Indulge in Deliciousness: Coffee Walnut Cake Recipe

Howdy folks, let me introduce you to the Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting Recipe – a cake that’s sure to leave you hankering for seconds! I bet you’re asking yourself why it’s called Babs Cake. Well, let me tell you something; it’s called Babs Cake because it’s the creation of the one and only Babs, a regular at my coffee shop who loves coffee cake!

If you’re a fan of walnuts, self-raising flour, and of course, coffee, then saddle up because this cake recipe is going to knock your socks off! Just imagine making this delicious cake stacked with layers of walnut goodness and topped off with smooth and creamy coffee frosting. Believe me, folks, it’s a taste bud symphony that will keep you humming all day long.

So whether you’re looking for a recipe for a birthday, celebration or just a slice to get through the day, this Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting will be your number one treat. Buckle up and get ready to indulge in pure coffee bliss!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Babs Coffee Walnut Cake W/ Coffee Frosting
Babs Coffee Walnut Cake W/ Coffee Frosting

If you’re a fan of coffee and desserts, then this recipe for Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting is a must-try. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

First of all, this cake is utterly delicious. It’s rich and deeply flavorful, but not too sweet or overpowering. The combination of walnuts and coffee is something special – they complement each other perfectly and give this cake an irresistible aroma and taste.

Not only is it a delectable dessert, but it’s also easy to make. You don’t need any advanced baking skills to prepare this cake. Just follow the recipe’s simple steps, and voila! You’ll have a moist and tender coffee walnut cake that can rival any bought from a high-end bakery.

Another great thing about this recipe is its versatility. You can make substitutions or variations based on your preference. For instance, you can swap the walnuts for almonds or pistachios if they suit your taste better. Or you can add some chocolate chips for an extra indulgent twist.

Furthermore, this cake keeps well for several days in an airtight container, so you can make it in advance and enjoy it throughout the week. And if you have any leftovers that you don’t want to go to waste, why not try adding them to your morning cup of joe for an excellent start to the day?

In summary, if you’re looking for a dessert that blends the richness of coffee with the nutty flavor of walnuts – Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting is what you need. Not only is it incredibly delicious and easy to make, but it also offers various options for customization. So get your apron on and start baking!

Ingredient List

 Delightfully-caffeinated cake for coffee lovers!
Delightfully-caffeinated cake for coffee lovers!

For this Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 100g (3.5oz) of walnuts, plus some extra for decoration
  • 225g (8oz) of butter, softened, plus some extra for greasing the cake tin
  • 225g (8oz) of caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g (8oz) of self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee essence or extract

For the coffee frosting, you will need:

  • 250g (9oz) of icing sugar
  • 100g (3.5oz) of soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon of strong brewed coffee

Make sure to have all your ingredients at room temperature before starting the recipe, as it will help everything blend together more easily.

The Recipe How-To

 Experience the best of both worlds in each slice.
Experience the best of both worlds in each slice.

Let’s get baking! This coffee walnut cake with coffee frosting recipe is perfect for those who are fans of coffee and nuts. This is a perfect dessert for a birthday party or just a sweet treat for yourself. In this section, I provide detailed steps to guide you to create the perfect cake that you will be proud of.


  • 100g (3½oz) butter softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g (3 1/2 oz) walnuts, roughly chopped, plus extra whole walnuts or pieces to decorate
  • 175g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons of brewed dark roast long coffee or uk coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of coffee extract or essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease two round cake tins, approximately 20cm/8in in diameter, with butter and line them with baking paper.
  2. Toast the 100 grams (3.5 oz) chopped walnuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat for about three minutes, until they are lightly browned and smell nutty.
  3. Cream the 100 grams (3.5 oz) butter and 175 grams (6 oz) caster sugar until light and fluffy, adding one egg at a time while whisking the mixture together.
  4. Sift over the 175 grams (6 oz) self-raising flour, add the ground walnuts and fold until smooth.
  5. Add two tablespoons of brewed dark roast long coffee or uk coffee and one teaspoon of coffee extract or essence, then fold in gently.
  6. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and level the tops. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into the centre of each cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for five minutes, then carefully remove them from the tins and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Coffee Frosting Recipe:

  • 8 ounces butter, softened
  • 4 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of coffee extract or essence
  • 1 tablespoon of brewed dark roast long coffee or uk coffee

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter until fluffy.

