Thursday, January 1

Two Years Of Blogging

Today, I have been blogging for two years...

(How on earth have I been blogging for two years?!)

I feel crazy typing that.

It's barmy how quickly time flies, how much I've gotten out of this blog, and how much I hope others have too. These past two years have been an absolute blast and I want to thank everyone that's read my little slice of the internet, commented, or just helped me in some way or another.

A big, big thank you!

This blog is going to change a lot in the next year, I'm hoping in a very positive way.

So, hear's to the new year and everything to follow!

But what's a birthday without a cake?!

Well, New Years Day is not only my blog's birthday, but it is also my Mum's and so I whipped up her favourite bake as a thank you for being so amazing.

 This Coffee & Walnut cake is a classic. Moist, nutty & flavoursome, it's timeless and one of my go-to bakes.

To make your own Coffee & Walnut cake, you will need:

- 225g self raising flour

- 225g unsalted butter or margarine, softened

- 225g caster sugar

- 4 large eggs

- 1tsp baking powder

- 2 tbsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1tbsp hot water

- 100g walnuts, chopped

(For the icing)

- 75g butter

- 300g icing sugar

- 2tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 2 tbsp hot water

Preheat your oven to 160C/140 fan and line two sandwich tins with baking parchment.

Measure out all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

 Beat well until evenly blended and thick.

Spoon the batter evenly into the two sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until risen, golden, and shrinking away from the sides.

Once the cake has cooled down completely, beat together the icing sugar, butter, and coffee to make the butter cream. (If needs be, add a touch more icing sugar to thicken or a tad more coffee for a stronger flavour.)

You can either leave the cake a simple two layers (which I usually do), or go a bit fancier and cut both of the layers in half. If you are doing so, just use a big knife to cut about 1cm around the cake before going deeper.

Smother butter cream in between each layer, pushing to all of the sides, and decorate the top with crumbled walnuts. (The best way is to beat the nuts in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin.)

Serve with a steaming cup of tea, huddled on the sofa, and in the warm and dry.

A proper comfort food, classic cake.

Have a good New Year everyone, I hope the hangovers aren't too bad! Wishing you all a bright and happy year ahead.
And once again, thank you for another wonderful year. It's worth all of the time, effort, and procrastination a million times over!


  1. Well done, blogging for 2 years cannot be easy. Also that cake looks so good, I love anything with coffee in!


  2. Congratulations! Over the past two years you've put together some great and unique content. I always am happy to see a new post up in my feed. I am looking forward to seeing whee your blog takes us next year. Happy Birthday to your mom and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Your photographs are gorgeous. Congratulations on this special occasion! Love, Sjoukje

  4. Congratulations on the bloggerbirthday Emily.
    I've enjoyed reading your recipes right from the beginning, and witnessing your university journey too!
    I hope 2015 holds a bucketful of adventure and excitement for you.
    Just don't forget to blog about it all!
    Lots of love

  5. Congratulations on 2 years blogging and happy birthday to your mum! Coffee and walnut cake is one of my favourites!

    Heather x

  6. Congratulations Emily!! That is so exciting, can't believe it's been two years already! Crazy how time flies.
    Love your recipes and pictures, and can't wait to see what else you have in store for this next year =)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  7. I'm useless, can't believe I missed this! Happy Blog Birthday beautiful! And a happy belated birthday to your muma too!

    Gorgeous cake. I'd so love to sink my teeth in.. oh new year diet. bummer.

    Katie <3


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