Sunday, 1 February 2015

Mini Coffee and Walnut Cakes

Ok, so we have been good and having our healthier options for January... using good ingredients and eating a clean varied diet. Well now here is an indulgent recipe to treat ourselves, inspired from the Queen of bakes Mary Berry.

Mini Coffee and Walnut Cakes
I am making these into small cake tins (3 inch diameter- it makes around 8 of them) alternately they can be made into 8 inch sandwich tins.

150g unsalted butter softened
150g light brown sugar
3 medium eggs & 1 egg white
150g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon coffee extract
60g chopped walnuts

For the buttercream:
150g unsalted butter softened
450g sifted icing sugar
1 tablespoon coffee extract
2 tablespoons milk

200g chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 180c. Line each tin with baking paper and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
In a large mixing bowl add in the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and coffee extract and beat using an electric mixer until you have a smooth batter. Fold in the walnuts.
Pipe the batter into the cake tins, just over halfway full. Bake in the oven for about 18 mins until they have risen and the top springs back when lightly pressed with your finger.

Leave the mini tins for a few mins until cool enough to handle, turn out each cake, remove the baking paper and place them onto a wire cooling rack. Once cooled, trim off the top neatly and slice each cake in half.
Make the buttercream by beating the butter until nice and fluffy then sift in the icing sugar, beat until you have a smooth consistency (scraping around the bowl a few times) and blend in the coffee extract until well combined.

To decorate, once the cakes have cooled fully, sandwich the halves together using the buttercream (about a quarter of it). Spread a thin coat around the sides and roll each cake in the chopped walnuts to give an even coat.
Spoon the remaining buttercream into a piping bag with a medium nozzle and pipe on swirls of you choosing on top to finish off the cakes


  1. looks lovely Paul I must give this one a go, trying to get back into baking for 2015!

  2. My kids are great fan of walnut cakes, so I used to make different flavour cake on every Sunday. But this is different cake recipe which you have shared here with coffee extract. I will try this soon, any cooking tips for me which we need to follow?


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