PUBLISHED ON: 6 April 2018

Gather your friends together for this scrumptious vegan coffee and walnut cake by blogger Romy, made exclusively for Breast Cancer Care's Afternoon Tea. Have your own tea this July and get your free Afternoon Tea kit today.  

Coffee and walnut cake

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

  • 300g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 50g walnuts, plus more for decoration

  • 4 tablespoons coffee - either instant coffee in hot water, or cold brew

  • 200 ml soy milk

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 120 ml rapeseed oil

  • Coconut oil for the baking dish

For the icing:
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoon soy milk

  • 1-2 tablespoon chai tea (soaked in the fridge over night)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence


  1.  Mix the flaxseeds with the hot water and set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon, then add in a handful of walnuts, leaving some nuts left over for the cake decoration at the end.

  3. In a large jug blend the coffee and soy milk with the maple syrup, then add the rapeseed oil.

  4. Once combined, add the flaxseed-mixture to the flour-mix and slowly add the liquids whilst stirring with a spatula.

  5. Oil a baking tin (I used a round one!) with coconut oil and add the mixture to the tin. I prefer not to use baking paper for my cakes, as it gets easily stuck on the cake and ruins it. Instead I prefer oiling the tins and then lightly dusting with a little flour.

  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.

For the icing:

  1. Add 2 cups of icing sugar to a bowl, then slowly add the chai tea and vanilla essence whilst stirring with a fork.
  2. Add in a little soy milk until the mix is smooth, but thick. If it gets too runny, add more icing sugar. The consistency is supposed to be thick, but not crumbly.
  3. Add the icing onto the cold cake and transfer to the fridge to set.

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Romy is a vegan chef and runs her own blog, RomyLondonUK.