Monday, 3 February 2014

Coffee Cake with Meringue

This is a twist on a classic coffee and walnut cake. It has a coffee meringue top and a drizzle of coffee icing and is definitely one for coffee lovers. I used Camp Coffee essence in the cake and filling which really added to the coffee flavour. It's a recipe that I've adapted slightly from BBC Good Food. My colleague's reaction to this cake was "I've died and gone to heaven and I won't be coming back!" It's a really good way of using up leftover egg whites which I had plenty of as I made a lot of custard recently for an upcoming post.

 adding coffee and walnuts to the meringue 

 adding some walnuts to the cake batter 

 meringue topped cake, normal cake 

 place  1 cake on a cake board/serving plate 

 add the coffee filling 

 place the meringue topped cake on top and drizzle with coffee icing 


Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food 

For the cake
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
75 walnuts
2 tablespoon coffee essence 
2 teaspoon coffee mixture

For the meringue topping
2 egg whites
100g caster sugar
3 tsp instant coffee granules mixed with 3 tablespoon boiling water (coffee mixture)
25g chopped walnuts
For the filling
100g butter
200g icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon coffee essence 
1 teaspoon coffee mixture 

For the drizzle icing
3 -6  tbsp icing sugar depending on consistency
Coffee mixture 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  • Grease and line 2  20cm sandwich tins.
  • Firstly make the meringue by whisking the egg whites until stiff.
  • Gradually add in the sugar and continue whisking.
  • Make the coffee mixture by dissolving 3 teaspoons of instant coffee granules in 3 tablespoon of boiling water.
  • Gently fold in walnuts and 1 teaspoon of coffee mixture into the meringue. Set aside.
  • Next make the cake mixture by creaming butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. 
  • Add in the eggs then fold in the flour and baking powder.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coffee mixture and 2 tablespoons of coffee essence. 
  • Gently fold in the nuts. 
  • Divide the cake mixture between the 2 tins, putting more mixture in one than the other.
  • Spread the meringue on top of the tin containing less cake mixture.
  • Bake the plain sponge for 20-22 mins until it is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Continue baking the meringue topped sponge for a further 40-42 minutes.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely in their tins. 
  • Now make the coffee filling by beating butter and icing sugar together until smooth. Gradually add in the coffee essence and coffee mixture. 
  • Place the plain cake on a cake board or serving tray. Spread the coffee filling evenly and then gently place the meringue topped cake on top.
  • Add 3-6 tablespoons of icing sugar to the remaining coffee mixture and stir to mix well (you may need more icing sugar depending on consistency) 
  • Drizzle the icing over the top. 


  1. This looks amazing! Love coffee and meringue!

  2. Love coffee, never tried it with a meringue before, looks fab x

    1. This is my first time making a meringue cake and I'm sure it won't be my last.


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