Coffee & Walnut

My favourite recipe to make as it is my mum’s favourite cake.

Coffee & Walnut
a fabulously moist sponge flavoured with instant coffee and ground walnuts. The orginal recipe is from "the Hairy Bikers' best loved recipes - mum still knows best" but with a couple of tweaks from me based on what ingedients we have in the cupboards.
Course Cake
Cuisine Cake
Keyword all-in-one, cake, coffee, nut, sponge, walnut
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting in tin Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 people


  • electric mixer with pulse setting (or a strong arm)
  • 2 x lined 20cm loose-based sandwich tins


  • 65 g walnuts pieces blitzed in a food processor (or finely chopped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 measure room temperature butter
  • 1 measure caster sugar
  • 1 measure self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tblsp instant coffee mixed into a liquid with 2 tblsp boiling water


  • 150 g softned butter
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 4 tsp instant coffee mixed into a liquid with 2 tblsp boiling water
  • 12 walnut halves


  • Grease two 20cm loose-based sandwich tins & line the base with baking parchment.
  • Blitz the walnuts in a food processor into fine crumbs.
  • Weight the Eggs - this is the "measure" that is refered to in the ingedients list.
  • Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking pawder & coffee misture into a food processor.
  • Blend on the pulse setting until just combined.
  • Add the blitzed walnuts & gently mix in.
  • Spoon the mixture into the tins.
  • Smooth the mixture - making the middle of the mixture lower then the sides.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove when a skewer comes out of the cakes clear.
  • Remove from teh over and leave inthe tins to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Leave to cool completely.

For the icing

  • Put the butter, icing sugar & coffee mixture into a mixing bowl
  • Blend until smooth.

Putting it together

  • Place the bottom cake on a plate. Use the flattest of the two.
  • Smooth half the icing over the centre of the cake.
  • Place the second cake on.
  • Use the remaining icing on the top.
  • Decorate the cake with the walnut halves - remember you need to cut the cake and walnuts are tough!!!
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