Coffee cake

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Coffee cake
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Coffee cake
Type Cake
Cookbook: Coffee cake  Media: Coffee cake
Cranberry coffee cake

Coffee cake is a sponge cake 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). The use of the term "coffee cake" to refer to a accompaniment for coffee derives from the German and Scandinavian use of "kaffeekuchen" or "kaffekage" as a cake offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality,[citation needed] or served as a brunch food, with coffee, and is the most common usage in the United States due to the influence of German and Scandinavian immigrants.[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]

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Applesauce cake[edit]

Applesauce cake is sometimes prepared and served as a coffee cake.[6][7]

Arany galuska[edit]

In Hungary, there is a type of coffee cake called aranygaluska containing walnuts and cinnamon.[8]

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