Hiya! (been a few years since I shifted from London, but somehow the habit of saying ‘hiya’ remains) … In case you’re wondering where I had disappeared off to, was away on holiday in Italy – a dream destination for foodies like myself .. To give you a short recap, breakfast every morning was a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth as the Italians are quite big on desserts for breakfast. Unfortunately I only made use of that on the last day, as otherwise I just can’t get myself to eat so much sweet in the morning!! But don’t you worry, I was far from being ‘good’ on holiday as their gelato ice cream was impossible to resist (and everywhere you turned around to look!) As for the pizza’s, not only was I impressed with the texture of their thin crust pizza’s, but in love with the square pizza’s they serve! The fact one can choose the size of their own pizza slice, meant being able to taste more flavours without going overboard … My absolute favourite had to be the ‘potato pizza’ (which we had at an amazing place called ‘Alice’) and the ‘chicken kebab pizza’ (which was at a Halal place I managed to forget the name of, but promise to google it later!). Booked a ‘food tour’ as well which involved a pizza making class in a wooden burner (it only takes 3 minutes to bake a pizza in that!) which was loads of fun, particularly watching Mr. Bakealogue make his very first pizza ❤ … Tasting different kinds of bread as well as cheese (omg, the variety!) was also part of the tour which was a learning experience. So that was the food side of things in a nutshell.. I’m actually laughing to myself right now, as I re-read the post and feel like I did nothing but eat in Italy .. haha! It would only be fair to mention, given the great weather there, we walked to most places making sure those calories were burnt! 😉 Obviously there is a lot more to Italy than just the food, but won’t touch on that, as it is a food blog after all. 🙂
Coming back to today’s dessert, baked a ‘Walnut Coffee Cake with Coffee Buttercream Icing’. Got the cake recipe from a book called ‘A World of Cakes’ that was gifted to me by a friend. However, I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste. The Coffee Buttercream Frosting is also entirely optional and was not mentioned as part of the original recipe. I personally thought it added a lot more flavour to the cake.
Ingredients for the cake:
All-Purpose Flour: 2 1/2 cups
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Packed Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 1 cup
Chopped Walnuts: 1 cup
Ingredients for the Coffee Buttercream Frosting:
Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 200 grams
Icing Sugar: 2 cups
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Coffee Powder: 1 tsp
Method for the cake:
Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and set aside a 9″ cake tin.
In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and oil.
In another bowl, sift and add the all purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well.
Add the walnuts and coconut until just combined.
Pour the batter in your greased cake tin, and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Method for the frosting (optional):
Using a stand-mixer, whisk the unsalted butter for approximately 5 minutes at high speed until it becomes pale and fluffy.
Add the icing sugar a little at a time and continue to whisk.
Mix the vanilla essence and coffee powder and add to the mixture.
Give the frosting one final whisk before adding to the piping bag.
Congratulations! Your Walnut Coffee Cake is ready to be enjoyed with a cuppa!