Going Nuts Over Coffee Chocolate Cake

This is the first time, Beautiful People, that I am answering a challenge published by a blogger. I am only doing it to support a delightful and talented Marla of https://marladragon.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/challenge-for-january-23-2023 who has just come up with her first challenge. Here it is:

Consider this challenge a “Wordle” lite.

  • Coffee
  • Transmittal
  • Fax or Phone (use either or both)
  • Sticky tab
  • Draft or Organize (use either or both)
  • Dish
  • Scan
  • Spread Sheet
  • Scale
  • Rubber

Pick at least three bullets from the list of ten and write a poem, a story, sketch picture, show us pictures you’ve taken. You can use any variation on the word and have a blast! Ping back so that I can read everyone’s contributions!!!

Dear Marla, here is a coffee cake, organized on a pretty dish, on a background of my husband’s boutique cigar box (in case you don’t know, Senor Solomon is his brand, the first and only in the world Kosher cigars).

The Book of Prophet Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) mentions a Babylonian chief officer, one Nebo-Sarsekim who served as king Nebuchadnezzar’s right hand during the siege of Jerusalem (Ch.39).  In 2007, historian M. Jursa found proof of this, including the officer’s name, on a small clay tablet, while working at the British Museum (http://www.britishmuseum.org).  To make a long and tragic story short, Nebuhadnezzar won and, in addition to the usual spoils of war, took with him to Babylon the entire Jewish intellectual elite. Here is the Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Verdi’s famous opera Nabucco:

In reality, though, they weren’t treated very badly. Certainly, “by the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept” and lamented the very fact of exile, but altogether Nebuhadnezzar had not wanted cheap labor; he neatly executed a total brain drain.  It was difficult, though, to get used to a strange language, outlandish customs, and weird food. Babylonians loved nuts of all kinds and were especially fond of walnuts. The arrogant king at some point went nuts himself, went down on all four, and for seven years ate grass together with farm animals.


Don’t worry about him, though; having learned his lesson, the king was restored to the throne and went right on gobbling nuts.  We are going to follow his example while trying to stay relatively sane, which is also not an easy task in today’s world.

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This will be a moist, nutty, coffee-and-chocolate two-layer cake with creamy cashew frosting. For the cake itself, you need whole wheat or gluten free flour, eggs or substitute, Smart Balance, brown sugar, roughly chopped walnuts – that king Nebuchadnezzar was not a very refined individual; in fact, he was quite rough! – liquid espresso, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

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You can bake it as one cake and then slice it, but I found it easier to bake two even layers to begin with. Meanwhile, we can add more nuts by making frosting.

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To make creamy frosting, you have to soak raw cashews in water for at least an hour. Drain them and blitz them in a food processor or blender with some almond milk, agave, lemon juice, a touch of vanilla, and, of course, more espresso.

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Are you counting? We have three different kind of nuts already – really going nuts! This is totally yummy on its own, as a pudding, but spread on this Coffee Chocolate Cake – heavenly!

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Decorated with more walnuts and coffee beans, it will grace your table and make you look like royalty – just make sure not to go nuts!


  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Smart Balance or any butter substitute, room temperature
  • 2 eggs or substitute
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon liquid espresso
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For icing:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon liquid espresso
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly mist 2 baking pans with oil.
  • Mix dry ingredients, including walnuts, put aside. Whisk wet ingredients together, add dry ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry. Remove from oven, completely cool in pans.
  • Pre-soak cashews in water for 1 hour. Drain, place in food processor, add the rest of ingredients, pulse until creamy consistency, occasionally scraping sides.
  • Spread frosting between layers and on top, dust with cocoa powder, garnish with walnut halves and coffee beans.


26 Comments Add yours

  1. Coffee and chocolate, what’s not to love!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi. You can make it vegan by using aquafaba or any other egg substitute.


    1. Thank you so much, darling!


  2. Great flavors in this beautiful cake! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit. Your words mean a lot to me.

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  3. Lulu: “Coffee AND chocolate in a cake? Where does our Dada sign up for some of that?”

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    1. Mama says to tell him to come visit us, and you guys can come along, dear Lulu.
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.


  4. You have woven one of your classic productions from this challenge; a good story; a glorious video; Blake’s expressive illustration; and a nutty cake

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Derrick. As a nutty person, I like creating nutty desserts.

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  5. Gail says:

    Coffee and Chocolate go hand-in-hand. ☕️🍃😍

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    1. They sure do, and we follow wherever they go! Thank you so much, dear Gail.

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      1. Gail says:

        You are welcome, darling. (You say that so much better than I do. 💕)

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      2. (blushing all over the internet) 😻

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  6. Carter Hann says:

    I’m doing great and thank you too ,Well I have been a fan of your post/writing for a while now and I must say you’re a wonderful soul. Your blog has impacted a lot to the public including my very self and I decided to reach out to you and if its fine with you it would be my pleasure to have a conversation of knowing you thank you and hopefully to get your response back again


  7. Marlapaige says:

    “neatly executed a total brain drain”
    Amazing wording.
    This whole thing is exquisite! I will have to try it. Dunno the next time I’ll have a need to bake cake, but when I do, this will be it! YUMMM!
    And I totally never heard of Kosher cigars before!

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    1. There was a discussion of the Talmudic Sages about 500 years ago, when cigars were first invented. It has been decided (and then forgotten) than cigars rolled from leaf treated by any substance not Kosher for Passover should not be smoked or found in one’s possession on Passover. My husband’s cigars are fine during the rest of the year, but people tend to like them (and not only Jewish people!) because the leaf is not treated by all kind of crap, including harmful chemicals. They are certified Kosher for Passover.

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      1. Marlapaige says:

        That is so cool! I didn’t know there was actually a discussion regarding cigars. That’s an awesome little fact, and I love it. Thank you for sharing!

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      2. Do you think there was a topic, however minute, that escaped their attention? Every detail of life was regulated, especially in exile.

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      3. Marlapaige says:

        No, I didn’t think anything escaped them at all. I just honestly never once thought about cigars being kosher or not kosher. They just are. You know what I mean?

        My sister called as I was writing this comment and I told her. She had no idea either and though it was insanely interesting too. She told her husband and he was like, “really? They thought of that?” I said nothing and she said, “of course they did.” One minute before that she was like, “I can’t believe they thought about that.”

        Everyone knows they thought about every detail, just take a second to fully grasp it when it’s something you never thought abotu yourself.

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  8. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear Jonathan.

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  9. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    I am a straight boy who loves chocolate; girls don’t get this

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    1. My husband, my sons, and grandson also love chocolate, so what? Does it make them less manly? What nonsense!


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