25 Mar 2011

Coffee and Walnut Cake

          I am big time "Coffee Addict" ... no matter what anybody says about caffeine, I just can't forego my morning cup of black coffee which is followed by my mid-morning cup, then comes my afternoon dose of caffeine, closely followed by my evening cup and then my soothing calming night dose of coffee ... Yes, and I do have a good night sleep after that... Weird..!!!! I know...

A slice of heaven with a ray of  sunshine
          So u can imagine my joy when I came across this cake in "Primrose Bakery" cookbook. I baked it, iced it, klicked a few photos for the post and didn't wait for anybody ..... I had half of it by myself... he!he! It was pure heaven on the plate in the form of a slice ....


        
         Primrose bakery is a very famous spot in the heart of London which specialises in cupcakes. Their variety of cupcakes are endless and they have some of the most amazing flavours and combinations ....
        The taste of coffee in every bite was so refreshing unlike the usual flavours that we enjoy. The walnuts added a crunch which gave a lovely new dimension for the cake.

        
             As usual I reduced the amount of sugar added but I have mentioned the amount as specified in the original recipe.So feel free to use which ever measurements you prefer. Try to use a good quality instant coffee [I used "Nescafe"] as this recipe does not use artificial coffee flavouring or food colouring.


For the cake:
Self raising flour: 175 gms.
Golden caster sugar: 125 gms [original measurement : 175 gms]
Unsalted butter : 175 gms
Eggs [large]: 3
Baking powder: 1 1/2 tsp.
Walnuts: 75 gms.
Instant coffee: 1 1/2 tbsp dissolved in 2 tbsp of warm water.


Coffee Icing : The original recipe calls for buttercream icing but I used double cream to make the icing. Check for sweetness and add more icing sugar if needed.
Double cream: 200 ml
Icing sugar: 2-3 tbsp
Instant coffee powder: 2 tsp dissolved in 1 tsp of warm water.


Coffee Syrup: Instant coffee powder : 1 tbsp.
Demerera sugar : 25 gms [original recipe measurement is 50gms]
Boiling water : 55 gms.

Garnish:
Whole walnuts and whole coffee beans.

1.Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/ 170 degrees F/Gas mark 5.Grease and line the base of  two 20 cms cake tins.
2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. This will take around 3-5 minutes with an electric beater.
3Add the eggs one at a time and beat for a couple of minutes after each addition.
4.Grind the walnuts to a coarse powder. Sift the flour and baking powder together.
5.Add the ground walnuts and sifted flour to the egg mix. Gently fold everything together.
6.Add the coffee dissolved in water to the cake mix. Gently fold. The cake should have a marbled effect.

7.Divide the cake mix equally in between the 2 cake tins and bake in the middle rack for 25 -30 minutes until golden brown on top and well risen.
8.Remove from oven and cool in the cake tins.
9.Make the syrup by mixing the coffee powder, sugar and water and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
10.When the cakes are still warm, prick them with a fork several times and brush with the syrup until all the syrup is used up.

11.Cool the cakes completely in the tins.
12.After completely cooled, remove the cakes from the tins and peel the grease proof paper.
13.Place some coffee icing on top of one cake and spread evenly.Sandwich the two cakes together.
14.Spread the rest of the icing on top of the second cake and decorate with coffee beans and whole walnuts.

Note: Be careful when handling the cake after the syrup has been added as it will be very soft and juicy. The cake will taste best on the day of making it.

Sending this to Crazy for Cakes by Priya of Priya's Now Serving...

Enjoy....

Scribbled by Reva.

45 comments:

Mahi said...

Cake looks yummy! :P

Reva,nijamaave ivlo coffee kudippeengala? konjam athikamaave theriyuthu,kammi panna try pannunga!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Reva..This is a moutwatering cake...seeing ur pics I get the aroma and so soft feel of it...

Chitra said...

delicious one! thank you for the recipe.

AMMU MOHAN said...

mm......looks yummy and very perfect......Where are you residing in uk?i am from Birmingham.

Priya said...

Any leftover there, am inviting myself to ur place, wat an irresistible cake..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous.. Am a great fan of coffee flavored bakes..

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Cool Lassi(e) said...

Cake looks awesome!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

Thank you for stopping by Reva.You have some beautiful recipes.I am a coffee person when it comes to ice cream and cakes else I hardly touch a cup.Strange isnt? :) This cake looks amazing!

