Spike your coffee cake with actual coffee for a nice jolt

  • By Alison Ladman Associated Press
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:07pm
  • Life

Adding coffee to coffeecake is a simple way to take something great and make it even better.

Because if you think conventional coffeecakes pair well with your favorite cup of java, wait until you try a coffeecake spiked with coffee.

Still not enough jolt for you?

Head to the grocer’s coffee aisle and grab a jar of instant espresso powder, then substitute that for the instant coffee.

Coffee coffeecake

For the topping:

1/4cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature

2tablespoons sugar

Pinch salt

1/2teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2cup all-purpose flour

For the cake:

2tablespoons instant coffee granules

2tablespoons water

1teaspoon cinnamon

1teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1cup sugar

1teaspoon baking powder

1teaspoon baking soda

1/2teaspoon salt

2eggs

2cups all-purpose flour

1cup sour cream

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with baking spray.

To make the topping, in a medium bowl use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until creamy. Add the flour and mix just until moist crumbs form. Set aside in the refrigerator.

To prepare the cake, in a medium bowl mix the coffee granules and water until dissolved. Add the cinnamon, vanilla, butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Use an electric mixer to beat until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl between additions.

Stir in half the flour followed by half the sour cream, then the remaining flour and sour cream. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cake batter with the topping. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cool in the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 servings.

More in Life

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Great Plant Pick: Pinus contorta var. contorta, shore pine

What: Who is not impressed by the beauty and toughness of this… Continue reading

Red wine usually costs more, but you can still find bargains

Here are five good-quality reds that won’t drain your grocery budget.

Beer of the Week: Skull Splitter and Blood of My Enemies

Aesir Meadery of Everett and Whiskey Ridge Brewing of Arlington collaborated to make two braggots.

Jesse Sykes brings her evolving sounds to Cafe Zippy in Everett

She and Phil Wandscher make a return trip to a club that she values for its intimacy.

Compost: It’s what every gardener really wants for Christmas

A pile of decomposed and recycled organic matter is the gardener’s gift that keeps on giving.

Need a centerpiece? Plant paper-whites for December beauty

The white flowering plant brings the garden indoors in winter, even if the bulbs were never outside.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Ugly Sweater Party and Canned Food Drive at Whitewall: Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing… Continue reading

Student winners to perform concertos with Mukilteo orchestra

This annual show is a partnership with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association.

Most Read