Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe | The Cupid Bow 

RIP Bake Off. Our Wednesday evenings won’t be the same without out (apart from The Missing which is totally my new obsession. So Wednesday evenings, still pretty amazing TV-wise). However we will still miss soggy bottoms, innuendos, and collapsing gingerbread houses (which I will admit had me HOWLING. #Soznotsoz). Whenever I watch Bake Off, it always awakens the inner baker inside of me. Queue ‘Things to bake’ and ‘Recipes to try for Autumn’ Pinterest boards and an absolute mess in the kitchen. My latest victim was the traditional coffee and walnut cake. Never tried making one, had a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do, so why not! Here is my coffee and walnut cake recipe that will get you continuous invites to coffee mornings/dinner parties and almost certainly a first place in your own office Bake Off competition (because we all know this is pretty much the done thing after a season finale of the show. Trying to keep the spirit alive and all that!)

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Cake Ingredients

225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
50ml strong espresso coffee
225g self-raising flour
75g walnuts

Buttercream Ingredients

125g unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
50ml strong espresso coffee
25g walnut pieces to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C

  2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk.

  3. Add the eggs one at a time beating each well before adding the next

  4. Add the espresso (diluted in boiling water) to the mixture and stir well

  5. Add the flour and walnuts and stir well to completely combine

  6. Spoon the cake mixture into greased 20cm cake tins

  7. Place in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. A knife should come out clean and the cake be a golden-brown colour

  8. Remove the cakes from the oven and the cake tins, to cool on a wire rack

  9. For the buttercream topping, beat the butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until well combined

  10. Add the espresso (again diluted) and mix well

  11. Spread the buttercream over the top of each cake, then place one cake on top of the other

  12. Decorate the top of the cake with the walnut pieces and serve!


What are some of your other favourite cakes? Tell me in the comments as I’m looking for new goodies to bake! Make sure you’re following me on my social media channels and are signed up to receive all of my posts by email!

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