Coffee Walnut Cake

Coffee walnut cake is for the lovers of coffee, walnuts and cake. But it’s also perfect for those cake lovers who are calorie counting as it’s low in fat and calories too!

Low in fat and calories. Combine all three of these ingredients into this deliciously moist coffee walnut cake heaven.

This coffee walnut cake recipe has been on my planning board for a while now.

You see, I love coffee, I love walnuts and I love cake. So, I’m glad I’ve finally managed to combine these three things I love into this deliciously moist coffee walnut cake heaven and I really hope that you like it too. 😀

It’s been a few weeks since the end of the Christmas festivities and over indulgence is definitely being given a stern talking to as we see diets plastered all over the media. You know I’m not one for diets. Lynne and I follow the 80:20 rule as much as possible, and we believe that as long as we’re doing this, there’s always time for a little cake.

And, this coffee walnut cake is THE cake to go with your morning coffee. But, non-coffee lovers do not fret! Lynne is not a coffee lover and yet she liked this cake!

A deliciously moist, nutty textured cake with just a hint of coffee. Loved by coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike.

Also ideal for entertaining or just as a little pick-me-up slice with your elevenses during these cold winters days, this coffee walnut cake tray bake is a simple happy bake. 🙂

A deliciously moist, nutty textured cake with just a hint of coffee. This coffee walnut cake is loved by coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike.

Does anyone else procrastinate over the name of a recipe?

To be honest I was going to call this “Americano Cake” after my preferred coffee choice.

But, after thinking about it long enough, I just thought it was best to be simple, and settled with coffee walnut cake. 😮

5 from 2 votes
Low in fat and calories. Combine all three of these ingredients into this deliciously moist coffee walnut cake heaven.
Coffee Walnut Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
A deliciously moist nutty textured cake with just a hint of coffee. Loved by coffee lovers and non- lovers alike.
Course: Home Baking
Servings: 12
Calories: 216 kcal
For the cake:-
  • Low fat cooking spray
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 175 g light brown soft sugar
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp heaped . instant coffee dissolved in 3 tbsp. hot water
  • 6 tbsp 0% fat yogurt
  • 2 egg whites
For the coffee icing topping:-
  • 2 tsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water
  • 100 g icing sugar sieved
  • 4 pieces or 5 whole walnuts snapped into for topping
To make the cake:-
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170C Fan and spray an 18cm (7 inch) square cake tin evenly with the low fat cooking spray. Then line the tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sieve the bicarbonate of soda and self-raising flour into a large bowl. Then stir in the sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla essence, chopped walnuts, coffee mixture and yogurt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks and then gently fold them into the cake mixture.
  4. Spoon the cake mixture into the cake tin using the back of a warm spoon to level the surface flat.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 – 35 minutes in the centre of the oven. Check the cake is cooked through by inserting a skewer into the centre and ensure it comes out clean. Remove from oven.
  6. Allow the cake to rest in the tin for a couple of minutes and then turn out the cake onto a wire cooking rack, remove the greaseproof paper and allow to cool completely.
To make the coffee icing topping:-
  1. Thoroughly mix together the coffee and water mixture with the sieved icing in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Spread the coffee icing mixture evenly over the surface of the cake.
  3. Decorate the top with the snapped walnut pieces and once the icing has set cut the cut into 12 slices.

Nutrition Facts
Coffee Walnut Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Cholesterol 0.9mg 0%
Sodium 109.1mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 35.4g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 23.3g
Protein 2.6g 5%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A deliciously moist, nutty textured cake with just a hint of coffee. This coffee walnut cake is loved by coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike.

Anyway, I just was wondering. What’s your favourite little treat with your chosen cuppa?

Perhaps you might want to check out my other home baking recipes to see what might also go nicely with your chosen cuppa?

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  1. I think I should procrastinate more over the names of some of my recipes!
    Neil – I cannot get over this coffee icing – wow – I would never have thought that coffee and icing sugar resulted in something that looked so phenomenal – good gosh – this is one of those times I so wish I had a scratch and taste monitor!

    • says:

      You know Shashi, I actually made the cake 3 times first, trying various different toppings and I just wasn’t happy. Nothing seemed to be right.

      Then I chucked some coffee and hot water in with some icing sugar and boof! It was like a eureka moment!

  2. HOLY BALLS. Walnuts are not my first choice for nuts (dirty mind dirty mind make it stoppppp).
    But I have to say, this is a beautiful cake, and it looks amazing. That caramel color! I’m an Americano girl as well, or black coffee (though I drink mostly decaf). So basically what I am say is that we should have a run, cake, and coffee. I won’t talk to you until the cake and coffee, I promise.
    My recipe for tomorrow is totally late in the season. But I don’t care–if a recipe is good, it is good whenever, thank you.

    • says:

      As long as we are talking food when you mention nuts, that’s fine with me 😉

      Looking forward to your recipe tomorrow!

  3. Remember those Hostess Coffee Cakes? I am sure they’re still around but man, when I was little I used to pound boxes of those in my mouth without even blinking an EYE!!

    • says:

      Yes I do remember those Hostess Coffee Cakes. I was a huge fan of those too!

      Maybe the memory of them caused me to produce these. 🙂

  4. I am making this cake as we speak and I just realized it doesn’t actually say how many egg whites to use. I put two in, so hopefully it turns out. Looks good though!

    • says:

      Hi Laura, thank you so much for pointing out the missing egg whites in the recipe ingredients. Now corrected! 🙂

      Two are correct. I hope you enjoyed the cake! 😀

  5. I just made this and is was delicious! Thank you so much

  6. Made this with my little girl. Very moist. Lovely. Easy too.
    I would like a stronger taste of coffee ,????. Any similar variations of sponge cake please? ????

    • says:

      Thankyou Claire glad you enjoyed this! Hope to work on more sponge cakes in future. Keep coming back! ????

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