Espresso and walnut tray bake

(96 ratings)
Espresso walnut traybake
Espresso walnut traybake
  • Makes: 15

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (plus 10 mins cooling)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Forget school fetes and bake sales for the kids - this moist coffee and walnut cake is the perfect grown-up treat with a cuppa!


  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 100g packet walnut pieces
  • 175g (6oz) butter, softened
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 4tbsp cold, strong black coffee
For the topping:
  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 100g (3 oz) butter, softened
  • 2tbsp hot, strong black coffee
  • 15 walnut halves
  • 18 x 28cm (7 x 11in) tray bake tin, lined with baking parchment

Top tip: The uncut, undecorated cake may be frozen in a freezer bag for up to 1 month. Allow the cake to defrost before cutting and decorating it.


  1. Set the oven to 190C (gas mark 5). Tip the flour into the bowl of a food processor and add the walnut pieces. Whizz until walnuts are finely ground. Alternatively, finely chop the nuts and stir them into the flour.
  2. Tip flour into a bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and coffee. Beat until smooth, then spoon into the lined tin. Level the surface.
  3. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 mins, or until just firm to the touch in the centre. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the topping: Tip the icing sugar, butter and coffee into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Just before serving, cut the cold cake into squares. Spoon some of the topping on to each square and top with a halved walnut.
  6. Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 350(kcal)
  • Fat 22.0g
  • Saturates 11.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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First attempt at any cake for years and it didn’t rise, anybody know what I might have done wrong?


No, it's a basic Victoria sponge mix, must be yummie.


Will it matter if I leave out the walnuts? I would like to bake it to take to work, but we have someone with a nut-allergy.


This traybake comes out a treat! really lovely and moist, walnuts evenly distributed, and easy to make. Will definitely be making this again - soon!

christine Hutson

I found the cake rather bland, not enough sugar?, topping lovely.


Wow, this looks and sounds fab. Its my 6th Wedding anniversary this weekend and my husband loves coffee cake. All he ever wanted was for me to bake him one, i have tried seval timesand every one i make the batter has split so i gave up and he has never got his cake. This recipe looks really good and simple to make.I have the day off work friday so i think myself and our children will have a go at making him this as a surprize anniversary cake on saturday. Thank you for the lovely looking recipe. Laura x

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