Coffee and walnut cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake

I’ve been busy working on a big writing project recently. As part of my project, I have carried out some questionnaires to find out what people’s favourite cakes are.

I really was not sure what to expect as people have such different tastes, but the responses I received were unanimous, much to my surprise. It was coffee and walnut cake.

Coffee and walnut cake is an absolute classic, and can be found in cafes and bakeries the length and breadth of the country. But despite being a firmly established tea-time favourite, I think coffee cake has suffered. It’s suffered from being popular and often, poorly executed. A well-made coffee and walnut cake is a pretty unbeatable treat, but it needs to be made well.

So, who where better to turn for a great recipe, River Cottage of course! I’m of course entering this into River Cottage Rocks, which I am hosting this month on behalf of Jo at Jo’s Kitchen. 

This cake turned out very well. It was very tasty and not overpoweringly sweet, which we particularly enjoyed. Mine turned out a lot paler for some reason, as I did use proper espresso in it. The filling and frosting were very soft, but that may have been down to the weather on the day I baked this – it was quite humid.

A word of warning – I used some greaseproof baking paper I picked up in an emergency from Tesco. The cake stuck badly to the paper, despite me using some spray as well when preparing the tin. Sadly, you can see the edges on the cake have torn slightly whilst removing the paper. I won’t be buying it again!

This month’s blogging challenge closes for entries on 6th July – it’s not too late to enter!

River Cottage Rocks



  1. Coffee and Walnut is definately one of my favourites and yours looks delicious! :)

  2. This would have been my choice too but I am so surprised at how well it did in your poll. I would have guessed a classic Victoria sponge being highest up there. Lots of people out there with very good taste!


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