Coffee and pecan cake

I never thought of myself as a matchmaker, but here I am celebrating the union of 2 recipes : Lorraine Pascal’s coffee and walnut cake with Nopi’s coffee and pecan financiers. It is a promising marriage in my opinion, offering you the best of both worlds : Lorraine’s strong suits being the use of standard ingredients and Nopi’s the lighter Chantilly cream.


For the sponge

  • 175 g very soft butter plus extra for greasing
  • 100g pecan nuts
  • 200g flour
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • coffee shots

For the coffee Chantilly

  • 500 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 75g light brown sugar
  • coffee shots


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees ( 350 F)
  2. Bake the pecan nuts for about 15 mins – keep an eye on the oven to make sure they’re just taking a bit of color.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Then, add the butter ( melted ), eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. For the coffee, I’ve played it by ear, and added 1 shot of our Nespresso machine coffee. You can make it stronger if you wish. With 1 shot, the flavor is present but not overwhelming, and as we have a toddler I needed to keep it light. Add the coffee to the mix.
  5. Chop thinly the pecan nuts and add to the mix. Then pour the mix in a greased baking tin, and bake for about 40 minutes. Again, I always keep an eye on the baking as timing will depend on the size of your tin. The narrower, the longer.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the coffee Chantilly : whisk the whipping cream with the sugar and another shot of coffee, until firm. Set aside in the fridge so that it keep it’s consistency.
  7. Once the cake is baked you can either split it in half ( I did not because my tin is narrow and deep), let it cool a little and spread a layer of Chantilly in the middle. If your cake is not that thick, you can simply enjoy with a spoon of coffee Chantilly on the side.

The result was praised by our own little panel of tasters made of one coffee addict, a pregnant woman and a toddler. I believe we can conclude this marriage is promising and is likely to have wide offspring.