  • Add the 4 cups of icing sugar one cup at a time while mixing until smooth.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coffee extract or essence and 1 tablespoon of brewed dark roast long coffee or uk coffee. Mix

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some crunch to your morning brew with a walnut cake.
Add some crunch to your morning brew with a walnut cake.

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to switch things up a bit, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try out for the Babs Coffee Walnut Cake w/ Coffee Frosting recipe.

– Gluten-free flour: If you’re allergic to gluten or just want a healthier option, replace the self-raising flour with an equal amount of gluten-free self-raising flour.

– Pecans or almonds: Don’t have walnuts on hand? Swap them out for pecans or almonds instead. It will give the cake a slightly different taste and texture.

– Brown sugar: Love the caramel flavor that brown sugar adds to baked goods? Use it instead of caster sugar in the cake batter.

– Cream cheese frosting: Not a fan of coffee frosting? You can substitute it with a cream cheese frosting for a tangy and creamy flavor.

– Chocolate cake: If you’re a chocolate lover, use this same recipe to make a rich and moist chocolate cake instead. Just omit the walnuts from the batter and add 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and textures. Try adding some plum or sour cream to the batter for a unique twist on this classic cake. Or, you can even make a coffee buttercream by substituting icing sugar for instant coffee granules in your favorite buttercream recipe.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to variations on this cake recipe! Have fun in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Serving and Pairing

 Melt-in-your-mouth texture with full-bodied coffee flavor.
Melt-in-your-mouth texture with full-bodied coffee flavor.

Ah, serving and pairing—my favorite part! Now that your Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting is ready, it’s time to dig in. This cake has a rich, decadent flavor that pairs perfectly with a fresh cup of coffee, making it the perfect treat for any coffee lover.

When it comes to serving this cake, I would recommend slicing it up into generous portions to satisfy your sweet tooth. For an added touch of sweetness, you could serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Alternatively, you may prefer to enjoy this cake all on its own—a slice of heaven in every bite.

As for pairing suggestions- because let’s be real, dessert always tastes best with the perfect accompaniment- smitten kitchen recommends serving it alongside vanilla ice cream or whipped cream; Mary Berry suggests enjoying a slice with a freshly brewed pot of tea; pastryology Vimal recommends serving it alongside some hokey-pokey crumble and walnut praline, and cookbook author David Leibovitz recommends pairing it alongside plum coffee cake.

This cake is truly versatile and can be paired with a variety of desserts and drinks, depending on your mood and taste preferences.

So go ahead and indulge in a slice (or two) of this delectable, coffee-infused treat. It’s guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and delight your taste buds.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make your day richer with a slice of Babs Coffee Walnut Cake.
Make your day richer with a slice of Babs Coffee Walnut Cake.

Ah, storing leftover cake is quite the conundrum. If only we could keep it as fresh and fluffy as it was when it first came out of the oven! But alas, time flies and so does cake freshness. Luckily for you, I have some tips on how to make sure your Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting lasts as long as possible.

Firstly, if you know you’re not going to eat all of the cake within a day or so, go ahead and slice it up. This makes reheating individual slices much easier later on. To store the cake, wrap each slice (or the whole cake if unsliced) tightly in cling wrap, making sure there’s no air getting through. Then, pop it in an airtight container before storing it in the fridge or freezer.

When you’re ready to reheat a slice, take it out of the fridge/freezer and let it come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. This will stop it from being too cold when reheated. After that, just reheat in the microwave on medium power for around 30 seconds or pop it in the oven at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes.

If you plan ahead and want to make this cake ahead of time for an event or party, I would suggest baking the cake layers a day or two in advance and then wrapping them tightly in cling wrap before popping them into an airtight container. You could even frost the layers and then store them separately wrapped if you’d like.

Finally, if you’re making this cake well ahead of time to freeze and use later, I would suggest not frosting it until after you’ve removed it from storage. This will prevent any frosting from becoming messy and looking lackluster after being frozen and thawed.

With these tips up your sleeve, you can always have a slice of Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting at the ready, no matter the occasion!

Tips for Perfect Results

 An irresistible cake that marries the flavors of coffee and walnuts.
An irresistible cake that marries the flavors of coffee and walnuts.

Now that you have the recipe for Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting, let me give you some handy tips to ensure that your cake turns out perfect every single time.

Firstly, make sure that your butter is at room temperature before beginning the baking process. Softened butter makes it easier to cream the butter and sugar together until they form a light and fluffy consistency.

