Coffee Walnut Cake

Coffee is one of Daddy Vs Work’s favourite drinks.

Our house is full of different flavoured nespresso pods of Gourmesso for our coffee machine and it is on daily. What I love about the coffee machine is the fact we don’t need to keep jars of different coffee everywhere! The pods are neatly put away and then we can offer out a wide range when our guest our here, a bit like our own coffee shop.

However did you know coffee is also a great addition to cakes?

With the help of Kayleigh, we set about making Daddy Vs Work a coffee and walnut cake as a little treat.

I will admit there was a bit of a disaster with the butter icing however I will make another one this weekend and upload a better picture. This recipe from the BBC food website is super easy to follow.

Coffee Walnut Cake

Coffee Walnut Cake


  • For the cake!
  • 225g/8oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 50ml/1¾fl oz strong espresso coffee
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/2½oz walnuts
  • For the buttercream topping!
  • 125g/4½oz unsalted butter
  • 200g/7oz icing sugar
  • 50ml/2fl oz strong espresso coffee
  • 12 walnut halves, to decorate


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  • In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until very light and pale.
  • Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture, beating well to completely incorporate each egg before adding the next egg.
  • Add the espresso to the mixture and stir well.
  • Add the flour and walnuts and stir well to completely combine.
  • Spoon the cake mixture into two lined and greased 20cm/8in cake tins.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the cake is golden-brown.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • For the buttercream topping, beat the butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until pale and light.
  • Add the espresso and mix well.
  • Spread the buttercream over the top of each cake, then place one cake on top of the other.
  • Decorate the top of the cake with the walnut halves and serve in generous slices.

Other than our little disaster I was told the cake was delicious, in fact the best cake they’ve ever eaten!

We are going to give this cake another try at the weekend and it is perfect to get out in the garden with a lovely cup of coffee and the sunshine.

Make sure you watch the blog in the coming week as we are bringing you the chance to win some of these coffee pods too.


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