Walnut layer cake

    2 hours 40 min

    Stunning and very tasty cake for grown ups. It doesn't contain any flour and it's actually quite easy to make. I called it a layer cake but it's actually only 2 layers... We have to bake a cake first and cool it down. Then prepare the cream we put inside in-between the layers and cool it again in the fridge - well, I prefer it that way :) The only picture i have is when I've made it for Easter... enjoy!


    Surrey, England, UK
    8 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 8 eggs, separated
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 250g ground walnuts
    • 50g breadcrumbs
    • 160g butter
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 150g icing sugar
    • 90g margarine
    • 50ml very strong coffee or cocoa - use instant and dissolve 2 teaspoons to 50ml of water

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. Mix 8 egg yolks and with 250g of sugar until pale.
    2. Mix together the ground walnuts and breadcrumbs, then add to the beaten yolk mixture.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Beat the egg whites as for meringue. Make sure the egg whites are done properly as there are no raising agents in this cake at all. The egg whites are going to give it a bit of fluffiness :)
    5. Fold in the whites into the walnut mixture. Do it slowly allowing as much air as possible.
    6. Put the mixture into a cake tin (round 25-30cm or square 25cm). Bake for 70 minutes.
    7. Take the cake out and leave it to cool.
    8. When the cake is cooled cut it in half making 2 layers.
    9. Mix icing sugar with 2 egg yolks till pale. Add margarine.
    10. Add coffee (or whatever liquid you choose) and mix it all together. Make sure the coffee is cold so it doesn't melt the butter.
    11. Spread the icing over one of the layers and cover with the other layer. Use only 2/3 of the cream. What is left use to spread all over the whole cake on top and on the sides.
    12. You can decorate the cake as you wish. ENJOY!!!

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    Followed method to letter cake in oven and realised the butter was still on counter!! It is not mentioned in the method!!! But it still turned out really nice and easy to do. Filling/topping is lovely  -  31 Mar 2012


     -  07 Sep 2010