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.