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Coffee cake can either refer to a sweet cake intended to be eaten with coffee or tea (like tea cake), or a sponge cake flavoured with coffee. 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, 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. Coffee flavoured cakes 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.
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.
Vegan cranberry coffee cake
- Amish friendship bread – has characteristics of both pound cake and coffee cake
- Gooey butter cake – generally served as a type of coffee cake and not as a formal dessert cake
- Gugelhupf – sometimes eaten with coffee, during coffee breaks
- List of brunch foods
- List of cakes
- Tiramisu – a popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert
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- Encyclopedia of Jewish Food - Gil Marks