Coffee and Walnut Cake

May 4, 2020mayurisjikoni
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The theme name is so apt when it comes to hubby and me, as we both love coffee. Having said that, I’m a little surprised that I really don’t have that many recipes on the blog where I’ve used coffee powder or granules as an ingredient. However, that has been taken care of to some degree with the coffee and walnut cake that I prepared for the theme.


FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme

Before I get into the whole coffee story a reminder that the FoodieMonday/ Bloghop group members decide on a theme and post a new recipe every Monday. For this week Sasmita who blogs at First Timer Cook suggested that we use Coffee to make our dishes. General consensus was that it shouldn’t be the famous Dalgona Coffee that everyone is trying out at home, including myself. cannot believe how just three ingredients coffee powder, water and sugar can create such a airy foam. Now we all know the Coffee is a Pantry Essential Ingredient in most homes…it certainly is for me. Having said that, I am so missing the South Indian Filtered Coffee.

Coffee and Kenya

Mention the word Coffee and most certainly the name Kenya will come up. During our travels (my feet are itching to get on a flight!) one of the things that hubby and I love is visiting small local cafes to enjoy coffee. Most Cafes in Canada or UK also sell freshly ground coffee blends and the minute we read Kenyan Coffee, can’t help but get excited. Go to Starbucks (well when we get back to normal!) and Kenyan Coffee is there. Most of the coffee plantations in Kenya are still owned by small scale holders. The main areas where coffee is widely grown in Kenya are:

  • Mt. Kenya region: Thika, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Kiambu, and Muranga
  • Eastern Region: Embu, Meru and Machakos
  • Western Region: Bungoma, Mt Elgon
  • Rift Valley Region : Nandi Hills

Kenya grows both the varieties of coffee, Robusta and Arabica. Kenyan coffee is world famous because of its bold, high, smooth acidity with a mellow after-taste similar to wine. It is the world leader when it comes to exporting Arabica Coffee.


What is Coffee?

Coffee is a brewed drink from the roasted beans. These roasted beans are the seeds of berries from the Coffea Species. The roasted beans are processed into granules or powder which is then brewed with water. Basically, coffee is bitter and contains caffeine. Its the caffeine that gives the ‘kickstart to the day” for many. 


Most Interesting Coffee -Kopi  Luwak

It has to be the Luwak Coffee that is widely available in Indonesia. However, popularity as a tourist attraction has resulted in the animals being abused. Basically, the Luwak or Civet cat(Asian Palm Civet) eats coffee berries. These berries are then fermented as they pass through the intestines of the cat. The cherries are passed by the cat in their faeces along with other waste. The beans are collected from the faecal matter, washed and roasted. Understably, it is one of the most expensive coffee!


A Collection of Recipes with Coffee that might interest you:


During our first trip to Bali,  along with breakfast we were served Bali Coffee. Its consumed without adding milk. Not knowing how it should be drunk, I stirred it after adding sugar. The coffee granules all floated up and then drinking the coffee was not such an exciting experience. The villa manager then explained how we should enjoy it… add sugar, stir, wait for the granules to settle and then sip. Next day coffee was so much better.

During our visit to Thailand, the most flavorful coffee and sweet! was whenever we wanted a cool drink. Condensed milk and boba are added if you ask for coffee. Sooo delicious and cooling too.

I will never forget the excitement on my mum’s face years ago when hubby told her that he would like to take her out for coffee. She got ready, we walked down from home to Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Edgware. She was smiling from ear to ear. When I asked her why she was so happy? Her reply, “Its the first time someone has taken me out for Coffee.” I was totally surprised. So I told her that she does go out with my dad often and her reply was “yes but for snacks and tea, not coffee!”


My recipe for the theme: Coffee and Walnut Cake

I really wanted to make the famous Affagato, the Italian dessert. Its one of the easiest and yummiest but unfortunately on the list of my online shopping I didn’t get Vanilla Ice Cream. So that recipe will have to wait for a while.  Hubby insisted that I bake a cake, I personally was not too excited by the suggestion. However, that changed when I took a bite of the baked Coffee and Walnut Cake. Can’t remember when I baked a ‘proper’ cake. Usually its the mixture of dry and wet ingredients that I follow….the easy way! Believe you me, the traditional way of creaming the sugar and fat, whisking in the eggs and then the flour produces a cake texture that literally melts in your mouth. I used this recipe as a guidance.


