Forget what you think you know about dry, crumbly coffee cake. I’m about to blow your mind with this black walnut coffee cake recipe.
Throughout my entire life, if our family went on vacation, my mom made two things: what she calls her “travel brownies” – and this decadent black walnut coffee cake. It’s a family favorite and I’m so excited to share it with you! Now, if you’ve never had black walnut extract before, you’re in for a serious treat. It’s a tough ingredient to find in-store, but my sister discovered an awesome online option that will last for years (especially if you’re only using it for special occasion foods such as this). Sure, you can make this recipe without the black walnut extract, but I will say that it makes a big difference in the flavor! To have the ultimate experience, you’ll want that sweet and smoky key ingredient.
When my husband and I met, I realized for the first time that a lot of people associate coffee cake with being very dry and crumbly. That is not the case with this one! It could be the copious amounts of butter (this is definitely not a healthy treat, by any means) but let me tell you, it is dense and moist and utterly divine. It’s about the only coffee cake that he will eat – and when I made it for this particular blog post, he helped himself to two pieces right out of the oven!
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This treat can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert!
Once you’ve poured yourself a steaming hot cup of coffee (or spiced mocha), slice a piece of the coffee cake and take a moment to yourself to just indulge in the rich sweetness and appreciate life a little bit more.
Black Walnut Coffee Cake
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp black walnut extract
- 1 cup milk (regular or non-dairy)
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup walnuts finely chopped
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Grease a 9×13 pan
- In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar
- Add three eggs (one at a time) mixing after each
- Add both of the extracts and mix thoroughly
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt
- To the egg/sugar mixture, alternately add the cup of milk and the flour mixture
- Pour half the batter into 9×13 pan
- Combine topping ingredients
- Sprinkle half of the topping mixture over batter
- Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over top and spread evenly
- Sprinkle the remaining topping mixture on top and drizzle with melted butter
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean
- Allow to cool
- When cool, top with glaze in a criss-cross manner
This looks absolutely delicious and would be so good with my coffee right now! Thanks for sharing 🙂
This looks delicious! I love coffee cake, so I will definitely try this recipe the next time I bake. Thanks for sharing!
You had me at the title of your blog – but swooned me with this recipe!
This looks so yummy! Definitely going to try and make this!
Great post! I love how you’ve put here that it’s possible to use non-dairy alternatives, thank you for sharing x
Wow, this looks delicious! I definitely need to give this a go sometime. The pictures are stunning too x
This looks so yummy!
This looks so tasty!!! I’ve been meaning to get back into baking lately and I’ve been needing some fancy new recipes to add to my repertoire. I’m going to have to try this one out for sure ❤️
Who doesn’t like cake when their reading and this looks divine! Shall definitely be giving this a try!
The walnut cake looks delicious 😋. I have never seen black walnut essence. It must be very fragrant. Will be checking online for it.
Even in my family, not my mother but my mother-in-law, I grew up with some “vacation” recipes. I love your cake, it looks exquisite, can’t wait to try it!!!
Confession: I’ve never had coffee cake lol! But that looks realllllly good! I might have to make a dairy-free, egg-free version! 🙂
Oh this cake looks delicious, perfect with a cup of coffee! x
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Ooo this cake sounds so good! Thank you for sharing it!
Okay, coffee and walnuts, two of my favourites so I can’t really pass on this! I will have to get the black walnut extract and bake this! I can already imagine it with a steaming cup of coffee in hand and a great read, dreams! Thank you for sharing x
So yummy! Perfect with a hot cup of coffee on this cool spring mornings. Definitely will be making this again.
Ooh this looks amazing! I’d have to swap out the cinnamon as I’m allergic but I’m definitely going to try and make a vegan version!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
This cake looks amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had something like this before but definitely want to try
This cake looks absolutely delicious and I’m sure it tastes amazing 😋
OMG this looks amazing! I’ve never heard of black walnut but it sounds so rich! I’m a big sucker for coffee cakes and will always pick one up when presented the opportunity. Thank you for sharing xx
Ok this looks absolutely amazing!! I want to try this for Easter brunch!!
Coffee is not my fav for that exact reason – they’re usually dry. So I am intrigued that this family recipe is not! I might need to try this out!
Wow this looks yummy, I’m definitely going to try and make this 😁
This looks so yummy and moist–like an elevated cinnamon roll. Love the idea of curling up with a nice book, pastry, and a hot drink.
This is going into my recipe book! Pretty to behold and divine to partake of. I have never tried a black walnut coffee cake before, but all things moist and delicious have my name somewhere in them.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Oh this looks so yummy. I love a good coffee cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
This looks and sounds amazing! It’s so funny that you shared this today. I have been eyeing a black walnut cake recipe in my grandma’s cookbook for months now! I will have to check and see how similar this one is. Either way, I’m going to try it soon!
I’ve never had black walnut extract but I’m very intrigued. We are big fans of moist coffee cake around here – dry coffee cake just doesn’t do it for me! Wonderful recipe!
okay i am absolutely DROOLING! I am usually hopeless at baking but this one looks worth a shot! thanks for sharing Steph.
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I need to try this cake RIGHT NOW! The frosting drizzle has me drooling.
Walnut cake is one of my mums favourite cakes! So this recipe I definitely want to try and attempt for her, because I am sure she will appreciate it. Thanks for sharing x
OMG yummmm this looks unreal! I love a good dessert or just something to enjoy with coffee from time to time!
Denise| Denise Marie
Oh girl, this looks so YUM! I might try and make it this weekend.
This sounds so good! I love coffee cake. Any kind of pastries are my weakness.
um…. YUM! This looks absolutely delicious. My partner’s favourite cake is coffee and walnut, so I’m going to try this on the weekend! xx
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Wow, this cake looks utterly delish! I absolutely love coffee cake so this is right up my street. I’ll defiantly be giving this a go. Thank you for sharing! Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
This looks absolutely delicious! I’m not really a coffee cake fan usually, but if this isn’t dry and crumbly, I’m in!
This looks so yummy! I love the food photography too. So well done!
My husband is the baker and I just sent him the link to this post. Hopefully it makes it this weekend. Yummy
Oh my gosh! This looks entirely too amazing. Seeing that icing sells me on it alone. Ha! I’ve never had coffee cake with walnuts in it – I’ll have to test this recipe out. So yum!
I’m not the biggest fan of nuts but this cake might make me into one– it looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I didn’t even know walnut extract existed?? Will definitely be making this!
This looks and sounds so delicious! My hubby loves coffee cake! I’ll have to save this recipe for a surprise brekkie for him!
Xo , Steph
Wow this looks lovely! I adore your photography here too. I’m not a baker but I’d love to try this if someone else made it for me haha!
I love this recipe! I’m in the U.K. so I’m now going to try and source some black walnut extract as it sounds delicious!
I have always loved coffee cake but adding walnuts and walnut extract sounds like it takes coffee cake to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Gave you 5 stars! Never tried coffee cake but omg this looks so delicious and tasty! It’s great that your mother breaks brownies as for travel. Thanks for sharing your easy recipe!! More photos please haha.
Umm well this looks freaking delicious. I haven’t had coffee cake in forever.
Who doesn’t love a good coffee cake? This one looks delicious! You could eat this in the morning or in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. Yummy!
Ohh yum! I love everything coffee and everything cake! This sounds absolutely delightful! I will definitely make this. Thanks so much for sharing! 💜
This looks better than any other coffee cake I’ve had! I’ll have to see where I can find black walnut extract and then I’m going to make. I think it’ll be yummy to have over Easter weekend.