52 Cookbooks #17: Coffee and walnut layer cake

I decided, at fairly short notice that our self-catering break would be made better by cake!  That meant I needed to have the ingredients, or be able to adapt them to match what I had. As luck would have it I had everything to make Nigella's coffee and walnut layer cake in her Kitchen cookbook.

And you can't beat a bit of Nigella!

I knew it'd be indulgent and would more than likely be a straightforward recipe too.  Which was good as I didn't have much time to make it either!  And I was right on both counts, phew.

I went onto a bit of auto-pilot and made the cake without prepping the tins.  And then when I dug them out of the cupboard I greased them but omitted to line the bases, which I only realised as I re-read the recipe as they came out of the oven. 

So keeping my fingers crossed I persuaded the sponges out of the tins - and I got lucky!  Both of them came out relatively easily and intact. I left it until the morning - yep, the morning that we were heading off - to make the buttercream as I thought it would be much easier to do in my own kitchen, with the food processor rather than in a holiday cottage kitchen!  A good move, although MOH took some convincing.  With the sponges and buttercream packed for travelling we were ready to go...

I'd taken my palette knife and spatula so I could assemble the cake when we got there and was comforted to read Nigella's advice on the buttercream, I didn't need to make it smooth and should apply it in a "comforting, swirly pattern". Great - I can do "snow-scene" icing with my eyes shut!

Left to right: would they come out? Phew, yes they did!

the icing sugar dust cloud & the assembled cake

The cake was assembled and decorated with walnut pieces (not halves) and tasted yum!  

The verdict:

  • It was yum and easy to make!
  • There was plenty of buttercream, I was pretty sure Nigella wouldn't scrimp on this!

But did it make our break better?!

Well, it certainly contributed to a great week away where we ate and drank way too much. That means for the next few weeks I'll be cooking healthier recipes as we're off away again in a few weeks and this time there might need to be a bikini involved!   

Hopefully these healthy recipes will be just as tasty.

I'm linking up with

Mary over at Keynko

so pop over there 

and see what everyone has cooked this week.