Coffee and Walnut Cake

This cake was born from a bet with my Dad, that for his Birthday I could make his favourite cake (coffee and walnut) the ‘lotty loves’ way – totally refined sugar and gluten-free, yet still taste absolutely delicious! I won the bet of course and here is the result…

What you need:

FullSizeRender.jpg.jpegFOR THE CAKE

  • 3 tablespoons coffee granules mixed with 1 tabelspoon boiling water to form a paste
  • 300g ground almonds
  • 200g oat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 200g coconut sugar
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 300g full fat natural greek yoghurt (can use coconut yoghurt for dairy free)
  • 100ml melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

FOR THE ICING

  • 4 tabelspoons maple syrup
  • 1 tabelspoon coffee granules mixed with 1 teaspoon boiling water to form a paste
  • 200g pitted madjool dates
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut butter (can use coconut oil)
  • A sprinkling of chopped walnuts to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 180ยฐ/gas mark 5 and line a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together; the ground almonds, oat flour, baking powder, coconut sugar and chopped walnuts in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients with a spoon and then pour in the wet ingredients; 3 beaten eggs, the yoghurt, coconut oil, vanilla and the coffee mixture.
  4. Mix everything together well using a hand whisk and then spoon the mixture into the two tins equally and then spread evenly, before placing in the oven for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Whilst the cake is in the oven… make your icing by placing your maple syrup your coffee paste, pitted madjool dates and melted coconut butter in a blender and wizz up until you have a smooth gooey consistency.
  6. Once the time is up, take your two cake tins out of the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Once cooled, spread half of you icing mixture on top of one of your cakes, and then place the other cake on top of that to create a sandwich layer.
  8. Finally smooth the remaining half of the icing on top of the final cake and then decorate with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.
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