Is there anything more refreshing than a perfectly brewed cup of coffee in the morning? With all the busy days ahead, I wake up lately craving something sweet to start my day with, yet this feeling doesn’t diminish in the afternoon either. I searched for the perfect companion for my coffee and what would be better than a sweet, nutty and rich walnut coffee cake to enjoy. To whip up this lovely cake you need:
– 175g Unsalted Butter (Softened) (Keep Some To Grease Your Pans)
– 175g Sugar
– 75g Walnuts (Grab A Few Extra To Garnish)
– 3 Eggs (Beaten)
– 150g Self-Raising Flour (If not available add 1/2 of baking soda to the plain flour)
– 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
– 1 Tbsp Instant Coffee Stirred In 50 ml Cold Water (You Can Use Espresso If Available)
– Pinch Of Salt
For the Filling (Optional)
– 1 Cup Cream
– 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
– 1 Tsp Coffee
Top (Caramelized Walnuts):
– 1/4 Cup Walnut
– 1/2 Cup Sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C. Then grease and line the bases of 2 round 20cm cake pans.
Take two thirds of the walnut and blitz them into powder on your processor. Beat your butter in a bowl with the sugar till it goes light and fluffy,then add the eggs to the mixture along with the powdered walnuts stirring it gently. You fold the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt through with a large spoon until it’s just incorporated.
Roughly chop the rest of the walnuts and stir through the cake mixture along with your coffee. Evenly divide the mixture between the cake tins and bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes, until lightly golden and cooked through when tested with a skewer. Cool the cakes in their pans for 5 min before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place one of the cakes on a plate or board and spread with the coffee filling, then top with the second cake (you can certainly serve it as a plain cake) then cover with what remains of the filling. To caramelize your walnuts, melt sugar over a medium heat, without stirring, then carefully toss the nuts in briefly to coat. Let them cool on some aluminium foil before you toss them on top of the cake either as a whole or crushed.
This would be a wonderful addition to your guests coming for coffee serving table. The light coffee taste and lovely nutty texture would please everyone alike. If you do get worried about serving caffeine to kids or people who avoid it you can simply use Decaf and it should still give you the same rich taste.
Loving Wishes To All
PS: The photos are not mine, I shall replace them with mine soon as they are ready.