Boozy coffee & walnut cake

Boozy coffee & walnut cake

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(43 ratings)

Ready in about 30 minutes


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

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal642
  • fat46g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre0.8g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.9g
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    For the cake mix

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter



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    • 4 eggs, beaten



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    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 15 walnut halves



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    • 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.

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    11th May, 2013
    Made this in a 7 inch cake tin instead of an 8 inch and use the extra mix to make a few cupcakes. Turned out great, everyone loved the cake and will definitely be baking it again
    19th Jan, 2013
    This is the first time I have made this cake, and I must admit it is lovely and so easy, I will defo be making this cake again. My daughter in law has asked me for the recipe so she will be making it too.
    9th Jan, 2013
    I don't like coffee cake but agreed to make this for a friend for her birthday. She likes her coffee strong so I doubled the quantity in the cake mixture. I have to admit I didn't use this recipe for the icing but just made some coffee butter icing instead. Fantastic comments all round when I took it into work. The extra coffee hit went down a storm. Making another one tomorrow! (and I did taste it myself and it was gorgeous!!)
    30th Nov, 2012
    Easy recipe and tastes great. I didn't have any Tia Maria so I used Baileys instead, it worked really well.
    14th Nov, 2012
    I baked this cake yesterday, and received raves from hubby. I mixed the chopped walnuts into the batter - yum!
    7th Aug, 2012
    Disappointing. I would have preferred a stronger coffee flavor. I didn't have Tia Maria so used Kalhua instead but again the flavor was not strong enough for my taste so added a couple more spoonfuls to the mascarpone than the recipe.
    16th May, 2012
    My 13 year old son requested this for his birthday. I am not a big fan of coffee cake but this was lovely. I think the mascarpone really added a creamy, milder taste - reminded me of Tiramisu! And the cake itself wasn't too strong with the coffee flavour. I didn't have any walnuts so used pecans which worked just as well. Will make again.
    12th Apr, 2012
    Fantastic cake and a lovely way to indulge in Tia Maria at teatime!
    1st Apr, 2012
    Made this for my Dad's birthday a few years ago and I think i'll make it again - he ate it practically by himself in 3 days! He was amazed - said it was cake you'd expect to pay £4.95 per slice for in a posh St.Ives restaurant and he's no posh foodie!
    19th Feb, 2012
    I make lots of cakes and have tried countless coffee cakes - this is the best by far, really moist and full of flavour, will now be using this as my staple recipe.


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