of coffee beans on top.