Getting shopping for my Mum I took my usual glance through the recipe cards found in Waitrose. Grabbing a few, my eyes clung to the recipe for classic coffee and walnut cake. As we have a homemade cake every week I took this recipe card as a massive hint from… the world? Anyway, I was set.
175g salted butter, at room temperature
175g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
2 tbsp cooled strong coffee
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g walnut halves, 6 reserved for decoration and the rest roughly chopped
For the frosting:
200g salted butter, at room temperature
400g icing sugar
2 tbsp strong black coffee, cooled
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line 2 x 20cm loose-bottomed cake tins.
2. Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually whisk in the eggs, then coffee, until well blended.
3. Sift over the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the mixture with the chopped walnuts. Divide between the 2 cake tins, level off the surface and bake for 20–25 minutes until just set. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, to make the frosting, beat the butter until soft and pale then gradually beat in the sugar followed by the coffee.
5. Spread the top of one cake with a third of the frosting then place the second cake on top. Smooth the remaining frosting around the sides and top of the cake. Decorate with the reserved walnut halves.
To get a great strong coffee flavour I used our stove top coffee maker to get espresso strength coffee. If using a cafetiere or instant coffee you may need to adjust the amount of coffee used but don’t make too much coffee because too much liquid will affect the sponge and icing consistency.
Hope you all give this a try – it’s simple and effective!