Classic Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe

Family baking – is there any better kind? The one thing my whole family love is Coffee Cake. This is a simple one but a great one to have up your sleeve. What birthday tea wouldn’t be improved by this?

right you need:


220g self raising flour

220g caster sugar

220g unsalted butter

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

4 large eggs

3 tbsp coffee essence (I used Camp)

50g roasted walnuts (chopped)


150g unsalted butter

100g icing sugar

1 tbsp coffee essence

1 tbsp milk (if needed)

Find your 8in sandwich tins, line them and preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

All in one method here – add all of your cake ingredients to a large  bowl and bring together until smooth.

Divide the mix between the two tins and bake for at least 20 minutes. Mine took 25 the other day but I have done it in 20 so just watch. Ovens are tricky things!

Once baked, turn out and leave to cool on a wire tray.

To make the topping/filling, cream the butter, icing sugar, coffee essence and milk together to create a smooth buttercream. Taste it to make sure the flavour of coffee is coming through.

When the cakes are cool, use the buttercream to sandwich them together and use any remaining icing on the top. My family don’t like very thick icing so I have been minimal here but it’s up to you. You can double the recipe if you prefer more.

Finish off with some walnut halves on top – always a good idea as people know instantly the cake contains nuts.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Now, I have to admit that I’m not much of a coffee fan, but I feel like it would be a crime to not eat this cake because of that. I looks absolutely scrumptious. I love the idea of the walnuts for that crunch. This is all kinds of nom nom nom.

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    1. Thanks @charandtheweb 🙂

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