Coffee and Walnut Cake

This Coffee and Walnut Cake is such a classic tea time favourite, and this version contains walnuts in the batter and frosting too.

Coffee and Walnut Cake

My Nanny loves Coffee and Walnut Cake and it is one of her favourite cakes to enjoy with a cup of tea. It was her birthday the other week and she turned 84, and as she was staying with my Mum anyway we arranged for them both to visit me and the boys after school, so , naturally, I thought ~I would make her a birthday cake.

My Mum and I take it in turns to make her a cake – this was my effort last year  (Mum did the year before) – check out my candle for her LOL

It so happened that I had recently been sent a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Krup coffee machine to review – the Movenza edition. You can see my demonstration showing how sleek and stylish it looks, as well as showing you how easy it is to maker a latte at home here

I decided to use a shot of espresso in my cake for my Nanny instead of instant coffee as I would normally 

Then I added it to the cake batter and I also added some to the frosting. 

The finished cake looked very inviting to eat I think, and my Nanny LOVED it (forgot to take a photo of her enjoying a slice of it though!). Mum and I enjoyed our slices, too and they took the rest of the cake back home with them to share with my Step Dad and to share between them all for some second and maybe even third slices.

If you fancy making a Coffee and Walnut Cake, then here is the recipe:

Coffee and Walnut Cake
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 10
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50ml strong shot of black coffee/ espresso
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 50g walnuts - ground
  • *For the frosting*
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 25g ground walnuts
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 40ml espresso coffee
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC
  2. Grease and line 2 x 8inch cake tins
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together for a a few minutes until pale and creamy
  4. Add the eggs and beat well
  5. Add the cooled espresso and a spoonful of flour and beat again
  6. Now fold in the flour until combined
  7. Divide the batter between the two cake tins, and bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until risen and cooked right through
  8. Leave to cool before removing from the tins
  9. *Frosting*
  10. Beat the butter until soft
  11. Carefully add the icing sugar - you might want to do this in two parts - and beat until soft and creamy
  12. Add all but 1 tbsp of the ground walnuts, milk and coffee and beat to make a nice consistency
  13. Now spread half the frosting onto the two sponges and sandwich together and add the rest of the frosting onto the top of the cake
  14. Sprinkle the rest of the ground walnuts onto the frosting for a final decoration.


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10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Lovely round up! I love those unicorn pancakes – my daughter would love them too! I’ve just linked up my banana upside down cake. It’s an old post but I’ve just remade it and updated all the photos.

  2. I think coffee and walnut cake is a cake that you either love or hate and I love it! I can never resist a slice! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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