Coffee and Walnut Cake

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This classic cake, consumed in many a parlour of the Women’s Institute, has its place set in stone as a staple of the cake world. The moistness and subtlety of the walnuts combine with the real coffee flavour to make a truly lovely piece of cake.


Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 12


  1. Brew the coffee and allow it to cool.
  2. Heat the oven to 170°c.
  3. Put all of the ingredients except for the walnuts and the coffee into a large mixing bowl. the cake batter ingredients
  4. Mix the ingredients together until there are no lumps, then add the walnuts and mix them in so that they are evenly distributed. the batter with the chopped walnuts
  5. Pour in the coffee and stir it until it is thoroughly combined. the finished cake batter
  6. Pour the cake batter into 2 greased cake tins lined with greaseproof paper. the cake batter in the tins
  7. Put the tins into the oven for 35 minutes.
  8. To make the coffee buttercream, place the soft butter and icing sugar into a bowl and using an electric whisk, whisk the butter until its light, fluffy and almost white in colour. Then add in the cooled coffee. the butter icing with the coffee
  9. Whisk the coffee in to the buttercream. Depending on how much coffee flavour you like, you could add more coffee at this stage. Generally the amount of coffee you put into the buttercream should match the amount in the cake so that there is not a huge contrast. the finished butter icing
  10. When the cakes are cooked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool in the tins for 10 minutes. Then remove them from the tins and transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to completely cool to room temperature.
  11. Put one of the cakes onto a plate, spread half of the buttercream onto it, then put the other cake on top of it and spread the remaining buttercream over the top. You can then finish decorating the cake in any way you like, we opted to put a walnut on to each of the blobs of buttercream we piped around the edge of the cake. the finished cake
  12. Cut into slices and serve. a slice of the finished coffee and walnut cake
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Useful Information

Can it be frozen? Yes, but only the cooked cakes at stage 10.
Can it be prepared in advance? Yes, it can be finished up to 1 week in advance.
Will leftovers be nice? Yes, for up to 1 week.


- You don't have to add walnuts to the cake mix but they do work very well with the coffee flavour and they help keep the cake moist.

- If you want a “mocha” style cake, add 100g of melted dark chocolate to the cake batter at stage 5.

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