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Great British Bake Off's Jo Wheatley's Coffee and Walnut Traybake

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

Jo Wheatly's coffee and walnut traybake

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"This is my homage to Mary Berry, the traybake queen. She is, to me, the most wonderful lady: an institution, somebody who my admiration for has no boundaries - beautiful inside and out."

Serves 12


  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g margarine or unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 shot of espresso (or 1 tsp instant coffee with 1 tbsp boiling water)
  • 80g walnuts, finely chopped

For the icing

  • 2 shots of espresso (or 2 tsp instant coffee with 2 tbsp boiling water)
  • roughly 300g icing sugar
  • 12 walnut halves

You will also need a 20 x 30cm baking tin, greased and lined with baking parchment


  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas Mark 3.
  • Tip the sugar, butter or margarine, flour and eggs into the bowl of a free-standing mixer and beat for 2 minutes until smooth. If you don’t have a freestanding mixer, you can use an electric hand-held mixer.
  • Add the espresso and walnuts and mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin, spread level using the back of a spoon or a palette knife and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 25–30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle ofthe cake.
  • Leave to cool in the tin.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the coffee with enough icing sugar to make a thick paste.
  • Pour over the cake and decorate with the walnut halves.
  • Leave the icing to set, then cut into 12 slices or squares and serve.

Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a National Tea and Cake Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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