Frances’ Coffee & Walnut Cake

It was yet another birthday in the Design department last week, this time for the wonderful Cat!
Coffee and Walnut was her cake of choice and as you can see from the photo it was a popular choice for the birthday girl and the rest of us in the office!


10oz Butter
10oz Golden Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5 Eggs
8oz Self Raising Flour
2oz Ground Almonds
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
3 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup
3 Teaspoons of Coffee made into a paste with some hot water.
7oz Chopped Walnuts

12oz Sugar
5oz Butter
3 Teaspoons of Coffee made into a paste with some hot water.
3oz Chopped Walnuts(or any other nuts you may have or want to use)
3 Chunks of Dark Chocolate.

Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
Then add the eggs in one at time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl and beat this dry mixture into the wet, while adding the golden syrup and coffee paste in a little at a time. Finally fold the chopped walnuts into the mixture.

Pour the cake batter in a greased and lined 21cm loose-base or springform cake tin and bake in a pre-heated moderately hot oven,
180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30-40 minutes until firm to the touch. To check if the cakes cooked all the way through insert a skewer or cocktail stick and check it comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool slightly and turn it on to a cooling rack to cool thoroughly.

To make the frosting place the icing sugar, butter and coffee paste in a bowl and beat with an electric beater until the mixture comes together and the mixture is light and fluffy.
Once the cakes have cooled, spoon the frosting over the top and sides and then scatter over the chopped nuts.
Finally grate the dark chocolate over the top and serve lovingly with tea or coffee obviously!

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