Monday, March 24, 2014

Coffee & Walnut Cake

This was a super cake that S made... and she made it seem so effortless.   I could have eaten the whole cake by myself !  A hint of coffee, crunch of walnut ....delicious.  While this sandwich cake needed to be baked in two separate cake tins, S made it in one tin and then sliced it into halves and put the frosting.

( Recipe from Traditonal Family Cakes - Book )

Serves 8

Unsalted butter - 175 gms plus extra for greasing
Light muscovado sugar - 175 gms ( used demerara sugar)
Eggs - 3 large beaten
Strong black coffee - 3 tbsp
Self raising flour - 175 gms
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Walnut pieces - 115 gms
Walnut halves to decorate -f ew

Frosting - ( used about 2/3 recipe of frosting)
Unsalted butter - 115 gms
Icing sugar - 200 gms
Strong coffee - 1 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1.2 tsp

Grease and line tow 8" cake tins or like S did - one tin only

Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Gradually add the eggs beating well after each addition
Beat in the coffee

Preheat the oven 180 C

Sift the flour and baking powder into mixture
Fold in lightly and evenly with a metal spoon
Fold in walnut pieces
Divide mixture into two tins ( if you are using two tins)

Smooth the services
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 mins if using two tins or it may be close to 40 mins for a single tin
Bake till golden brown and springy to touch

Turn on to rack to cool

For the frosting - beat together the butter, icing sugar, coffee and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth and creamy

Once the cake has cooled use half of frosting mixture to sandwich cakes together ( or in between), spread the remaining on top of cake and swirl with palette knife.

Decorate with walnut halves.


  1. Ooooh...that looks so tempting!! My family jokes that for me cake is God. And they may be right. Pity I am too fat to indulge myself now. So I am just going to drool over your photos...haha. Have a great week.

  2. Such a beautiful cake, am an ardent fan of walnuts in cakes.. She did a fantabulous job.

    1. She really did ! It was so good.

  3. beautiful bake.. n tats a nice frosting


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