Black Coffee Cake

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250g pack softened butter

100ml strong black coffee, cooled

280g self-raising flour

250g golden caster sugar

½ tsp baking powder

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

85g walnuts, 2 tbsp roughly chopped, the rest finely chopped

100g icing sugar, sifted

150ml double cream

100g mascarpone


1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter 2 x 20cm round cake tins and line with baking parchment. Set aside 1 tbsp of the coffee for the filling.

2. Beat the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, vanilla and half the remaining coffee in a large bowl with an electric whisk until lump-free. Fold in the finely chopped walnuts, then divide between the tins and roughly spread.

3. Scatter the roughly chopped walnuts over one of the cakes. Bake the cakes for 25-30 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer poked in comes out clean. Drizzle the plain cake with the remaining coffee. Cool the cakes in the tins.

4. Meanwhile, make the filling: beat together the icing sugar, cream and mascarpone, then fold in the reserved 2 tbsp coffee. Spread over the plain cake, then cover with the walnut-topped cake and dust with a little icing sugar.

Bon Appetit!

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