Coffee & walnut cake recipe

Coffee & walnut cake recipe

Coffee & Walnut Cake Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious dessert that combines the rich flavors of coffee and the crunchiness of walnuts? Look no further than this coffee & walnut cake recipe! This classic cake is not only delicious but also easy to prepare. Perfect for impressing your guests during a dinner party or enjoying with your loved ones over a cup of coffee.


  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 100g walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • For the icing:
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • walnut halves, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm round cake tins with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy using an electric mixer.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift in the flour and fold it into the mixture until well combined.
  5. Dissolve the instant coffee in 2 tbsp boiling water and stir into the mixture, along with the chopped walnuts. Mix well.
  6. Add the milk and stir until the batter is smooth and well combined.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly between the two prepared tins and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Leave the cakes to cool in their tins for a few minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. While the cakes are cooling, make the icing. Dissolve the instant coffee in 2 tbsp boiling water and leave to cool.
  11. Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy using an electric mixer.
  12. Add the cooled coffee and beat until the icing is smooth and well combined.
  13. Place one of the cooled cakes on a plate or stand and spread half the icing over it. Place the second cake on top and spread the remaining icing on top.
  14. Decorate with walnut halves and serve.


  • Make sure that the butter is softened before creaming it with the sugar, as it will mix together more easily and result in a lighter cake.
  • Gently fold in the flour to avoid over-mixing the batter, which can result in a tough cake.
  • For a stronger coffee flavor, use espresso instead of instant coffee granules.
  • It’s important to let the cakes cool completely before icing them, as warm cakes can cause the icing to melt and slide off.
  • If you prefer a less sweet icing, reduce the amount of icing sugar and add more coffee to taste.

There you have it – a delicious coffee & walnut cake recipe that’s sure to impress your guests or loved ones. With its rich flavor and crunchy texture, this cake is a true crowd pleaser. The best part? It’s easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. Give it a try and enjoy!

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