Coffee cake

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Coffee cake
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Coffee cake
Type Cake
Region or state Germany
Cookbook: Coffee cake  Media: Coffee cake
American Cranberry Coffee cake

Coffee cake is cake intended to be eaten with, or flavored with, coffee. British coffee cake is a sponge flavoured with coffee.[1] They are generally round and consist of two layers separated by coffee flavoured butter icing, which also covers the top of the cake. Walnuts are a common addition to coffee cakes.[2] In the United States, coffee cake generally refers to a sweet cake intended to be eaten with coffee or tea (like tea cake).[3][4]

Coffee cakes, as an accompaniment for coffee, are often single layer, flavored with either fruit or cinnamon, and leavened with either baking soda (or baking powder), which results in a more cake-like texture, or yeast, which results in a more bread-like texture. Sour cream is used in traditional American coffee cakes to both impart a tart flavor and activate baking soda used as a leavening agent.[5]


American coffee cake[edit]

A variety of crumb cake (Streuselkuchen) which contains flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon granules on top.[6]

Applesauce cake[edit]

Applesauce cake is sometimes prepared and served as a coffee cake.[7][8]

Arany galuska[edit]

In Hungary, there is a type of coffee cake called arany galuska containing walnuts and cinnamon.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coffee Cake". BBC Good Food. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Cloake, Felicity (16 April 2014). "How to make the perfect coffee and walnut cake". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Brennan, G. (2015). Brunch: Recipes for Cozy Weekend Mornings. Weldon Owen. p. PT 83. ISBN 978-1-61628-987-4. 
  4. ^ Fields, D. (2000). Debbi Fields' Great American Desserts: 100 Mouthwatering Easytoprepare Recipes. Simon & Schuster. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-7432-0205-3. 
  5. ^ "American Cakes - Sour Cream Coffeecake History & Recipe". Tori Avey. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  6. ^ Maxespresso (April 30, 2016). "The story of coffee cake". Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ Clarkson, Potter; Martha Stewart's Cakes' (September 24, 2013). "Recipe: Applesauce Coffee Cake". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brownetone, Cecily (October 10, 1969). "Cooking Is Fun". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Marks, Gil (17 November 2010). "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food". HMH. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via Google Books. 

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