Boozy coffee & walnut cake

Boozy coffee & walnut cake

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Cooking time

Ready in about 30 minutes

Skill level



Cuts into 10 slices

Boozy coffee and walnut cake is the perfect party sponge- serve at afternoon tea, cake sales and birthdays

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months
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For the cake mix

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 15 walnut halves
  • 2 heaped tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water

For the filling

  • 500g pot mascarpone
  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp Tia Maria
  • a few toasted walnut halves, for decoration

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  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. Toast the walnut halves in the oven for 10 mins. Reserve 10 and chop the rest. Dissolve the instant coffee in 1 tbsp of boiling water, cool and add the basic cake mix (see recipe for Classic Victoria sponge, right), instead of the milk.
  2. For the filling, beat the mascarpone with the light muscovado sugar and Tia Maria until smooth. Sandwich the cooled cakes with a third of the filling and the chopped walnuts.
  3. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the filling and decorate the top with the toasted walnut halves.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2005

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beckyrankin's picture
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Have made this cake and also the choclate cake featured. Both have turned out perfect. so easy!

erinkirby's picture

I've never had much success with cakes for some reason but this one turned out superb! I added some coffee to the filling as it was fairly flavourless without it, and I added extra coffee to the cake mixture too. I also added a lot more walnut halves than the recipe called for. Superb! It's as good (no, better) as cake you would pay for in a top notch cafe, in fact my husband's friend told me today that he would happily pay £5 for a slice. Maybe I'll go into business! ;o)

aprilmcg01's picture
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I am no success in the kitchen however I found this cake easy to make and everyone who tried it loved it. I added some chopped walnuts to the sponge mix and I didn't completely cover the cake as the recipe suggests as I found the icing very sweet so I just put it between and on top. I also added some coffee mix to the icing to help calm the sweetness down. All in all I can safely say that, for once, I was actually a success in the kitchen!

stoney's picture

This is just about the best sponge I have ever made, just divine!
I couldn't get marscapone for the icing so used ricotta instead - big mistake! It was a very strange consistency and there was only enough for sandwiching the cakes together.
I was also surprised to see there is no coffee in the icing, as most coffee cakes do feature this.
Next time I'd make it with a coffee butter icing, or with marscapone (if I can get it!)

kiranc's picture

Hiya, Can this cake me made without any booze in it...? any suggestions very much appreciated..?

plum_pudding's picture
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Brilliant cake and so easy to make. Simply the best coffee cake I have come across so far.

mandbaby's picture
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A really delicious cake. I didn't have any tia-maria, so added a shot of espresso (or i suppose you could use about 30ml of REALLY strong coffee) together with a tablespoon or two of ordinary dark rum. It was delicious. I only had 250g of mascarpone, so just decorated the top and the inside layer - didn't bother with the outside edges. It was delicious. Went down a treat with my boyfriend and his work colleagues.

allieo's picture

I made this cake yesterday and was loved by all who tried it! Would make again for sure ..........tasted fab and so easy to make.

blanchardr's picture

Susan - Other cakes in this picture are..... Nutty apple streusel cake, Sticky toffee banoffee cake, Orange and rosemary drizzle cake, Fudgy dark chocolate cake, Pistachio praline and vanilla cake, Spotty blueberry and clotted cream cake, Coconut and lime cake. All variations on the basic recipe. Enjoy!

paulafowlis's picture
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This was a really easy cake to make and the outcome was fantastic.Tasted really nice a joy to eat....make this you will not be dissapointed.

mojitobabe's picture

This is so easy... tastes fantastic and looks sensational. What more can I say.. just make it !!!!

ronanokane's picture

I absolutelylove this tremenous cake

berrymate's picture

Have to say; turned out to be the best cake I've made to date - very simple and easy recipe, fab results.
Didn't taste overly of coffee, but hey, I guess most coffee cakes don't and it was still splllendid - boyfriend was even mature enough to do a smiley face in walnuts on the top. :)

donna_wowee's picture
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I absolutely loved this cake - I made it for my dad for father's day and he really was over the moon with it! Really personal prezzie, that just happens to taste like heaven!

susandool's picture

The coffee cake looks great, and just right for Father's Day, but so do the other cakes in the picture! What are they? I assume they all start with the Victoria sponge recipe. It would be great to use the 1 basic recipe to make all those different cakes!

mariella71's picture

Whenever i tried a recipie from the Good Food magazine or now from this web site i always received wonderfull results.They are easy to make and the the results are perfect.Today i'm trying this cake.Thankyou Good Food.My family really enjoys coming round my house because they always find something delicious with their tea.

dorzfomison's picture

The basic recipie for this cake and the others pictured is honestly the easiest and the most fail proof cake I have ever made! THANK YOU!!