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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

Espresso-Walnut Cake

This cake was screaming for a streusel topping, so we actually used two bowls.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2001

  • Yield: 9 servings (serving size: 1 cake square)

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 teaspoons flour.

Combine brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon espresso granules in a small bowl.

Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until butter melts. Add granulated sugar, stirring with a whisk. Add eggs; stir well. Stir in yogurt, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Lightly spoon 1 1/3 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour and 2 teaspoons espresso powder, stirring just until blended (do not overstir).

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with half of the brown sugar mixture. Carefully spread remaining batter over brown sugar mixture, and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar mixture.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 284
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.4g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 231mg
  • Calcium: 58mg
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