Coffee Cake Recipe with Pecan Brittle

Coffee cake with pecan brittle

  • serves 10
  • Easy

Classic coffee cake is one of our all-time favourite afternoon treats. In this recipe, we've given it a modern twist to include deliciously crunchy pecan brittle


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  • butter 225g (at room temperature), plus a little more for the tins
  • light muscovado sugar 225g
  • eggs 4
  • coffee granules 1 tbsp mixed to a paste with 2 tbsp milk
  • plain flour 175g
  • baking powder 3 tsp
  • pecan halves 150g, 8 kept for decoration, and the rest chopped


  • white granulated sugar 150g
  • butter 250g, softened
  • icing sugar 500g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line and butter 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one by one, with the coffee paste and 1 tbsp of the flour. Fold in the remaining flour, the baking powder and the chopped pecans.

  • Step 2

    Divide the mixture between the tins, level the tops and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are risen and feel springy when pressed lightly. Cool slightly, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave cool completely.

  • Step 3

    To make the brittle, tip the sugar into a frying pan in an even layer. Add 2 tbsp of water and heat until the sugar has melted. Keep cooking until you have an evenly coloured golden caramel. Add the whole pecans, then tip the lot onto a baking sheet set on a wooden board. Cool, then snap the pecans out of the surrounding brittle.

  • Step 4

    Beat the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy, adding a tiny splash of water if you need to loosen it. Crush the brittle to a coarse powder by rolling it with a rolling pin, then beat it into the icing. Sandwich the cakes together with some icing, and cover the cake with the rest. Decorate the top with the glazed pecans.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 907
  • Fat 52.1g
  • Saturates 26.3g
  • Carbs 102.2g
  • Fibre 1.7g
  • Protein 6.5g
  • Salt 1.2g