Coffee Walnut Layer Cake

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

from today's NY Times, this will be on the thanksgiving dessert table tomorrow.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter two 8-inch cake pans, and line base of each with parchment paper.
  3. In food processor, combine 1/2 cup walnut pieces and sugar.
  4. Process to a fine powder.
  5. Add butter, flour, baking powder and eggs.
  6. Process to a smooth batter.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons milk to coffee mixture and pour this down feed tube with motor running.
  8. Mixture should be just soft enough to drop from a spoon; if not, add more milk.
  9. Divide cake batter between two pans.
  10. Bake until risen and springy to touch, about 25 minutes.
  11. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and place on rack.
  12. Remove parchment paper.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. For frosting: Place confectioners' sugar in food processor and pulse until lump-free.
  15. Add butter and process until smooth.
  16. Add coffee mixture down feed tube and pulse until well blended.
  17. Place one cake upside down on a plate or cake stand.
  18. Spread with about half the frosting.
  19. Place second cake right side up on frosting, and cover top and sides in a swirly pattern.
  20. Place a walnut half in center of cake, and gently press remaining halves into top of cake, around the edge.


Most Helpful

this was like a small bit of heaven could have easily ate the whole thing

Miller03082005 January 15, 2006

This cake has a nice flavor and goes together easy. It was a little dense for our taste. I did add some additional milk to the batter and might should have added some more.

PaulaG January 02, 2005

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