coffee layer cake cut into on a white marble cake stand

Coffee Layer Cake

  • Author: Elizabeth I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: English


Soft and moist coffee flavored cake layers are filled with a layer of apricot jam and topped with gorgeous coffee buttercream and roasted walnuts. This English-style coffee cake is perfect any time of day, not just for afternoon tea! 



Coffee Cake

  • 375 Grams (3 Cups) All-Purpose Flour/ Plain Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 300 Grams (1 1/2 Cup) Granulated Sugar/ Caster Sugar
  • 6oz (3/4 Cup) Unsalted Butter, at room temp.
  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) Vegetable Oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Instant coffee (adjust amount to your preference less or more)
  • 1oz Hot water (more or less depending on how strong you want the coffee flavor)
  • 8oz (1 Cup) Buttermilk, at room temp.



Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F/ 180C and grease two 8-inch cake pans, set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl with a handheld mixer or your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter for 2 minutes, add the oil and mix for an additional minute. 
  4. Add the sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs.
  5. In a small cup or bowl add the coffee granulates and hot water- stir until coffee granulates have disappeared. Add to the wet ingredients. 
  6. Gently fold in half of the flour mixture, then half of the buttermilk then repeat with remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until you stick a toothpick in the center and only moist crumbs come out, no wet batter. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before inverting to cool completely. 


  1. Place one cake layer on a cake board or serving plate, spread about 4oz (1/2 Cup) of frosting on the cake, making the edges higher to create a frosting dam for the apricot jam. Spread jam within that frosting dam and place remaining cake layer on top bottom face up- this helps create a flat top. Spread frosting on the top layer and decorate with roasted walnuts. 



Keywords: coffee cake, english coffee cake, ake

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