Sunday, 13 July 2014

full-bodied flavour

I want to like coffee. I'm one of those losers who orders a skinny hot chocolate or peppermint tea at Costa and instantly feels less mature than my twenty-six years! Sigh. Saying that, I do like coffee cake. Naturally. In my quest to make fewer chocolate cakes (so far I've managed carrot, lemon and blueberry and lemon and poppy seed among other less blog-worthy bakes) I plumped for a coffee and walnut cake when asked to make something for father's day. You can find the recipe I used here

The great thing about using liquid coffee in the mixture is that it makes the cake super moist. I used regular instant coffee and although the cake definitely had a coffee flavour, it wasn't as full-bodied as it would have been using espresso coffee as the recipe suggested. As usual, the recipe quantities of icing made way more than I needed, but I popped the excess in a tupperware and froze it - I often do the same with cream cheese frosting which once thawed, works just as well second time round. 

I told my nephew the walnuts on top were teeny tiny brains. Fortunately he's too young to understand!

You can find the recipe I used here.



  1. It looks great! It's been donkeys years since I had coffee and walnut cake.

  2. This looks delicious! My mother always used to make a coffee and walnut cake and absolutely loved it growing up (she even has your plate set so am feeling quite nostalgic now!)

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

  3. I can't stand coffee cake but adore coffee- I'm definitely going to try and make my own soon!

  4. I haven't tried coffee cake before but this looks scrummy x

  5. This looks MARVELLOUS. Photography is, as ever, on point xxx

  6. I have only recently started to like coffee- but will always order a vanilla late or a mocha frappacino rather than straight coffee!
    This cake sounds yummy!
    Daniella x

  7. Coffee and walnut cake is one of my absolute favourites!


  8. I'm exactly the same as you, I hate coffee to drink and always end up having a hot chocolate or a hot lemon! My Mum adores coffee cake so I made her a cappuccino cake with cappuccino buttercream for her birthday in May. It looks like a great recipe, I use the same basic measurements for most of my cakes. Good luck with all your baking! XxxX

  9. What a lovely looking cake! I also really dislike coffee (I've tried and tried over the years but it always makes me screw up my face!) but love coffee cake and tiramisu. I love the idea of eating coffee and walnut cake with strawberries - such a good flavour combo!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure


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