Coffee and Walnut Cake – The One-Year Milestone

As I recently just took some time to learn about coffee preparation and its officially a year since FrugalFeeding opened its e-pages for “business”. So, I thought I’d mark the occasion with a suitably successful and enormously delicious coffee and walnut cake. To be honest, gushing about how much I’ve loved blogging is neither British, nor is it me. So, we shall forgo such sickening pleasantries. After all, I wouldn’t want to disappoint you “yanks” by omitting both my British personality and all the frightfully offensive colloquialisms that go hand-in-hand with it. In all seriousness, I am pleasantly surprised that FrugalFeeding has proved quite so popular – it is quite a shock to me that it has made it this far. Here’s to yet another frugal year!

My grandmother’s signature bake, to make use of a term used with startling frequency in The Great British Bake Off, simply must be the good old coffee cake. Though her cake batter doesn’t contain walnuts, it is from her that I have drawn the inspiration for this delight. When making this cake the aim was to keep the flavour of the walnuts and the coffee rather separate, continue reading and learn more about the coffee. As such, you’ll find that the cake itself takes on the flavour of the nuts, whilst the icing darkens the taste with a beautifully delicious coffee kick. Please use a good quality coffee when attempting this, instant coffee simply will not do. Whip out your cafetière or percolator and make a jolly large batch of coffee, using a dark bean – number four on the bean scale will do nicely. Other than that you may all go wild and enjoy this delicious dessert.

Coffee and Walnut Cake

Makes 1 cake with two layers


For the Sponge:

• 3 eggs, weighed

• Butter, caster sugar and self-raising flour in equal measure – in order to get exact amounts weigh the eggs and use the same weight of these ingredients, this should be roughly 7 ounces or 200g.

• 100g finely chopped walnuts

• 70ml “real” coffee (see above)

For the Icing:

• 200g cream cheese

• 70g butter, at room temperature

• 50-70ml “real” coffee

• 150g icing sugar, sifted

• Whole walnut halves for decoration


1. Grease and line two 18cm sandwich tins, heat oven to 180C.

2. Cream together the sugar and the butter, with a hand whisk, until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one by one. This requires thorough mixing between each egg. Whisk in the prepared coffee.

4. Sieve in the flour and fold in gently until just mixed. Fold in the walnuts and divide between the sandwich tins. Bake for around 25 minutes, or until they make no sound when listened to.

5. Allow to rest before turning onto a wire rack. Prepare the icing by beating the constituent ingredients together until uniform. You may need less coffee, see how it goes. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before decorating.

Cost: Cakes like this cost pittance, especially when one has one’s own chickens. Surely one can’t put a price on a blog’s birthday cake. However, if backed into a corner I’d be forced to divulge. Under such circumstances my reply would be: ‘roughly £2.50, but for you… nothing.’

143 comments on “Coffee and Walnut Cake – The One-Year Milestone

    January 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

    My mum’s signature cake is this exact cake! Walnuts and all! X

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the comment Gemma! I assume you’re the one I know 😀

  2. mbnilsson
    January 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Mine comes up in May. Time flies. I too have really enjoyed the blogging world. Who knew it could be so much fun? Enjoy that delicous coffee cake to celebrate.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks! Ahha, I shall keep an eye out. It really is SO much fun. It has taken up hundred of hours of my time 😀

  3. Cathy
    January 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Congratulations on a year of blogging and enjoy your cake – it looks so delicious! All the best for year two!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Cathy. The cake was awesome. I hope year two goes smoothly 😀

  4. Classic
    January 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. I must make this!! 😀

  5. Thebigfatnoodle
    January 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Keep it up FF! The blogging world would be a much less interesting place without you in it 🙂 I’m totally with you on the real coffee and I love walnuts! I think you get their maximum sweetness when you put them in cakes like this, your nanny must be pleased & very proud of you :))

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I shall, Noodle. That’s such a nice thing to say! I’m sure she is, though she doesn’t go on my blog too much. I shall have to show it to her!

