My Gran’s Coffee And Walnut Cake

This is a special recipe for me because it is my Gran’s coffee and walnut loaf cake. I think she made it up of various recipes but she always added milk to her cakes and so I have kind of kept the tradition too! I found the recipe amongst my recipe cards and just had to bake it! I love the fact that I still have the ingredients written in her handwriting! She used to make this most weeks and she was a very good baker. She always taught me to never overmix your cakes and she always made her bakes without electrical equipment. For this recipe, I have done the same and I think the result is a lighter and more delicate cake. I will definitely be baking more with the wooden spoon method in future as opposed to an electric whisk!



175g butter

175g caster sugar

3 eggs beaten

1 tbsp. milk

1 tbsp. coffee essence

225g self-raising flour

75g roughly chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 180oC and grease a loaf tin.

Cream together the butter and sugar. You can do this by hand or use an electric whisk. For me, nothing is more satisfying than using a wooden spoon as you can control the mixing so you don’t get that overworked cake mix!

Coat the chopped walnuts in a little of the flour. This helps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.

Add the other ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar, except for the walnuts. Use a figure of 8 with your wooden spoon to fold in the ingredients until they all combine. The trick is not to over whisk! Then fold in the walnuts carefully, trying not to knock any air out.

Transfer the cake mix into the greased loaf tin and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean from the cake. It should also feel bouncy to touch.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wired rack to cool completely.


Happy baking! I hope you enjoy the recipe. It is really great to have a slice of this beautiful cake with a good cup of tea!




  1. 25th January 2017 / 12:26 pm

    It’s very sweet of you to share your gran’s specialty recipe! The cake looks great 🙂

    • 25th January 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Aww thanks! She was a great baker!

  2. 25th January 2017 / 10:52 pm

    This looks really good right now – I’m hungry, haha! ??

    • 26th January 2017 / 10:40 am

      Haha thanks! Definitely recommend baking it. I also prefer cakes without frosting sometimes and this is less messy to eat!

      • 26th January 2017 / 1:12 pm

        I make banana walnut cake & it looks just like the one you baked & tastes as amazing – you should def try it sometimes. ?

      • 26th January 2017 / 6:01 pm

        Banana and walnut sounds really yummy! Will have to try it! I also think pecans would go really well!

  3. 30th January 2017 / 7:57 pm

    This sounds so yummy and I love that you still have your grandma’s original recipe, that’s so sweet! ☺️ xxx

    • 31st January 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks! Hehe made me smile when I found the recipe. Hopefully she approves of the blog post! xxx

  4. 7th February 2017 / 5:24 pm

    That cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Deff going to have to try it out! 🙂

    • 8th February 2017 / 11:00 am

      Aww thank you! Let me know if you do recreate it! It is lovely with a cup of tea! ?

  5. 17th February 2017 / 12:13 pm

    It looks delicious and the photos are beautiful… I”m saving the recipe! 🙂

    • 17th February 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Aww glad you like it! The orchid in the photos is fake haha but I love using it in photos and it looks so realistic! (I’m not very good at keeping real plants alive!) The cake is also less messy to eat than a cupcake! ? ?

      • 17th February 2017 / 1:13 pm

        I have an orchid at home and it never makes flowers… Maybe I should get a fake one too! The cake really looks good, I might try it when I have my in-laws over for tea next week! 🙂

      • 17th February 2017 / 2:03 pm

        Ooh, let me know if you bake it! Sounds perfect for the in-laws! Haha, I’d definitely recommend a fake orchid. I have even managed to kill a cactus so I’ve not got the greenest fingers!

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