Sometimes I do feel I am taking the ‘let them eat cake’ motto a bit too literally. October is the month for many birthdays and there are in fact days, where there is more cake in the house than bread!
So this walnut cake was a special request by the brother, who said he craved a walnut cake that our mother made in our childhood days. My mother and I scratched our heads in utter confusion – we don’t ever recall doing this. But he was insistent. So of course I had to look into it – and scouring over my old cookbooks, I found nothing. I made up my own version of what a walnut cake should be like, and this is it! Ground walnuts, strong espresso, and a rich, but thin layer of espresso chocolate icing. Since it was a birthday cake I went ahead and made it into a double layer, but by all means, do it in one tin if you wish.
This walnut cake is a mixture of ground walnuts and flour, whipped in a fairly liquid batter. This is what makes for a light and airy cake, and the strong espresso is only mild in taste, but it makes up in balance in the espresso frosting, with dark melted chocolate. This is ideal with cup of cappuccino.
P.S. After a few bites, my brother said this wasn’t it, but it could have been a banana walnut loaf cake. So, be prepared for the one next!