Coffee & pecan squares

Rustle up this traybake with coffee and pecan flavours for a grown up sweet treat. Serve a square with a cuppa for afternoon tea or a mid-morning snack

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:50 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 372
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 11g
  • carbs 38g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 4g


  • 225g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 4 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 100g pecans, plus 8 for the topping
  • 225g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour (if you have rye flour, you can swap in 25g of it)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Butter a 30 x 20cm 2.5cm deep cake tin and line with parchment. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Dissolve the coffee in 3 tbsp of boiling water and set aside. Scatter all the pecans, including the 8 for the topping, over a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8-10 mins, then leave to cool slightly. Split 8 of the pecans in half to make 16 pieces and set aside. Chop the rest finely, retaining a bit of texture.

  2. Use an electric whisk to cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl, then crack in and incorporate the eggs, one at a time. Beat in half the dissolved coffee. When everything is mixed together evenly, fold through the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and half the chopped nuts. Scrape into the tin and scatter over the rest of the chopped nuts, then level the top with a spatula. Bake for 30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, then leave to cool completely.

  3. To make the icing, beat the butter until smooth, then beat in the icing sugar, the vanilla and the remaining dissolved coffee. Lift the cooled cake onto a board and spread with the icing. Top with the pecan halves, cut into squares and serve.

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