Walnut Mocha Torte


Walnut Mocha Torte - Fab Food 4 All

I was listening to a lovely radio interview with my favourite food writer, Nigel Slater the other day where he said his favourite cake was Coffee & Walnut. On telling my daughter she said she loved this cake too – I don’t where she’s had it as I have never made it not being a coffee fan! Anyway I think the subliminal message stuck in my head when I wanted to come up with a cake to celebrate Chocolate Week. I decided to come up with a show stopper cake with walnuts, chocolate and coffee and based it on a smaller hazelnut torte my mother used to make. This Walnut Mocha Torte is a feast of flavours and textures with a crispy, meringue like outer shell to the cake layers which on their flip side are nutty and chewy. The coffee acts to bring out the full intensity of the cocoa and is not a predominant flavour although you could add more if you wanted to! As walnuts are so good for you I think some guilt can be traded off when eating this decadent torte! Did you know that compared to many other nuts like almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts, walnuts (especially in their raw form) contain the highest total level of antioxidants?

It was so funny the day I made this torte my daughter talked about it to her dad all the way home from school as she knew I was baking and had helped me shopping for the ingredients. Once home she stormed into the kitchen and demanded to know if anyone had eaten any torte yet. I told her I’d just cut a slice which was waiting in the fridge for her. You’ve never seen a coat and bag shed so quickly and a cake fork and plate retrieved from the fridge! Her eyes were like saucers when I asked her how it was – all she could say was that she was speechless while she continued to eat.

Walnut Mocha Torte - Fab Food 4 All

Next my son came through the door and he asked what I’d been baking. I told him and he said he wasn’t keen on cream so I cut him a slim slither. Five minutes later he’d helped himself to another slice! On finishing her torte my daughter gave it a million out of 10 and my son said it was the best thing I’d ever made. Needless to say my husband loved it and as my parents had popped round I gave them a portion to take away and they loved it too. In fact my husband is insisting I make this at Christmas now, so that’s one less dish to decide on!

Walnut Mocha Torte
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Walnut Mocha Torte with whipped cream and mocha frosting is a feast for the eyes and the palette! Great for entertaining.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 225g Castor sugar
  • 135g Ground walnuts
  • 400 mls Whipping cream
  • Mocha Frosting:
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 50g Unsalted butter
  • 50g Cocoa powder
  • 1tsp Instant coffee diluted in 1tsp hot water
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • Decoration:
  • Walnut halves
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with baking paper.
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Fold in the ground walnuts.
  5. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins (weighing is a good idea).
  6. Bake for 24 minutes until golden.
  7. Allow to cool in the tins before putting on cooling rack and removing paper. The top will be like meringue and the base will be more nutty and chewy.
  8. Whip the cream until forms soft peaks (a hand whisk is best to avoid over whipping).
  9. Sandwich the 2 layers of torte together leaving enough cream for decoration.
  10. Put milk and butter in a saucepan and heat until boiling then tip in the cocoa and simmer for 30 seconds.
  11. Add the dissolved coffee and beat in the icing sugar gradually. If it goes grainy just add another tsp of hot water and beat well.
  12. Spread the frosting on top of the cake, spreading out with a palette knife.
  13. Pipe on the rest of the cream and decorate with walnut halves.

This Walnut Mocha Torte previously appeared on Great British Chefs.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    This would be good for my Christmas dessert I am not such a huge fan of the regular stuff so am on the look out for something a bit different if you have any suggestions

    1. Camilla

      Danish Rice Pudding Risalamande is what I grew up on: https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/risalamande-cherry-sauce/

  2. William Gould

    I love walnut cake, so this must be really good!

    1. Camilla

      It is the best gateux ever – something for a special occassion:-)

  3. Maddy

    Could this be made without the coffee? Would you suggest any substitute or just leave it out?

    1. Camilla

      I hate coffee and never drink the stuff but it just intensifies the chocolate flavour here and if a favourite dessert of my daughter’s. If you really don’t like it then just leave it out!

  4. Paul Wilson

    Walnuts are very healthy, and quite under-used imo.