Secondly, use a good quality self-raising flour as this forms the foundation of the cake. If you don’t have self-raising flour on hand, you can make your own by adding 2 teaspoons of baking powder to every 150g of plain flour.

Thirdly, resist the temptation to open the oven door while your cake is baking. The heat inside the oven needs to be consistent throughout the entire process, and opening the door can cause fluctuations in temperature which can adversely affect your cake.

Additionally, when it comes time to frosting your cake, ensure that your icing sugar is sifted before use. This will prevent lumps from forming and keep your frosting smooth and creamy.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something different, consider adding some plum coffee or walnut praline to your cake recipe. These make great additions that will give your cake a unique flavor twist.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a delicious Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting every time.


Now that you know how to make Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions. I understand how frustrating it can be to encounter problems while baking, so I’ve compiled a list of common questions and answered them to ensure your cake turns out perfect every time. So, let’s dive into those FAQs!

Should a coffee and walnut cake be refrigerated?

To ensure the longevity of the coffee and walnut cake, it’s important to store any remaining slices in an airtight container and refrigerate them. The cake can last up to four days, but make sure you allow the cake to reach room temperature before serving. Additionally, if you don’t plan on consuming the sponges immediately, they can be frozen for up to three months.

How long will coffee and walnut cake keep?

The longevity of a coffee and walnut cake is subject to how it is stored. Ideally, one can store the cake in an airtight container for a maximum of three days. However, if left for longer, the sponge may dry out and compromise the cake’s quality. It’s best to consume it within the first two days of storage to enjoy it at its freshest state.

Can you freeze coffee and walnut cake with icing?

When it comes to freezing coffee and walnut cake, it is possible to freeze it with the icing on. However, if you want to make the cake for a special occasion, it is recommended to freeze the sponges and add the icing after defrosting. If you have any leftover slices of freshly baked coffee and walnut cake, those can be frozen as well.

How to make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To make delectable coffee and walnut cakes, begin by preparing the ingredients. Soften 100g of unsalted butter and set it aside. You will also need 100g of caster sugar, 2 large free-range eggs, 100g of self-raising flour, 1 level tsp of baking powder, 50g of chopped walnuts, and 1 tbsp of coffee essence. Be sure to grease the cake tin with extra softened butter to avoid the cakes sticking to the pan.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting is a delightful and decadent treat that will satisfy any coffee lover’s cravings. With its rich flavors and textures, this cake recipe is sure to impress your family and friends. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just as a sweet indulgence on a lazy afternoon, this recipe is easy to follow and the end result is guaranteed to be mouthwatering.

I hope that my detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations have inspired you to give this recipe a try. Don’t be afraid to make some substitutions or variations to make it your own. And remember, always store the cake in an airtight container to keep it fresh and delicious for longer.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your apron and try out this Babs Coffee Walnut Cake with Coffee Frosting recipe now. Trust me – one bite of this cake and you’ll be hooked!

Babs Coffee Walnut Cake W/ Coffee Frosting

Babs Coffee Walnut Cake W/ Coffee Frosting Recipe

This is my sister Babs recipe for Coffee Walnut Cake that she sent to me. I'm sure this came out of a British cookery book at some point but as she has been making it for years she can't remember exactly where it came from.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 993.7 kcal


  • 8 ounces butter, softened (US 2 sticks)
  • 8 ounces caster sugar (US Superfine granulated)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons coffee extract (UK Coffee essence)
  • 8 ounces self raising flour, sifted
  • 3 ounces walnuts, chopped (setting whole walnuts aside for garnish)

Coffee Butter Cream frosting

  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 8 ounces icing sugar, sifted (US confectioners sugar )
  • 1 tablespoon coffee extract


  • Butter 2 8inch cake pans and set aside Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and creamy.
  • Add the beaten eggs, the equivalent of one at a time, beating well. Add the coffee essence and stir.
  • Fold in the sifted flour and chopped walnuts. Divide the mixture between the prepared cake pans and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35/45 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Set aside until cool.
  • Coffee Butter Cream Frosting:.
  • Beat butter until creamy and slowly add icing sugar and coffee essence. Reserve some butter cream for the cake's top decoration.
  • Place some butter cream between the two cakes and sandwich together. Add the reserved butter cream and the whole walnut pieces on top for decoration.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 163gCalories: 993.7kcalCarbohydrates: 109gProtein: 9.9gFat: 58.1gSaturated Fat: 30.8gCholesterol: 227.7mgSodium: 363.7mgFiber: 2gSugar: 76.3g
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