  6. Juls (Pepper and Sherry)
    January 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Happy Blogiversary Sir! I have much enjoyed your musings and recipes over the past year and long may it continue!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my writing. I hope you continue to return for years to come 😀

  7. Chica Andaluza
    January 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Happy anniversary and what a beautiful cake…love the icing too (or should I say “frosting” for the non Brits?!).

  8. Canadianbudgetbinder
    January 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Happy Anniversary! The cake sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks! Please do, I promise you’ll like it.

  9. alternative eating
    January 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Happy Anniversary:) This cake looks really good:) Maybe this is what I should make to go with my tea:) 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, I think it is. It was truly delicious.

  10. Kimby
    January 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I’m glad you stayed true to yourself in this post. Your blog is a delight and so is this cake. Congratulations!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Me too! If there’s one thing everyone must do, it’s to stay true to one’s self. I’m so glad you like my blog.

  11. ceciliag
    January 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Very nice and Happy Birthday in suitably dismissive low key fashion to your pages. Lovely cake. And I do appreciate being able to taste each flavour separately.. very nice.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Ah, a perfectly wishes sentiment :D. Thanks, Cecilia.

  12. Michelle
    January 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Many happy returns!

  13. thekalechronicles
    January 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Happy anniversary, Nick. Enjoy your cake.

  14. The Opinionated Foodie
    January 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Happy birthday! Your birthday cake looks wonderful. I hope it tastes like a million bucks!

    Best wishes for your second year!

  15. trixfred30
    January 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Well done for making it to your first anniversary. I would have gone for you grandmother’s version myself not much of a walnut man…

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the staying power :D. Well, that’s up to you, just remove the walnuts from the mixture.

  16. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    January 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm


  17. spree
    January 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Frugal Feeding! and Congratulations Nick on stepping out and following your muse! Keep enjoying yourself (in your dignified British manner of course!) and we’ll keep enjoying (sometimes effusively) what you bring to the table! Now, That’s one beautiful looking cake!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks, Spree! I shall continue to do just that! But, only sometimes effusively? I must step my game up a level!

  18. Just A Smidgen
    January 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! You are a popular site… because of your wonderful recipes. This looks fantastic, I love walnuts and the idea of walnuts with a coffee icing, heavenly!! xo Smidge

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks! It’s so nice of you to say so. They two flavour compliment each other so perfectly.

  19. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    January 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Congrats on a year. I like the idea of great food on a budget and always enjoy how innovative you are. Cough, beetroot cupcakes, cough. This cake looks like a great way to celebrate.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Greg! I hope you continue to frequent my web space.

  20. Elaina @ Flavour
    January 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Happy One Year!!! Looking forward to the year ahead with more of your fabulous recipes!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks! I can’t believe I’ve made it this far :D.

  21. Conor Bofin
    January 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Birthday. Coffee cake is my favourite. Tough, I have never baked one.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks, Conor! It’s one of my favourite too – you should check out my apple and walnut cake too.

  22. cookinginsens
    January 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Happy anniversary Frugal!

  23. promenadeplantings
    January 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations on a year of blogging. Have to agree about using PROPER coffee, nothing else will do in my book 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks! Proper coffee really is the way forward.

  24. cravesadventure
    January 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    This looks delicious – thanks for sharing!

  25. k.m.
    January 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Oops, I totally make a coffee cake using espresso powder, and (horrors!) the microwave! Nevertheless I will endeavor to pull out all the stops when I make this one, in honor of your blog’s one year anniversary. 🙂

    Here’s to another excellent year!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Uhho – slap on the hand for you.Oh well, yes you should, naughty. I hope so too.

  26. thelittleloaf
    January 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Happy 1st birthday! It’s been a year of wonderful recipes – do keep up the good work 🙂 And that cake looks wonderful – it’s hard to beat a classic tea-time treat like this.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Loaf! I shall try my utmost. You shall receive the gift of yet another wonderful cake sometime in the next couple of days 😀

  27. Anne
    January 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Congrats on 1 year!!

    YUM! I may try this with cupcakes (so the middle layer of frosting wont’ be there.. 🙁 ) or maybe even mini cupcakes…!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks! I hope there’s another. That’s a good idea – put more icing on the top.

