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Recipe: Coffee & Walnut Birthday Cake | FOOD

Last weekend I went home to celebrate my dad’s birthday and I decided to bake him a birthday cake. His favourite is coffee and walnut so I knew that this was the type of cake I was going to make. It’s great for a mid-afternoon treat and goes perfectly with a latte or a cappuccino.

To make it, I used a normal cake recipe which is adapted from my cupcakes recipe which you can see here and I added in the espresso and walnuts for the flavour. You can use this recipe as base recipe for any birthday cake and add in flavours such as chocolate or salted caramel.  It’s so easy to make, if I can do it, anyone can!

I wanted the cake to be quite tall, so I bought these 6 inch cake tins from amazon specifically from this cake. I might even use them to make a rainbow cake next time! This ‘happy birthday‘ cake topper was a perfect way to decorate.

Keep scrolling for my coffee and walnut cake recipe!

Recipe: Coffee & Walnut Birthday Cake | FOOD | FREYA WILCOX

Makes a 6 inch cake with 4 layers.



225g butter and a little bit for greasing too

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

50ml espresso coffee

225g self-raising flour

75g walnuts, roughly chopped



165g butter

285g icing sugar

50ml espresso coffee


And walnut halves to decorate!



  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
  2. Mix together the butter and sugar
  3. Add the beaten eggs and mix well
  4. Next add the espresso coffee and mix well
  5. Add the flour and crushed walnuts and mix well
  6. Grease your baking tins well with some butter
  7. Divide the mixture equally between the baking tins using a spoon
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  9. Once baked, take the cakes out of the tins and onto a wire rack to cool- it’s time to start the icing
  10. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and icing sugar until it turns pale in colour
  11. Add the espresso coffee and mix well
  12. Transfer the buttercream mix to a piping bag and pipe a layer on each of the cakes
  13. Assemble the cakes on top of each other and add any remaining icing to the top of the cake
  14. Finally, add walnut halves to decorate and anything else you might have


Let me know if you make this, and enjoy!

Recipe: Coffee & Walnut Birthday Cake | FOOD | FREYA WILCOX

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