Ingredients Required For Coffee and Walnut Cake:

  • Coffee – a strong brewed coffee. I used Dorman Medium Roast Granules. I added 2 tsps to ⅓ cup of hot water and allowed it to rest for at least 10 minutes. You can use coffee of your choice or any instant coffee powder. 
  • Wheat Flour – I replaced the plain flour from the recipe I followed totally with wheat flour.
  • Eggs – large ones, remember leave them out to reach room temperature
  • Butter – I used butter, but you can replace it with oil. Need some also for the icing.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt – added a pinch to balance the sweetness
  • Walnuts – Make sure you roast them lightly. Chopped walnuts to add into the batter and also some for topping
  • Cinnamon Powder – for flavour
  • Sugar – I replaced the refined white sugar with brown sugar
  • Coffee Icing – totally optional but highly recommend it. 
  • Icing Sugar – for the icing or glaze.


Dietary Tips:

Egg Free Option:

For this particular cake I have not tried out the eggless version but replacing the eggs with yogurt should work well. For one egg the replacement is ¼ cup plain yogurt +½ baking powder.

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Coffee and Walnut Cake is a perfect soft crumb, delicious cake with the flavours of coffee and cinnamon. Enjoy it as a tea time treat or for special occasions, like the upcoming Mothers' Day.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Tea Time
Cuisine British
Servings 8


For the Cake:

  • cup wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • tsp salt
  • 100 g butter, softened I used salted
  • 1 cup brown sugar soft
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup cold brewed coffee strong
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup walnuts roasted and chopped

Coffee Icing (optional):

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 tbsp cold brewed coffee strong


Preparation of the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • Line a 8"X4" loaf tin with parchement paper. Or you can lightly rub butter all over the inside. Dust with flour. Tap the tin to remove excess flour.
  • Sift flour, cinnamon powder, salt and baking powder together into a bowl.
  • Mix the brewed coffee and milk.
  • Take a mixing bowl and add butter and sugar.
  • Cream the butter and sugar till its light, fluffy and becomes pale in colour.
  • Add one egg and whisk well. Add the second egg and whisk.
  • Add ⅓ of the flour mixture. Mix till the flour is incorporated into the mixture.
  • Add half of the coffee and milk mixture. Mix well.
  • Add ⅓ of the flour mixture and mix till the flour is incorporated into the mixture.
  • Add the remaining coffee and milk mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture. Mix till the flour is incorporated into the mixture. The batter will be sligtly thick.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or till a skewer or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • If it is not done by 50-60 minutes, lower the temperature to 100°C and let it bake for a further 5 minutes.
  • Take the tin out of the oven and let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the cake from the tin and place it on a wire rack to allow it to cool down completely.

Preparation of the Coffee Icing:

  • Mix sugar and butter with a whisk or a fork.
  • Add the coffee brew ½ tbsp at a time till you get a thick paste.
  • Enjoy the cake with some coffee or tea.
Keyword Tea Time Cake

Pin for Later:

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  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    May 5, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Loving the wonderful texture of this coffee and walnut cake. The crumb looks so light and yum and that Icing, you got me on that. I am a fan of coffee and loving this delicious cake with icing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Renu, I wasn’t going to add the icing but decided last minute to do so. Hubby couldn’t wait for the cake to cool so as a result the icing dripped down the sides a bit.

    2. themadscientistskitchen

      May 6, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      This is so very delicious! I love the way the icing looks. It is amazing. As for cake I need to bake one soon as it is my daughter birthday soon.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        May 7, 2020 at 5:48 pm

        Thanks Archana.. if your family loves coffee, then try this one.

    3. The Girl Next Door

      May 8, 2020 at 9:28 am

      The cake looks fantastic! The crumb is fabulous, and the cake looks soft and moist. It would be such a treat to have this. 🙂

      1. mayurisjikoni

        May 8, 2020 at 8:26 pm

        Thank you so much Priya.. it definitely was a wonderful treat, am glad that my hubby insisted that I bake a cake.

