Gluten Free Coffee and Pecan Cake.

I have always had a fondness for a nice coffee cake. Especially with walnuts. I went shopping for walnuts the other day and could only find pecans at the local IGA so I jiggered this recipe around (wasn’t hard) and used walnuts and made it gluten free for my beloved who is gluten intolerant.

First thing is to assemble all your ingredients.


2/3 cup (70gm) pecan nuts

125gm butter, unsalted and chopped

1 cup (220gm) raw caster sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons instant coffee powder (use a nice one)

1 1/3 cups (200gm) Gluten Free Self Raising flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 eggs beaten lightly

Pre-heat your oven to moderately slow  (160degrees or 140 degrees celcius fan forced) and grease and line a 11cm x 25cm loaf pan with baking paper.


Chop the pecans reserving half. Combine the butter, sugar, milk and coffee in a small saucepan;stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat.


Sift the flour and cinnamon into a bowl; stir in beaten eggs, butter mixture and half of the chopped pecan nuts.


Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin.


Bake in moderately slow oven for 15 minutes. Carefully sprinkle cake with the rest of the pecans then bake for a further 30 minutes or until cooked when tested with metal skewer. You could also just pop the reserved nuts on at the beginning and bake for 45 minutes as I don’t believe there would be any difference in the end product.

Allow cake to cool on a wire rack whilst you make the coffee icing.


For the coffee icing;

1 tablespoon boiling water

2 teaspoons instant coffee powder

1 cup gluten free icing sugar mixture

10 gm soft butter

Combine water and coffee in a cup. Sift icing mixture into a small heatproof bowl; stir in butter and enough of the coffee mixture to form a firm paste. Either place bowl over small saucepan of simmering water or zap it in the microwave at 10 second intervals (check every 10 seconds) until icing is of a thin consistency. Drizzle icing over cooled cake and allow to set befroe slicing.


Very enjoyable cake and it lasted about 1/2 a day 😀

Mix and match your nut preference or leave them out if you have a nut allergy and replace them with raisins soaked in coffee liqueur. I will try that next time.

Enjoy friends.

8 thoughts on “Gluten Free Coffee and Pecan Cake.

  1. How hard was it to get 2/3 of a cup of pecans? I would have had to sub dates because that 2/3 of a cup of pecans would have miraculously “disappeared” in the short time it took for me to measure it, and for it to be needed in my recipe ;). That looks like a spanking new loaf pan there Pinkus…just the thing to test out a lovely loaf variation :). I LOVE coffee cake and would have left the icing off and just scarfed it with lots of mugs of tea over the course of the morning. Simple moist cakes take a whole lot of beating (not literally…speaking figuratively of course! 😉 ). This one looks scrumptious and I love coffee as a cake ingredient. I use it in most of my chocolate cakes as well because it adds such a depth of flavour. This one is going in my recipe files…I am even going to pin it!!! You just made the grade. I added “Pinkus” to my spell checker…consider yourself “In” 😉

    1. Yeah, i’d had the loaf pan for about a year before I actually made something in it 😀 This cake/loaf originally called for walnuts but pecans are a very similar substitute and not so bitter either. I will try it with raisins soaked in coffee liqueur though. Thanks for including me in the “in” crowd with your other recipes too 😉

      1. Yeah, Pinkus is in the spellchecker and also on Pinterest…you have really made it now! 😉 How did you stop from eating all of your pecans? I LOVE them and they disappear inside me as quick as my fingers can furtively snarffle them…sigh…maybe that’s why I have a big “A” 😉

      2. I am very restrained when it comes to nuts excepting salted pistachios and naughty smoked almonds. I like all the bad stuff! Ooohh and Hazlenuts are another fave too 😀

      3. They ALL find their delicious way into at least one of the orifaces on my head (sometimes in my eager glee I miss the obvious one 😉 ). I adore nuts…better get those hazelnut trees planted out so I can keep you in hazelnuts in about 10 years time when they cost a fortune in the shops. I should be the hazelnut queen by that stage as I have been growing little trees every year…should have about 40 now…and NO idea where to plant them 😉

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