Friday, 1 February 2013

Coffee & Walnut Cake



Coffee & Walnut Cake

I love coffee cake, and lightly toasted walnuts perfectly complement the taste. Traditionally, coffee and walnut cake would be slathered in a rich coffee buttercream, but I wanted something a little less sweet. You could, of course, easily add the frosting if you prefer it that way - just hold back the walnut halves to decorate the top at the end.

Coffee & Walnut Cake
Serves 6-8

4oz/110g walnut pieces (chopped)
1tbsp instant espresso coffee granules
4oz/110g butter
4oz/110g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
4oz/110g self-raising flour
8 walnut halves (to decorate)
  1. Toast the chopped walnuts in a dry frying pan until starting to brown, then set aside to cool.
  2. Dilute the espresso granules in the minimum amount of boiling water (approx. 1-2tsp).
  3. Grease and line a 6in/15cm round cake tin.
  4. Preheat the oven to 140°C/285°F.
  5. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add the eggs and beat with a spoon until combined, then stir in the coffee.
  7. Fold in the flour and stir through the toasted walnut pieces.
  8. Spoon the cake mix into the tin, smooth the surface, and arrange the walnut halves symmetrically on the top, pushing each one gently into the cake mix.
  9. Bake for about an hour, or until a knife comes out clean.
  10. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.


8 comments:

Pauline Persing said...

Thanks so much for adding the measurements in ounces. I put learning the metric system on my to-do list for this year but haven't started learning it yet.

Sarah said...

Walnuts and coffee - sounds delicious. I think all nuts go well with coffee. My favourite is hazelnut with espresso. I made a hazelnut espresso cake once, but never posted about it since it was not nutty enough and also not coffee-ish enough. Sigh. Yours sounds great!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

this looks so good!

Rachel said...

Is it just me, or has buttercream been getting greasier and sweeter, somehow, since cupcakes became so popular? Much better without the icing!

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

That looks so good!

Trev's World said...

Try putting muscapone mixed with coffee on top!
250g Muscapone
1 Tbs of expreso (strength 3)

Charlotte Klein said...

I almost have all of the ingredients for this! Looks simple enough (and foolproof, my favorite kind of recipe).

So nice to be here again, Rachel. Hope you are well!

XOXO

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