Wednesday 13 February 2019

How To Make An Epic Coffee & Walnut Cake*

Is there anything better than sitting down, at the end of a long and busy day with a big ol' wedge of coffee and walnut cake and a brew? Not if you ask me there isn't! That is why I have made it my quest to make the most epic coffee cake ever! Something that you can not only get the recipe for but also some pointers on below. Just don't forget to save me a slice!
A tray of walnuts, a close up of one in the centre

Tips For An Epic Bake

First off, before we get to the recipe section, there are some other tips you need to know to ensure your bake goes smoothly. One is that if you are going to have a successful bake, each and every time, no matter what the cake, you need to have the right tins and grease them well. In fact, if you want your cake to be truly epic, greasing two sandwich tins, as Delia recommends at, then adding a circle of greaseproof paper is the way forward. Then when it comes to getting a perfect round out once it's cooked, it will be dead easy. 

Secondly, when it comes to getting your cake to rise epically, you need to do two things. The first is to separate out the egg and the whites and beat the latter separately. Then gently fold these into the mixture along with the yolks and other ingredients, and your cake will be light, fluffy, and grow to epic proportions. Additionally, baking your coffee cake for longer (about 25 mins) on a lower setting, of around 180 degree centigrade, can help you achieve an even bake all around. It will also stop those unsightly peaks occurring that can make your bake look less than splendid, and hard to decorate. 

Finally, if you want your cake to have the most intense coffee flavour then using real coffee like the stuff available at is best. Just remember to make it up to the required strength before and allow it to cool a little before you add to the mix. Otherwise, it will start cooking the mix, and you may end up with a lumpy cake!


3 eggs
170g self raising flour
170g caster sugar
170g butter at room temperature
1.5 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp proper coffee of your choice


When decorating your coffee cake, you will want to include some tasty buttercream icing. Now, a lot of people get all het up about this, but really there is no need. In fact, to make the best buttercream all you need is 1 pack of butter, and one 500g bag of icing sugar, as well as 2 tbsp of extra coffee made up, and electric mixer. Just start with creaming the butter until it goes white and then sift in the sugar bit by bit. Add the coffee as you go, and even just a drop or two of water as that can make it much easier to blend and will give you a lovely light whipped finish. Then you can decorate with walnuts to your hearts content. Just be sure to make it epic!

*This is a collaborative post

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