Thursday, 12 January 2012

Coffee and Walnut Loaf Cake

I know what you're thinking, "More cake? Really? But I promised myself I'd be healthy this year...", and I'm thinking it too! I am! However, I am hindered in my plan to eat only healthy, dull things by the sheer quantity of cookbooks I got for Christmas, included both Hummingbird Bakery ones, Heston Blumenthal at Home, Lorraine Pascale's new one [though I find her very irritating, I have to concede that she does have some good simple recipes], and Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet. Get ready for some baking, compadres.

This is a bit of a lovechild between a coffee chocolate cake and a walnut and honey cake from the Hummingbird Bakery, because I was craving a coffee walnut cake AND I had all the ingredients all ready in my pantry. Don't you love it when that happens? It's like free cake!

Coffee and Walnut Loaf Cake

190g(7oz) unsalted butter, softened
190g(7oz) brown sugar
190g(7oz) plain flour
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1tbsp strong coffee
1fl oz milk
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
60g(2oz) walnuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F, then grease and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
Cream together the butter and sugar in light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each one.

Mix together the milk, coffee, sour cream and vanilla essence, and in a large bowl sift together the flour and baking powder. Add these wet and dry mixes alternately into the butter/sugar/egg mix, until it's all combined thoroughly. Fold in the walnuts and pour the cake mix into the loaf tin, smooth the top, and bake for 1 hr, or until springy and a knife inserted comes out clean.

I whipped up a coffee glaze by mixing another tbsp of strong coffee with icing sugar until I had a thick consistency, and topped with walnut pieces.


  1. Phoebe your sister12 January 2012 14:44

    so yummy!!! you go girl! loving the icing too. please can you make me a coffee cake, i do love ma coffee cake! keep up the good work!!!

  2. The icing looks divine! Are those candied walnuts on top?

    xx April

  3. You need to go on Great British Bake Off...they made coffee and walnut cake as the technical challenge with the 'celebrities' recently! love K xxx

  4. Yummy! -> Thanks for Sharing!

    ♥Looona Lou.

  5. April - they're just normal walnuts but I LOVE the idea of candied walnuts! Definitely going to try that out.
    K - I knoooow but they're so critical! I love baking but I don't think I could cope with Paul Hollywood's piercing husky stare as he rips apart my cupcakes xxx

  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds Lorraine Pascale irritating. There's something a bit contrived about her tv programme, although I completely agree that she has some lovely recipes.

    I'm so glad I found your blog. I love your recipes, photography and crockery! Following you :)

  7. I cooked this on wednesday and took it to playgroup for the mums and dads to eat while kiddies had snacktime ,it went down well .I will be diong it again soon .Thanks for sharing xxx

  8. Just made it without the walnuts. Jumbo delish thank you x