Fruit and Nut Coffee Cake

fruit and nut coffee cake @ Playful Cooking

Did you guys have a great Easter? We didn’t celebrate but certainly enjoyed spotting several cute little bunnies running around with a colorful egg basket in their tiny hands. There were some joyful cheers and lots of laughter. The sky was bright blue and beautiful spring air carried several families to the park. It was pretty clear that people were relishing the Easter weekend. And while you guys were busy boiling, painting, hiding and hunting eggs, I cracked a few and baked a cake!


fruit and nut coffee cake @ Sunshine and Smile


Every once in a while, I crave for a crumbly cake, one that doesn’t demand any extraordinary baking skills or requires any fancy gadget. I want it easy-going and a little bit healthy, if possible. Thankfully, I have few such recipes that save my day and makes baking effortless.


fruit and nut coffee cake @ Sunshine and Smile


instant coffee @ Sunshine and Smile


Filled with dried fruits, nuts and a hint of coffee, this crumbly cake absolutely won my husband’s heart. He has a challenging palate when it comes to cake, trust me! If he finds fresh fruits in a cake, he will neatly fish it out. If the cake is too moist or too dense, he will not eat it. He doesn’t like frosting and if the cake has dark chocolate in it, he would taste a tiny bite just to keep me happy. So, this time when he said ‘good job’ at every slice he ate plus cleaned the plate to the last crumb, you can imagine my excitement. I felt like a winner! Normally, a cake lasts for few days in our home. This one was licked clean in less than two days. It’s good I used olive oil instead of butter, which made us feel little less guilty.


Chasing the Easter bunny would have definitely helped burning the calories but we lazy bones decided to save that act for next year!


fruit and nut coffee cake @ Sunshine and Smile


fruit and nut coffee cake @ Playful Cooking

Fruit and Nut Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A crumbly cake with dried fruits, nuts and a hint of coffee.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup walnut, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnut, roughly powdered
  • 1/4 cup cashew, roughly powdered
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits, I used raisins and cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Brush some oil in a loaf pan and dust it with some flour. Pre heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk all the wet ingredients (egg, sugar, oil) in one bowl and dry ingredients (powdered cashew and powdered walnut, flour, baking powder and coffee) in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour mixed dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and whisk. Add dried fruits, chopped walnut, vanilla extract and give it one more whisk.
  4. Pour batter in the loaf pan and bake it at 350F for 50 minutes. Poke a knife in the center and if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  5. Let it cool down for few minutes before you take it out of the pan.


Every oven works differently. So please keep an eye and don’t depend on the time mentioned here. If the cake turns too brown on top and the cake is not yet baked through, leave the oven partially open and continue baking until it’s baked completely.


fruit and nut coffee cake @ Sunshine and Smile



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  • Heather
    April 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Gorgeous photos. I love the colors. The bread also looks amazing.

  • Divya Shivaraman
    Divya Shivaraman
    April 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Lovely photos…i love your blog. extremely happy to follow you through FB

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Thank you Divya and glad you dropped by 🙂

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    What a delicious coffee cake, I love the fruit and nuts!

  • Priyanka
    April 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Looks great sis…. love the pics, fresh and bright

  • Rose from Magpies Re
    Rose from Magpies Re
    April 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    So gorgeous K! Your photos are just stunning. Love that crumbly texture of the cake and it’s got me itching to bake!May have to bust out the bakeware I just finished packing away!

  • Liren
    April 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    This is my kind of cake! And if your hubby approves, then obviously it is as perfect as it looks!

  • Rosa
    April 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    A wonderful cake and combination!

    We didn’t celebrate Easter, but nonetheless had a great time and aet some good food…



  • Sarvani
    April 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Oo nice!! I love baking cakes with this method… dry into wet ingredients.. its so fuss free and you can play around with the flavour combinations.. for me .. that’s what home baking is all about!!!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    April 2, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Such lovely cake..beautiful from inside and am sure would have tasted yum!

  • Shri
    April 2, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    That looks delicious; love the colours Kanakana

  • Archana
    April 2, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    beautiful cake….i’m a huge fan of crumbly cakes….they are just so perfect with coffee or tea! I love the way you set the scenes in your shots!

  • Shema George
    Shema George
    April 2, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    This cake look stunning ..Love the texture and the clicks 🙂

  • Colette @ JFF!
    Colette @ JFF!
    April 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    This cake looks great.
    Love the pics, too, with the red berries!

  • Manju
    April 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    That’s my kind of cake too…not too fussy, moits, tender crumb and lovely yet healthy flavors. N my hus doesnt prefer icing too. I wanna give this cake a try..will let u know when i do 🙂

  • Abby
    April 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    This cake looks delicious! Such gorgeous photos!! 🙂

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    April 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Oh I like all the nuts you use in this cake. I bet is makes for an especially moist crumb.
    And yes Easter was great. I still get to play Easter Bunny at my house and I love the magic.
    Hope you’re well!

  • Abbe@This is How I C
    [email protected] is How I C
    April 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Looks like a winner! Love the addition of coffee.

  • Wizzy
    April 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Love the new look of the blog. Several holidays were celebrated her not just Easter. All were fun. Lovely looking coffee cake.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    what a perfect combination of sweet and salty with a perfectly baked loaf of bread. Love this

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    April 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    The light from the window is gorgeous.
    You know I have been seeing this gorgeous cake on Fb and pinterest again n again… last 2 days were crazy you know … so got late here… But now that I am here all I need is a slice of this!

  • Kristi Rimkus
    Kristi Rimkus
    April 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    We had a few little people hunting for Easter eggs around our house, and Seattle actually had wonderful weather for Easter weekend. I’m totally intrigued by the coffee in this recipe. I’ll bet it adds a depth that’s delicious.

  • indugetscooking
    April 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I should do the egg hunting next year, not just the eating 🙂

    Love the kind of cake you have made here. Great with a cup of tea!

  • Gabriela
    April 4, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I simply love the light in your photos, seems spring is approching there. Here it’s keep snowing and it’s April already :. The cake looks delish, I love all nutty sweets!

  • carey
    April 4, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    Cakes like this make me think of home. It’s amazing that despite the fact I was such a picky eater as a kid, I would still gobble up the various crumbly loaf cakes my mother would make. (Sometimes she would put chocolate chips in there to make them even more enticing, which was a-ok with me too.) And these pictures feel so very much like Spring, Kankana! I love it. (:

  • Kamalika
    April 4, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    LOved the cake but rather loved the snaps dear..they are just awesome….have to learn a lot from you….:)

  • Rekha
    April 4, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I am not a coffee fan otherwise but in baked goodies its totally different thing altogether … Love the yummyness ! Beautiful photographs as always !

  • Nik@ABrownTable
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    April 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I just came across your blog today and absolutely fell in love, you have some wonderful recipes and photography!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Thanks Nik and I just checked your blog. The photos are stunning! Glad we could connect 🙂

  • Simi
    April 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Absolutely fabulous snd my kind of cake !! Looks great ! Love your first pic

  • Sylvie @ GitK
    Sylvie @ GitK
    April 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    My favorite! I love a good fruit and nut cake, especially with a cup of tea.

  • Shumaila
    April 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    The cake looks great and one that I would really like to try! Love the photography as always!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    April 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I can’t never get enough of nutty treats. Gorgeous clicks, as always!

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    April 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Love the traditional (?) tea pot and beautiful coffee cake! I need to buy an instant coffee to include in baking. This scene tells me you had a nice afternoon tea. 🙂

  • Nithya
    April 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Cake looks gorgeous and love your clicks. Fruit and Nut cake is my all time favourite..