  5. Ann Robinson

    This looks great and i could do with a slice now

  6. Paul Wilson

    Load of filling, my favourite

  7. bev

    Another delicious looking dish!

  8. Geoff Clark

    Yummy pud, just what I want!

  9. Heather Haigh

    What an elegant looking cake.

  10. Ursula Hunt

    Tried this with Pecans instead of walnuts and it was lovely

    1. Camilla

      I love Pecans, that’s great to know Ursula:-)

  11. Tracy Nixon

    Great thank you for sharing! I have shared too x

  12. Maya Russell

    Mmmm, nutty, creamy, chocolaty with a bit of coffee – a lovely cake for grown-ups!

    1. Camilla

      My kids loved this too, my 10 yr old daughter has a thing for coffee in cakes!

  13. K Mayers

    At first this struck me as a bit odd but having read through it, I’ll be happy to try it as everything seems ideal together. Thank you for this 🙂

  14. Tracy Nixon

    I have given this recipe to my mum – she always bakes me a birthday cake of my choice and this is the one for 2014! ( I had bookmarked this for Christmas but cannot wait another 11+ months!)

    1. Camilla

      You won’t be disappointed:-)

  15. Ursula Hunt

    I was just looking for a walnut and coffee cake when I remembered this one, think I will do this instead

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, you won’t be disappointed:-)

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Was looking for a walnut and coffee cake but think i will give this a try

    1. Camilla

      You won’t be disappointed. Think I’m going to make the bases before Christmas and then freeze for Boxing Day:-)

  17. mandalouise

    This looks so yummy,wish my cakes looked like that

  18. Tracy Nixon

    Bookmarked for Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      I don’t blame you, would be a great treat for Christmas:-)

  19. Lisa Williams

    this looks absolutly stunning really amazing and I have to admit I am drooling a little 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, my daughter is still pining for another one:-)

  20. Sue Stevenson

    Looks too nice to slice!! A little too much dairy in that one for me;

  21. faye huntington

    this would be incredible for boxing day dessert!! with love, faye xx

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, my daughter even requested I make this again the other day but I think I’ll leave it til Christmas, it’s very naughty:-)

  22. Jill Mann

    Looks really yummy – I’m going to make it for this month’s staff meeting x

    1. Camilla

      Not sure you’ll get much work done then, my daughter was rendered speachless whilst eating hers:-)

  23. Annie Costa

    I can imagine myself eating a big slice of this with a cup of tea at hand.Looks divine!

  24. Daisybeebee

    This looks amazing, in my must try book now.

    1. Camilla

      It is, you won’t regret it:-)

  25. Jane Brown

    Looks amazing, although I must admit I am also drawn to the flying pumpkin!

  26. Mrs T

    Looks amazing – must try!

  27. Mrs T

    Looks amazing – must try it.

  28. Ursula Hunt

    Giving this a go this afternoon hope it ends up looking as nice as yours

    1. Camilla

      Good luck, do let me know how you get on:-)

  29. Denise

    A friend of mine just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. (also a blog) A combo of food and celebrity. I’m so glad when people share blogs. Denise

    1. Camilla

      That’s lovely to hear:-)

  30. Heather Haigh

    Wow, that looks good.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)


    Now Camilla you have outdone yourself! That looks scrumptious! I love anything with coffee in – mmmmm!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, you’re very kind Danielle, thank you:-)

    2. Camilla

      Aww thanks Danielle, you’re very kind:-)

  32. carol egan

    This looks absolutely delicious – I’m drooling just looking at it!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much, it was certainly drool enducing:-)

  33. Alida

    This cake is simply fab! I love the presentation and it must be delicious too! Well done you!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Alida, so kind:-)

  34. Alida

    This cake is simply fabulous!It must be ever so delicious! I love the presentation too!

  35. Ursula Hunt

    looks delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ursula:-)

  36. Beth Young

    This looks wonderfully moist! Can’t think of anything better than chocolate coffee and walnut in a cake!

    1. Camilla

      Nor can I now:-)

  37. prwilson

    I’d say that qualifies as a shopstopper.

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