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Italian Coffee Cake

This Italian Coffee Cake is super easy and full of amazing flavors of coffee, walnut and Amaretto liqueur!

brown cake with white frosting and walnuts sprinkled on top.

 I am busy in the kitchen making my cannoli cake recipe for a special birthday but I wanted something for dessert that was easy and delicious. This Italian Coffee Cake is perfect.

Most of the ingredients are simple and you can purchase them at the supermarket. If you don’t have Amaretto liqueur, you can use a rum or substitute with espresso coffee that has been cooled.

If you are looking for some more sweets to serve, be sure to make my delicious Chocolate Puff Pastry and espresso brownies to go along with this recipe.

If you love this Italian Coffee Cake, be sure to try my Italian Rum Cake!

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brown cake with white frosting and walnuts sprinkled on top.

Italian Coffee Cake Recipe

This is a wonderful cake with delicious flavors of coffee, walnut and Amaretto liqueur topped with easy frosting of sweetened mascarpone cheese.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings:10 people
Author: Marcellina


  • 1 cup (100grams) walnuts
  • ¼ cup (20grams) ground espresso coffee
  • cup (150 grams) butter
  • ¾ cup (165 grams) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (60mls) Amaretto liqueur
  • ¾ cup (110g) self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur extra
  • 1 cup (225 grams) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar icing sugar
  • extra walnuts and/or coffee beans to decorate


  • Heat the oven 350°F/180°C. Grease a 8 inch (20cm) round pan and line the base with non stick parchment paper.
  • In a food processor grind the walnuts and the coffee until finely ground.
  • Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the Amaretto. Mix in the walnut and coffee mixture. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Spoon into prepare pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and drizzle over 1 tablespoon Amaretto. Cool in pan. When cool remove from pan and place on serving plate. Mix remaining Amaretto with mascarpone and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the cake. Decorate as desired. Chill the cake for 30 minutes before serving.
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Nutritional Estimate Per Serving

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. What a great cake. It sounds delicious with the walnuts and amaretto! I'm so glad to find your blog and will be following for more great recipes!

  2. Another Happy New Year to you after seeing this luscious cake! Amaretto always catches my eye and tastebuds when there's a cake that contains it. I don't drink, but the flavor it lends is more 'almondy' than pure almonds. Love it paired with the mascarpone for the topping! Very beautiful!

  3. Sounds so delicious! I love mascarpone and with the addition of amaretto and coffee I start thinking about tiramisu 😀 This must be really very good & tasty 🙂