|Fresh coffee and walnut cake|
Random fact: did you know that the world’s most expensive coffee is made from animal poo?! According to the British Coffee Association, Kopi Luwak is a rare, gourmet coffee from
that’s made from coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (a monkey-like creatre). Indonesia
But don’t let that put you off as there isn’t a drop of monkey poo in sight here.
My standards are set quite high when it comes to coffee cake having tasted many versions, including the coffee and hazelnut cake at
’s in Ambleside which is just to die for. But it’s great for a home-made afternoon tea-style treat and it’s really quick and easy to make. Chester
175g unsalted butter
175g light muscovado sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
3 tbsp strong black coffee
175g self-raising flour
1 ½ tbsp baking powder
100g walnut pieces, plus extra for chopping and sprinkling on top
For the buttercream
100g unsalted butter
175-225g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp strong black coffee
Grease and line a loaf tin (or a round cake tin if you prefer).
Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then gradually add in the eggs and beat well. Add the coffee. Don’t worry if it looks like it’s curdled at this stage, it will all come together once you've added the flour.
Sift in the flour and baking powder then fold lightly and evenly with a metal spoon. Fold in the walnut pieces.
Put the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until a skewer or knife comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Cream the butter until soft then beat in the sugar a bit at a time then add the coffee. Beat and add the milk if necessary to get the right consistency.