No sleep, a long walk and a big cake

May 3, 2015 | 2 comments


Glad to get to bed last night after the late one the previous evening. Didn’t go too early as I would just wake up earlier. And when did I wake up? Flipping 3am, that’s when. Gave up and got up at 4:30, still tired, but unable to sleep. Argh.

Drooping around all day. Wondered if I needed more exercise, so when the rain stopped I went for a long walk, 4 or 5 miles. It was lovely to get out and blow the cobwebs away, striding along, alone with my thoughts.

Before I went, I made one of these

Coffee and walnut cake

So what I had to do when I got back was NOT have a great big wodge of it, justifying it by the calories burned off by my long walk. Pleased to report, hurdle successfully leapt. That big slice that’s missing was eaten by DP.

Thank goodness for our sin bin, where I stash anything I don’t want to eat. It has a little padlock on it, for which only DP has the key. I still get tempted, very tempted, but I can’t get at it!

If you would like to make one of these luscious cake, it is a variation of the chocolate fudge one. Leave out the chocolate in the cake mix and add in 3 tsps of instant coffee powder, dissolved in a tblsp water, whilst creaming. It needs to be dissolved or it takes about 3 hours to dissolve in the creamed mix – ask me how I know that 🙂 When you do the fudge icing, dissolve another 3 tsps coffee in a tblps water and add to the butter and icing sugar, and again leave out the cocoa. Use 50g chopped walnuts in the middle, and 25g on the top.

These variously flavoured fudge cakes freeze beautifully, so can be stashed away in whatever sized slices you want, so you are able to have a piece as a Sunday treat, in a lunchbox, on a picnic, when the girls come round for coffee etc.






  1. Lesley

    Thanks Joy it’s a bazillion calories a wodge, so it’s a treat for DP

  2. Joy Clark

    That cake looks absolutely wonderful!
    J x

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