Cake for my Grandad


There were two reasons for celebration today, one of them is officially first day of Autumn,but also it is my Grandad’s Birthday! Although, because of the distance, we couldn’t join him to share this occasion, I couldn’t resist to bake a cake in his honour. I chose a cake which, I think he would like. My Grandad doesn’t like anything fancy, he likes humble rustic food and flavours, and if it comes to bakes, he prefers the solid and buttery cakes , which go well with his gigantic and endless cups of coffee. So here it is, – a rustic looking cake, buttery, nutty and earthy with a dash of espresso in it.



For the cake:

200g butter, room temperature

200g sugar

3 eggs

200g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g any nuts you prefer, chopped (I used walnuts only)

50 ml espresso coffee

1-2 tablespoons brandy

For the topping:

50g plain flour

100g nuts, chopped

75g sugar

75g butter


1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Beat the butter and sugar until pale, add the eggs, one by one. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and  nuts in a separate bowl and add into the butter mixture, followed by shot of espresso and brandy. Stir until it well combined. Spread the mixture into the prepared (buttered and lined with the baking paper) tin. Set aside.

3. For the topping, mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture resembles a crumble. Spread all over the cake and place it in the oven. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until wooden stick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.


As a result, you’ll ended up with sort of marble effect cake with a dark coffee flavoured layer on the bottom and slightly pale version, coffee free layer on top.


Happy Birthday, Grandad! 😉 xxx


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