It’s not really known how this day came to exist, but it’s here regardless and we couldn’t be happier! National Coffee Cake Day is celebrated on April 7th every year.
Traditionally, coffee cake does not have coffee in it. Rather, it is a cake intended to be eaten while enjoying your daily cup of joe, or it’s meant to be served to guests around a coffee table. This is why many photos of coffee cakes online usually appear as ringed cakes.
The cake itself is usually one single layer, made in square, rectangle, or ring-shaped pans (bundt cake pans). Coffee cakes are often flavored with cinnamon or other spices, seeds, nuts, and fruits such as berries or apples, with a crumbled streusel topping or a glaze drizzle.
Why not celebrate Coffee Cake Day with your own slice of freshly made cake? Below are 2 recipes, 1 of which contains coffee, just for those of us who enjoy that extra kick.
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Coffee-Infused Coffee Cake
- 3/4 cups pecans or walnuts (chopped)
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 3/4 cups strong coffee, cold
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ sticks (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, soft
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup strong coffee
- 2 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar
Mix your chopped nuts with the cinnamon sugar and set aside for later. Brew your coffee and cool off in the fridge.
Once cool, mix your coffee and other liquid ingredients together. In a separate bowl, stir together your dry ingredients.
Using a mixer (stand or hand), beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add your eggs one at a time, mixing in between each egg.
Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients to the creamed butter and combine, then add ½ of the liquid and blend well. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and stir, then add the rest of the liquid and stir and finally the rest of the dry ingredients and combine. Be sure to go through the whole bowl to get every bit. Should be light and fluffy batter.
Lightly butter and flour a bundt cake pan, then pour half the batter into the pan and even out. Add the streusel layer then pour the rest of the batter over the streusel.
Bake at 350 degrees until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean. Baking should take roughly an hour. But time can vary so be sure to check periodically.
Let cool 10 minutes then remove from the pan onto a plate and fully let cool.
Combine the coffee with the sifted powdered sugar until smooth and then drizzle onto the cool cake.
Easy Coffee Cake
- 1 cup oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
In a large bowl, combine oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
In a medium bowl, blend sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
Combine egg mixture with flour mixture.
Pour half the batter into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon for the streusel. Sprinkle half on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter and sprinkle remaining streusel on top. Drizzle with melted margarine or butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Let it fully cool before serving.
Enjoy your tasty coffee cakes!
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