Life is what you bake it

As requested by Kavitha, below is my coffee & walnut cake recipe but on the subject of cakes I thought you might like to see the one my son made for his eight year old daughter’s birthday party.


Coffee & walnut cake: Cream together 8oz Flora (or butter if you prefer) with 8oz caster sugar. Add 4 beaten eggs and a coffee mixture made from 3 heaped tsp coffee granules dissolved in 3 tsp boiling water. Fold in 10oz flour (8oz self raising and 2oz plain) and 100g roughly chopped walnuts. Bake for around 60-70 mins at 160 C.

I have a strong dislike for anything buttery so for the topping I mix 2 heaped tsp coffee granules with 2 tsp boiling water and when cooled mix it into 1 small tub of Total 0% fat Greek yogurt. Into this I sieve icing sugar (difficult to say how much as I just add it until it’s as thick as it can take it). Spread and decorate.

I use pretty much the same basic sponge mix for several different cakes,  adding fruit or flavours as required and sometimes experimenting.





    • he makes a smashing Key lime Pie, Ratnamurti. What can I say – his mother taught him well! Actually he’s only developed an interest in cooking in the past few years.


  1. Cake looks lovely Eloise. I have a similar cake recipe that I call the cake of many guises because you can change it around to suit any occasion. I’m sure the kids and Daddy enjoyed it very much.



    • I too use just a few basic recipes and adjust them accordingly. I like the name ‘Cake of many guises’!


  2. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to make a coffee and walnut cake for ages but wanted a recipe that works, if you know what I mean.

    Could you just tell me do you bake your version in a round tin? Square pan? Is it a deep cake?


    • I use an 8″ round tin with a removable base. Yes, it is quite deep – 3.5″ approx. Sorry for the late reply – I have been away.


  3. Thank you so much for the recipe😃 I will bake one soon. The cake baked by your son looks super delicious!


    • I suspect that the six little girls who are having a sleepover have pretty much demolished it by now!


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