Make My Mum’s Coffee & Walnut Birthday Cake With This Easy Recipe!


With my mum’s birthday just around the corner, it feels like the best time to whip out the mixing bowls and create her favourite! A classic coffee and walnut cake. With only five ingredients needed, you can make this recipe in less than an hour, making it easy to create at any time. Just pop on the kettle and enjoy a slice ASAP!

Good Morning Lovelies, 

Every year, on her birthday, I make or get my mum a coffee and walnut cake. I’m not the best baker, however, I like to make her one to give it that personal feel. To her, it seems like it is another birthday present when the effort has gone into it. Sometimes though, it can be a good old slog to make one. 

Honestly, it seems like there are lots of ingredients! Yet, I am here to help, as I have a five ingredient recipe for us all that makes the process a whole lot easier. Get ready to bake with this simple five ingredient recipe…

Ingredients For The Cake

200g of Self Raising Flour

200g of Caster Sugar

200g of Soft Butter

Four Large Eggs

100g of Chopped Walnuts (Also, save some extra for the top of the cake!)

Two Tablespoons of Instant Coffee (Dissolved in one tablespoon of hot water)

Ingredients For The Coffee Buttercream Icing

100g of Softened Butter

200g of Icing Sugar

One Tablespoon of Instant Coffee (Dissolved in one tablespoon of hot water)


Two 20cm Round Cake Tims

Greaseproof Paper

One Large Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon



Cooling Rack

Small Mixing Bowl


Start by preheating your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or Gas Mark 4, before greasing and lining two 20cm round cake tins with grease proof paper. Leave to one side. 

Take a large mixing bowl and add in the sugar and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, before adding in the eggs one at a time. Mix until fluffy after each one. 

Sift in the flour, folding gently as you do. If the mixture has started to curdle when mixing in the eggs previously, use this flour then to prevent it. Add in the coffee and walnuts, mixing until well distributed throughout. 

Grab your cake tins and divide the mixture evenly between the two. Level them both with a spatula until they look equal. 

Place into the oven and cook for around 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Once ready remove from the oven and allow them to cool in their tins for ten minutes, before turning them out to cool completely on a wire rack. 

When the cakes have cooled completely, you can make and add the buttercream in between and on top of them. To make the icing, add the butter to your bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Then add in the icing sugar gradually, before mixing in the coffee until smooth. Place into the middle, sandwich together then layer the rest of the cream on top and decorate with the remaining walnuts. 

Then sit back, relax and enjoy a good old fashioned slice! 

Joey X

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