Coffee and Walnut Cake

25 Jan

Today it’s my eldest son’s birthday. He’s 25 so a more grown up cake was called for. From the cakes I’ve made in the past one of his favourites was a coffee and hazelnut cake. So just for something a little different I decided to go for Coffee and Walnut, with a chocolate butter cream filling and a chocolate ganache on the top.


  • 180g Stork (baking margarine, I find it works nicer than butter)
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 180g self-raising flour.
  • 1tbs of instant coffee dissolved in 2 tbs boiling water

Butter cream filling:

  • 50g Stork or unsalted butter
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder


  • 150g chopped walnuts
  • 100g chocolate
  • 50g cream


  • cream the Stork with the caster sugar until fluffy
  • add one at a time and beat
  • add coffee and mix well
  • fold in flour
  • put in 8″ round cake tin
  • cook for 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean
  • leave to cool.
  • Turn out and pop in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Freezing the cake is not compulsory but I find it makes it easier to cut without it being really crumby

  • Cut off any peaks on the cake to make it flatter, then cut cake in half through the middle using a large serrated knife.
  • make the butter cream by creaming seived icing sugar and cocoa powder with softened Stork, or butter
  • spread half of butter cream on bottom half of cake and place two halves back together
  • spread the rest of butter cream around sides of cake reserving a little for a light coating on top of cake
  • place walnuts around sides of cake
  • leave in fridge for at least 1/2 hourcoffee walnut cake
  • make ganache by bringing cream to heat in a pan
  • when really hot, but not boiling, add the cocolate (broken into chunks) and stir until completely dissolved
  • leave to cool for about 1/2 hour
  • pour chocolate ganache into the middle of the top of the cake and spread gently to give an even smooth coating

coffee walnut cake

you can then continue to add any desired decorations. I just piped my birthday message on top of the ganache.




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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in my cakes


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3 responses to “Coffee and Walnut Cake

  1. Winelady Cooks

    January 28, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Your cake looks delicious. Thank you for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  2. Cindy Kerschner (@writelane)

    January 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Your cake was a hit at our party! Happy belated birthday to your son! Cindy @ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings


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