Coffee and Walnut Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tsp instant coffee
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs, large
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preparation:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Coat two cake pans with butter and flour them to keep the cakes from sticking.
2. Place 1/2 cup of the walnuts into your blender or food processor. Add 1 tbsp of the sugar and the instant coffee and whirl until the walnuts are finely ground.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and whisk them together until they`re blended.
4. Beat the softened butter in a separate bowl with a hand mixer until it is smooth.
5. Add the rest of the sugar into the creamed butter mixture a little bit at a time, beating it until it is fully aerated and fluffy.
6. Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture one at a time. When they are fully incorporated, beat in the egg yolk.
7. Add the finely ground walnut mixture and the vanilla to the butter, sugar and eggs and beat until they are well mixed.
8. Add one-third of the dry ingredients and mix well on low speed.
9. Add one-half of the buttermilk and mix well.
10. Add the second third of the dry ingredients, the remaining half of the buttermilk and the rest of the dry ingredients, mixing each addition well.
11. Fold in the half of walnuts that did not go in the blender and divide the batter into the two pans. Bake them for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
12. Let the cakes sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then turn them out of their pans onto a cooling rack while you make the coffee cream.

Coffee Cream

5 tsp instant coffee
2 tbsp water
1 cup whipping cream, chilled
1/2 cup mascarpone
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup confectioner`s sugar

Dissolve the instant coffee in the water, add the rest of the ingredients and whip gently until they are well-blended and creamy.

Place half of the filling in between the two layers of cake and the rest on top. Garnish with walnuts and chill for at least an hour.

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