  28. jane
    January 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary! Time does fly, doesn’t it? I love walnuts, and coffee, and cake — will have to try this real soon!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks! It REALLY does. Please do try it, you won’t regret it.

  29. Dina Avila
    January 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, I’m so glad people like me enough to comment about it 😀

  30. Hayley (Oat Couture)
    January 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    What a delicious way to celebrate a year!! I actually want to throw myself face first into that bowl of icing! 🙂 Happy (blog) birthday!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Oh yes, I agree! You should do, but be careful not to drown or something… not the worst way to pop one’s clogs.

  31. Julie @ happygoodtime
    January 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Happy blog birthday, and a heap of gratitude for your many labored hours bringing so many beautiful posts to your readers.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks! No problem, they were many hours of fun!

  32. outofourmindstoyours
    January 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    That look delicious!! Again congrats on following through a year of blogging, and may the next year be even better!

    You are so right about pouring lots of hours into it, I find it overwhelming sometimes, but it’s fun so I guess the time doesn’t matter so much 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks! I do hope it is. No, the time doesn’t matter at all. There is very little I’d rather be doing.

  33. Dan McCullough
    January 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog during the next, and for many years to come. Cheers!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Dan! I do hope you continue to return for many posts to come!

  34. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    January 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Happy blogaversary!! Beautiful cake too.. 🙂

  35. Jen R
    January 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Congrat on a year of blogging…lov your work, thanks for sharing all the economical yummies with us. Mums cakes always the best!

  36. onceuponarecipe
    January 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    What a fabulous cake! Happy one year blogiversary! I anticipate another successful year ahead! 🙂

  37. Rebecca
    January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve never had coffee cake with actual coffee in it–though I know that’s the traditional way. Also interesting as it’s more of a breakfast thing for all the people I know–Being not much of a sweets-for-breakfast person, this sounds lovely as a birthday dessert!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks! It’s so much better to use proper coffee. For breakfast? Really? That’s odd, though I would eat it for breakfast if it were forced upon me 🙂

  38. Smedette
    January 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations on your first year! I’m very happy to have found your blog; the recipes and writing are just wonderful.

    Here’s to another great year.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you’ve found it as well! I’m so happy that you enjoy it!

  39. thehealthyfitdiva
    January 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I love a good coffee cake. It was one of my favs as a kid. Toppings and icings make these cakes amazing. I love the sweet and salty combination. congrats on your anniversary

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I think it must be in my top three types of cake! Thanks! I do hope I’m around for many months or years to come.

  40. Bam's Kitchen
    January 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Love that coffee cake and looking forward to many more years of frugally delicious meals. BAM

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks! I hope I continue for that long – keep reading, that’s the best thing.

  41. Lesley
    January 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Congrats on one year with your blog! You are doing great and love the cake recipe 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks! I’ve really enjoyed my first year blogging.

  42. juliawatson
    January 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Congrats on your 1-year anniversary! Enjoy the cake, it looks delicious 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks! I did, it was wonderful even though dad ate 80% of it! Grr

  43. HealthyHomemade
    January 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Congratulations on your first year! That cake sounds so delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks! It was really nice, one of my favourite cakes.

  44. Can't live without....
    January 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Congrats!! That cake looks so unassuming and inviting.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks! As far as I know it has never assumed anything…

  45. 4plates2table
    January 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

    This cake looks great and congrats on your year of blogging!

  46. KatsHealthCorner
    January 30, 2012 at 2:53 am

    That cake is gorgeous! 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks, Kat! It didn’t last for long 🙂

  47. Tandy
    January 30, 2012 at 5:55 am

    HI, I am here visiting from the big fat noodle! Well done on your one year milestone.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Awesome. She has a wonderful blog, hasn’t she? Thanks for visiting!

  48. thecompletecookbook
    January 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Happy 1st Blogoversary!
    🙂 Mandy

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Mandy. I shall try and reach my next!

  49. cibusamare
    January 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    When I get back from uni it’ll be my dad’s birthday – perfect opportunity to try this out!

