Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe with Chocolate

Coffee and walnut cake

  • serves 8-10
  • Easy

The combination of coffee and walnut is a classic but the addition of chocolate adds another layer of flavour to this beautiful cake, ready in just one hour


Try our coffee and walnut cake then check out our carrot cake, coffee cake and easy chocolate cake.




  • instant coffee 2 tbsp
  • milk 1 tbsp, plus a splash for the icing
  • unsalted butter 200g, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • caster sugar 200g
  • self-raising flour 200g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • eggs 4 large
  • dark chocolate 75g, roughly chopped


  • mascarpone 250g
  • icing sugar 50g
  • white chocolate 75g, melted
  • walnuts 50g, finely chopped


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and base-line two 20cm cake tins with baking paper. Mix together the coffee powder with 1 tbsp boiling water until dissolved, add the milk and mix again.

  • Step 2

    Put all the remaining cake ingredients with the coffee mixture in a large bowl and use electric beaters to whisk for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Divide the mix equally between the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer poked into the centres comes out clean. Cool completely.

  • Step 3

    Put the mascarpone in a bowl and sift the icing sugar into it, beating to combine. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix well, adding a splash of milk if it’s too thick to spread.

  • Step 4

    To assemble the cake, put one sponge on a serving plate and spread over 1/2 the icing. Sandwich with the second sponge and spread the rest of the icing on top. Finish by sprinkling over the chopped walnuts.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 584
  • Fat 38.8g
  • Saturates 22g
  • Carbs 49.2g
  • Sugars 33.3g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 8.5g
  • Salt 0.5g