I love this coffee and walnut cake. It’s a Delia Smith recipe, and I’ve made it many times as it always turns out gorgeous! If you can’t eat nuts, try substituting milk choc chips.
This year I have decided to make this cake for Easter and decorate it accordingly. I don’t often go in for cake decorating, mostly because I haven’t got that much of a sweet tooth, so icing doesn’t really appeal to me. However, Easter is a special occasion and the topping for this cake is coffee flavoured and contains crème fraiche, so it isn’t too sweet and is massively moreish (I struggled to resist eating it before icing the cake).
How to Decorate the Cake
The walnut halves are part of the recipe, but I have added a combination of milk and dark chocolate eggs, and a bunting banner.
The bunting banner is really easy to make! You will need:
- Printed paper (I downloaded some images in the right colourway and printed them myself)
- 2 kebab skewers
- String or thread
- Card (for template)
- Non-toxic glue
If your skewers are too long, break using your hands and then trim any splintery bits with scissors. Sand using sandpaper (or a nail file if you don’t do DIY!) and then clean to make sure there is no dust or splinters getting into your cake.
Make a diamond template and use it to draw outlines on your printed paper using a pencil. Cut out your paper and erase any pencil marks. Fold in half to make triangles, and trim the edges if they don’t quite match.
Once you have arranged the order of your bunting pieces, glue the paper and stick both sides together over the string (make sure there is enough to tie over both posts). Tie the string to the skewers. I used a little glue on the string to hold it in place – you don’t need much! You can trim the ends or wrap them around the skewers as I did and glue them at the bottom to secure.
Now all you need to do is arrange your walnuts and eggs on the cake, and push the skewers into the cake to hang your bunting.
Simple and effective!
This could easily be adapted to make banners for birthdays or other occasions. I used colours on the bunting to match my cake, but this could be a great way of adding colour to a kid’s cake without all those pesky e-number laden food colourings…