  50. Bluejellybeans
    January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Happy birthday FF!!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Blue. Thanks for following me all this time 😀

  51. Savory Simple
    January 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations on reaching a milestone! The cake looks divine.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks. I shall attempt to pass a few more as well!

  52. homemadeadventure
    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    congrats on one year! looking forward to more amazing recipes. i will have to try this cake out next time i have an occasion!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks. I shall try my hardest to live up to your high expectations!

  53. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    January 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    What a perfectly divine sounding cake…and congrats on your 1 year anniversary. I’ve really enjoyed reading for the last 6 months since I first “discovered” you. Cheers!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks! It was wonderful. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my blog so much.

  54. Rhubarb Whine
    January 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

    This looks so very good. I will give this a try, starting to get over the whole Christmas baking overlaod and it must be time to bake a cake 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks, Rhubarb. Oh yes, it’s definitely time :).

  55. Eva
    January 31, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Congratulations on the anniversary! What a lovely cake to celebrate! All nuts are pretty expensive in Canada!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks! Oh no! It’s really hard for me to make frugal recipe for everyone, unfortunately.

  56. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Happy first birthday for your great blog! I’ve just passed the 6-month line …

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks! I shall keep my eye out for you inevitable one year anniversary!

  57. Ragamuffin Diaries
    January 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    YUM! Looks like the perfect way to celebrate. Looks like you’ve got a great blog here; I’m looking forward to checking it out more!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Oh it was – one of my favourite ever cakes. I’m glad you like my blog!

  58. ElizOF
    February 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary… That cake looks divine. I’ll take a slice! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks! but I must insist that you keep your hands to yourself – it’s mine 🙂

  59. Purely.. Kay
    February 1, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Wow.. I thin this cake just made me hungry all over again tonight lol. This looks amazing.. never thought I’d want to eat a walnut cake but I would totally make this in a heartbeat

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      haha, it does that to me too! You must give it a try 🙂

  60. baconbiscuit212
    February 1, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I love the cake!

    And happy first anniversary of blogging. Here’s to many more!

  61. chefeye
    February 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    happy 1 year anniversary!

  62. Jereme's Kitchen
    February 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    congrats on the anniversary! which reminds me, mine should be coming up shortly too. luv reading your blog

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks! I look forward to your anniversary cake :). I’m glad you enjoy my ramblings.

  63. tammyheff
    February 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Belated congratulations! Many, many more e-years to you!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope I’m around for a long time to come 🙂

  64. lambyknits01
    February 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Congrats on your first year! The cake looks lovely 🙂

  65. cakeboule
    February 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Oh my goodness a wonderful cake – love the photogrpahs of it they really do set it off nicely (as we Brits say!) Congrats on making the year – here is to many more! I have another 5 months to go I think but did not really do much until a few months ago – God I guess I have to think of a bake for it now!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks! Indeed we do, though not too often. Yes, I expect a cake!

  66. Eggton
    February 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Congratulations! (Belatedly.) That is such a huge accomplishment. I’m 5 months in and it’s so much work (I mean, it’s awesome, don’t get me wrong), and I imagine it takes such intense dedication to reach a year of posting. It’s wonderful! Congratulations!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks! Really, I don’t see it as work – I enjoy it far too much. It has meant rather a lot of dedication though.

  67. CorkAndSpoon
    February 7, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Priceless is about right! Happy anniversary! Now how are you going to top this coffee cake on next year’s anniversary? 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      February 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Awww, thanks. I shall have to get my thinking cap on.

  68. Alex & Priya
    February 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

    looks amazing! we might have to recreate this sometime soon. happy one year 🙂

    Alex and Priya

  69. Matthew Vaughn
    February 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This cake looks gorgeous. I’m going to try it. Congratulations on your blog’s success!

  70. brookelindsey
    February 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I need to make this!

  71. cakeboule
    February 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Nothing wrong with that cafetiere! I quite like it. At least it’s used I can confess I have never used my choclatiere – I guess I ought to really just not sure how to do it?

    • frugalfeeding
      February 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      No, I do actually rather like it. Oh yes, use it… I’m not entirely sure either… Wikipedia?

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