Paaka Shaale said...

Delicious cake!!! You rock reva :)

JishasKItchen said...

Yummy cake...looks awesome !!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious coffee cake looks wonderful

savitha ramesh said...

Coffee cannot be separated from ur lives.They are part of ours.cool cake with frosting.

divya said...

Wow that's soo fantastic...yummy and soft!

Ramya said...

Perfect for coffeeholics..:-) Love the coffee flavour cakes...Bookmarked:-)

Reva said...

Thanks guys for all your kind words..

Mahi- Yes,I do drink this amount... it is my usual everyday account... Thanks 4 ur concern:)I will surely try to cut down my intake of caffeine....:):)

Reva

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Reva
Chocolate and walnut cake looks heavenly. Great preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Now Serving said...

Superb entry - good luck dear!

Rani acharyulu said...

What a soft and delicious cake.Book marked this recipe.

Mélange said...

What an appetizing cake that is ! My God,am drooling here.Superb with the icing.Loved the way you narrated the coffee 'affection'.Lovely that you remain as 'you' Reva.Cheers !!

GEETHA ACHAL said...

ரொம்ப சூப்பராக இருக்கு ரேவதி..ஒவ்வொரு படங்களுமே அருமை..

ரேவதி..இது உங்களுக்கே கொஞ்சம் ஒவராக தெரியவில்லை...எதோ தண்ணீர் குடிப்பது போல காபினை வேளா வேளைக்கு குடிக்கின்றிங்க...கம்மியாக குடிக்க பழகி கொள்ளுங்க..உடம்பிறகு நல்லது...

Radhika said...

OMG> what a beautiful cake. I don't know how you could bring yourself to cut it and eat. It looks so perfect with the icing.

Eat Hearty said...

wow this looks Divine!!!

Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

Vimitha Anand said...

OMG that looks so mouth watering.. Can i have a piece pls???

S.Menaga said...

சான்சே இல்லை ரேவா கேக்கை ரொம்ப பிரமாதமா செய்துருக்கீங்க....

Aruna Manikandan said...

reva - too much of coffee dear .

cake looks awesome
nice clicks :)

Deepa Praveen said...

First time in your blog and I love it..nice presentation

valarskitchen-basics said...

Looks yummy, photography at its best...

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Looks absolutely delicious!!

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Mythreyi said...

Hi Reva,

Lovely Clicks and Yummy Cake.

I always love your space , your enerygy and encouragement. I would like take this moment to present this award to you. Please collect it from my space.

http://yummyodds.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-more-award-and-some-more-sharing.html

-Mythreyi
Yum! Yum! Yum!

Swathi said...

Looks very delicious, i am coffee person, sure this one is of my taste.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Cofee n walnut what a delicious combination...slurrpppp

Sayantani said...

what a recipe Reva. mouth watering clicks.

Raji said...

I love coffee..and this cakes looks great..lovely recipe.

Catherine said...

So glad I found your blog...this cake looks absolutely delicious..so moist and tasty..I would love to try to make tis recipe..Blessings, Catherine

Amritha Kalyani said...

perfect cake and lovely pics.. fantastic..

sangeeta said...

Hi Reva...first time here and i must say your blog is a visual treat....so nice pictures and such great recipes...Lovely.

Prathima Rao said...

What a gorgeous cake!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Mary said...

What a wonderful cake. I love the flavors you've used here and it certainly looks like it is otherworldly delicious. I'd love a piece. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Kankana said...

i like coffee a lot too, and my fav is Tiramisu so I bet I will like this too :)Beautiful clicks!

aipi said...

Hi Reva- I am a big coffee freak too particularly in bakes n this cake sounds heavenly to me..loved how creamy n yummy it looks!!

US Masala

Vimitha Anand said...

Hi Reva,
You have an award waiting in my blog... Pls collect it...
http://vimithaa.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-raining-awards.html

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This sound super delicious, very beautifully made. Will definitely vote for your salad in manjulaskitchen contest.

Usha said...

The cake looks fabulous and absolutely stunning ! Love it...

Prabhamani said...

First time here...u have a very nice blog with lovely recipes..Glad to follow u... :) I Love Cakes..:) yum yum yum...

suma said...

This looks so sinfully tempting Reva! I love the coffee and walnut combo and I will definitely try this next time the coffee craving hits!

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