Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and Walnut Cake6Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet.

This recipe is one that is part of the revised edition of The Italian Baker by Carol Field which we are all baking from this month and next as part of The Cookbook Guru.  Whilst a large part of the book is devoted to bread there is a section of sweet treats in the back and I couldn’t resist giving this recipe a go.

The cake is quite simple to make and the results are impressive. Nothing fancy in terms of presentation but it doesn’t need it as the flavour of the ingredients is the focus and they truly sing together.  The texture of the cake was beautiful, soft and light and carries the walnuts well.  I know a number of people, in particular my Dad, that would love this cake if it was given to him with a cup of coffee for his afternoon tea.

Rustic Walnut and Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g white sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup strong espresso or 3 tbl sp instant coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat your oven to approx 180c.  Line and prepare your baking pan. I used a 20cm springform pan, or a loaf tin would work equally well.

Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Then add the eggs, one at a time until well combined.  In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking power and salt into a bowl.  Add in portions to the butter mixture, alternating with the espresso combined with the vanilla.

Separate approx 10 walnut pieces and chop very finely or gind in a grinder.  These will go on the cake before going into the oven.  For the remaining walnuts, chop finely and combine into the cake batter.

Spoon the batter into the baking tin and smooth out.  Sprinkle the ground walnuts on the top and then place into the oven to bake for approximately 40-50 mins.

Cool completely before serving with coffee.

Coffee and Walnut Cake5

Shared With Love,

Leah

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Leah says:

    Reblogged this on The Cookbook Guru and commented:

    Whilst a large portion of The Italian Baker by Carol Field is devoted to bread making and using yeast, there is some delicious baking gems to be found too. Here I’ve shared a beautiful Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake with you all on Sharing The Food We Love. Its a beautiful cake and simple to make.

    Happy Reading and Happy Baking,

    Leah

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  2. Francesca says:

    I love this cake. It is ‘molto italiano’- something you might expect from your Nonna.

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    1. Leah says:

      And its seriously delicious Francesca. I’ll definately be making it again 🙂

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  3. i love walnuts and coffee together. they are indeed a perfect match. i am always looking for a good recipe for a cake like this so i will have to make it soon!

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    1. Leah says:

      I hope you enjoy it Sherry, it’s a definite winner 🙂

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  4. ladyredspecs says:

    I think both your Mum and Dad both need a slice pronto! We love walnut & coffee together!

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    1. Leah says:

      Well there is a few slices in the freezer but I suspect they’ll be gone by the time you get here. I’ll make it a housewarming cake if you like 🙂 xxx

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      1. ladyredspecs says:

        Now that would be nice!

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  5. I couldn’t agree more about the combo of ingredients here – I’ll be printing this recipe especially because I have some walnuts in their shells waiting to be cracked!

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    1. Leah says:

      Oh wonderful, I’m sure fresh walnuts will take it to another level again. Enjoy 🙂

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  6. Lovely cake and the walnuts are so evenly spaced throughout. Must try this one. And, yes, perfect with a strong cup of coffee!

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    1. Leah says:

      Thanks Debi, the consistency of the batter was just right for the walnuts, it certainly wasn’t planned. A beautiful cake and quite simple to make 🙂

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  7. milkandbun says:

    Wow! That cakes sounds so tasty to me! and looks great! 🙂

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    1. Leah says:

      Thank you, it was quite simple to make and very delicious

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