Coffee and walnut cake with cardamom recipe

Another perfect pairing that’s never out of fashion. The cardamom adds an extra zing to this all -round classic. It takes a bit of time to prepare but will be a wonderful addition to your Coffee Morning spread.
A two layered coffee, walnut and cardamom cake is on a glass cat stand. The cake is topped with caramel coloured frosting and crushed walnuts. Next to the stand is a white plate with a silver fork on it.

Key information

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8

Recipe difficulty rating: Medium

Allergens: Remember to provide a list of potential allergens for each item served at your Coffee Morning event so people can clearly see what ingredients they contain. You can use our cake labels, but make sure you write clearly in block capitals and black ink.


Cake mix

2 x 20cm non stick sandwich tins lined with baking parchment

200g unsalted butter, softened

200g soft brown sugar

3 large free range eggs at room temp, beaten

200g self-raising flour

100g walnuts, toasted and finely ground

2 tbsp ground coffee

Pinch salt

1 tbsp milk

Cardamom syrup

100g caster sugar

100ml water

1/4 tsp ground white cardamom

Coffee buttercream

185g unsalted butter, softened

300g icing sugar, sifted

1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 2 tsp boiling water

Walnut halves or pieces to decorate

How to prepare coffee, walnut and cardamom cake