  • poonampagar

    May 8, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Coffee walnut cake with that coffee icing looks very tempting di ! Loved the texture of the cake. Looks just perfect !
    Meanwhile, loved reading your mom’s reaction when she was asked for a coffee outing! It’s such small pleasures of life that make us feel so happy and special ❤️

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, for days she couldn’t stop telling everyone including the nurses at the hospital where she went for dialysis that her son in law took her out for coffee.

  • preethi76

    May 9, 2020 at 4:55 am

    This coffee and walnut cake has a perfect crumb. A delicious treat for all coffee lovers. Loved every bit of your write up. During my trip to Bali I remember Luwak coffee. Did not dare to try it .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi, as I saw how the beans were washed, roasted and then ground, hubby and I did try it out and frankly still rather enjoy our South Indian or Kenyan coffee.

  • FoodTrails

    May 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Crunch of walnuts with coffee flavor .. loved this combo.. must be such a flavorful treat!! Cake looks so perfectly baked with beautiful crumb.. loved reading the cute piece of memory you shared about your mom, your hubby and coffee!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Swaty, it was a delicious bake and we loved it. Yes, fond memories of my mum are all we have.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    May 11, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Coffee and walnut sounds a lovely combo 🙂 The cake here seems to have a nice crumbly texture. I would love to make the egg free version 😉 And also in love with the cute excitement moment of your mom !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, if you ever try out the eggless version please let me know how it turns out.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    May 11, 2020 at 9:06 am

    This coffee and walnut cake looks very delicious di, as I always i love your write up di. Thanks for sharing your memories with us nd thanks for sharing my coffee jelly recipe. Using wheat flour made this cake more healthy, i loved adding coffee icing on cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you so much Aruna. I’m still trying to get some time to make the coffee jelly. I must admit the cake does take delicious with the icing.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    As always lovely write up Mayuri. Enjoyed reading your memories. Coffee walnut cake looks delish. I loved the icing most. I will try it sometime. I love anything with coffee flavour so I can feel the aroma and taste.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 12, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata.. do try out the cake, am sure you’ll love it.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    May 14, 2020 at 8:03 am

    interesting to read about the Coffee served at Bali !! is it like Black Coffee ? I am not a coffee person myself,but that cake with that icing… is …… delightful and absolutely spot on ! wow …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, and yes the traditional Bali coffee is black. Here in Mombasa they serve what is called Tangawizi… its black coffee with ginger a very small portion and its served with sweet halwa.

  • namscorner18

    May 15, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Coffee walnut cake looks so soft and love the texture. Looks so tempting and inviting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 15, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha.

  • Chef Mireille

    May 25, 2020 at 5:14 am

    5 stars
    OMG I am drooling over here. That icing is just too much and for this coffee lover, this is the perfect tea cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 26, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Mireille, it is a wonderful teatime cake. In Fact my hubby didn’t want me to share it with the neighbors 🙂

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    May 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    I love the flavour of coffee in cakes and desserts, its different and tastes so good. The cake looks soft and inviting with all the walnuts.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 26, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, I too love any desserts with coffee in it.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    5 stars
    Ooo La la .. this is a perfect cake for me . All my favourite ingredients have gone into it, I love cakes and breads with cinnamon. I will bake it definitely as it is a very healthy one too with whole wheat flour . The texture is too good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 26, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, hope you do bake it. Enjoy.

  • waagmi

    June 4, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Loving the texture of the cake, topping is lovely…beautiful indeed.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 5, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks Waagmi.

  • amrita

    August 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    5 stars
    Coffee and walnut is a lovely combo…Also addition of cinnamon definitely makes it aromatic … The texture of the cake has turned out so good..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 7, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita.

  • Dan Sutelman

    February 22, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    4 stars
    Yummy recipe! I really like it and excited to try this recipe. The process you used looks quicker. Thank you for sharing the amazing recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you so much Dan. Please share a photo when you try the recipe out.

  • Chaitra Tilak

    July 7, 2021 at 1:01 am

    The cake looks amazing. I want to try it. Can it be made in a round ton please?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Chaitra most certainly you can make in a round tin.

  • Chaitra

    August 10, 2021 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    Tried the cake and everyone loved it 😋
    Thanks for this. It looks great as a round birthday cake 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2021 at 2:38 am

      Thank you so much Chaitra for trying out the cake. Am so glad everyone loved it. It is my favourite cake.

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