As some of you may be aware the new series of the Great British Bake Off is back on our television screens.  I've always enjoyed watch...

As some of you may be aware the new series of the Great British Bake Off is back on our television screens. 

I've always enjoyed watching 'GBBO' and this year, as well as watching the TV series, I am going to be taking part in a blogger's version of the competition as well.

Each week we will attempt to create our own version of one of the bakes that has been featured on the show.

Week One (cake week) saw the bakers tackle Madeira Cake, Walnut Cake and Black Forest Gateau.  

For my challenge I decided to adapt the walnut cake and made a Coffee and Walnut cake with mascarpone frosting.

Original, hey?!


250g softened butter
100ml strong black coffee, cooled (make with 2 tbsp coffee granules)
280g self raising flour
250g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
85g walnuts (2tbsp roughly chopped and the rest finely chopped)

For The Frosting

100g Icing sugar (sieved)
150ml double cream
100g mascarpone cheese (room temperature)

This cake is created in a similar way to making a victoria sponge.  
Grease 2 cake tins (approximately 20cm round).  Set aside 1 tbsp of the cooled coffee to use in the frosting.

Combine the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, vanilla extract and half of the remaining coffee in a large bowl until lump free.
Fold the finely chopped walnuts into the mixture and then divide it between the two tins as evenly as possible.
Scatter the roughly chopped walnuts on top of one of the cakes and bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the cakes are golden brown, risen and a skewer comes out clean when poked in to the centre of the cake.

Drizzle the remaining coffee mixture over the cake that doesn't have the roughly chopped walnuts on top and then allow the cakes to cool in their tins.

While the cakes are cooling make the frosting by combining the icing sugar, double cream and mascarpone.  
Once combined, fold in the reserved tbsp of coffee. 

Spread the frosting over the plain cake and then place the walnut topped cake on top of the frosted cake. 

To finish your coffee and walnut cake dust the top of the cake with a little icing sugar.

I even made the cake live on Periscope.  

If you would like to see it being made - click HERE for the cake video and click HERE for the frosting video.

It's safe to say that this cake is a winner with my family.  In fact, I only baked it this morning and it has almost gone!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and I would love for you to share your results with me on Instagram or Twitter (@missy_b83) if you give the recipe a try.

Missy x

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