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Kick Coffee Into Your Cake: Recipes

Updated on April 19, 2010

Everyone loves delicious coffee cake! Yea, I'm talking about those cakes that are usually eaten with a cup of coffee. But what do people think about coffee-flavored coffee cake? From my experience: every coffee-lover finds these cakes irresistible!

Adding some coffee to your cake is a great way to kick up your regular recipe. So instead of sticking with your simple fare of sponge cakes and cupcakes, spring some coffee into your recipe repertoire. Combinations of coffee and cream, coffee and chocolate, or coffee and liqueur can make your coffee cake just a little more special. These double whammies of combined flavors, each flavor enhancing the other, creates desserts that everyone will remember.

A quick method of incorporating coffee into your recipes is to use instant coffee or create really delicious, quality coffee (espresso strength or regular strength, depending on the recipe) by using a one-cup gourmet coffee brewer, like Keurig brewer. For more information on gourmet one-cup brewers, check out Keurig K-Cups retailers online.

Here are a few coffee-flavored coffee cake recipes, starting with the easiest.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake should look like this! Photo of a similar looking cake from Ezra Pound Cake blog.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake should look like this! Photo of a similar looking cake from Ezra Pound Cake blog.

Coffee and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Take cinnamon crumb coffee cake and throw some coffee into a whipped cream side to make this classic cake absolutely tempting. The coffee-flavored cream with an added crunch, on the side or spooned on top, will lend another level of dimension to traditional flavors. This dense coffee cake will never taste the same again, guaranteed!

Cake Ingredients

1/2 stick unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

Crumb Ingredients

2 c flour

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 stick firm butter

Coffee Cream Ingredients

2 c heavy cream

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 c coffee, espresso-concentrate, cooled

1/4 c chopped slivers of toasted almonds


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Cut butter into cubes.

3. Shift flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.

4. Blend butter with dry mixture by hand or in blender until pea-sized crumbs form. Avoid over-mixing which will result in smooth, batter like consistency. Set aside.

5. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add eggs one by one.

6. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

7. Add dry mixture slowly to the butter mixture. Mix until batter is free of lumps.

8. Add sour cream and mix until consistency is even throughout.

9. Transfer batter to a baking tin.

10. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the cake.

11. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

12. As the cake is baking, beat cream and sugar until fluffy.

13. Add coffee and beat until stiff peaks form.

14. Fold in chopped almonds.

15. Serve cooled cake, cut into squares, with dollops of coffee cream on top or on the side.

Molten Mocha pots are a fun twist on a much-loved contemporary classic!
Molten Mocha pots are a fun twist on a much-loved contemporary classic!

Molten Mocha Pots Recipe

Chocolate and coffee are a natural pairing. These two prized foods come from the same regions, they both come from bean-like seeds, and they are processed in similar ways. These beans both boast bitter notes, sweet tones and oils that mimic and complement each other gracefully. So unsurprisingly we love to mix them! A mocha--a chocolate-flavored in coffee--is a popular hot drink. And this recipe takes a typical molten chocolate pot and add the delicious flavors of a mocha coffee. Enjoy it alone, with a hot cup of coffee, or even with a steaming mug of mocha!


1 1/4 large bar (around 4 oz or 120 g) of dark chocolate, 70%

1 c heavy cream

3 tbsp flour

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp instant coffee granules

1 tbsp warm water


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Break chocolate squares with hands, and then chop into smaller rough pieces.

3. Over boiling water, in a metal or heat-proof bowl, carefully melt chocolate. Constantly stirring to evenly heat.

4. Transfer chocolate into a mixing bowl.

5. Mix cream in evenly.

6. Incorporate flour and mix until smooth.

7. Beat in egg and vanilla.

8. In cup, dissolve coffee granules in warm water. If you don't have any coffee granules, create a concentrated espresso brew on your coffee machine.

9. Pour the concentrated coffee into chocolate batter.

10. Distribute batter evenly into ramekins.

11. Bake for 15 minutes, until top is baked and starting to crack, while the center is still molten.

12. Serve immediately, while cake is still warm and inside is still liquid.

The key to a great Tiramisu cake is a tasty batch of light espresso-dipped lady fingers!
The key to a great Tiramisu cake is a tasty batch of light espresso-dipped lady fingers!

Tiramisu Recipe

The legendary Tiramisu eludes many people who are fooled into thinking soggy cookies or drenched layers of sponge cake are acceptable versions of this classic Italian treat. Using store-bought lady fingers or baking your own crispy cookies, you can correctly create this delicious layered cake. The elegant cake, filled with crunchy, but moist cookies and lightly whipped cream, is a journey through textures, tastes and tones! The resulting cake should taste of coffee, which comes from the dipped lady fingers that are moist but not soaked through, and of liqueur, which comes from the light sweet cream. Both the coffee and liqueur flavors should be pleasant and light, like the cake itself, and not overwhelming or rich.

If you're really ambitious, try the Lady Finger recipe below. For the quick and easy way to make Tiramisu, skip this recipe and move on to the next one.


Lady Fingers Ingredients

4 eggs, separated

1/2 c sugar

2 tbsp butter

3/4 c sifted flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c confectioner's sugar


Lady Fingers Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Whisk egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until it forms stiff peaks.

4. Incorporate egg whites into sugar mixture.

5. Fold flour, salt and vanilla into the mixture until texture is even.

6. Transfer mixture into piping bag with a 1 inch nozzle or cut.

7. Pipe 4 inch long fingers onto baking tray covered with baking paper.

8. Using sifter, delicately dust powdered sugar over cookies.

9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until outside layer is light golden and barely crisp.


Tiramisu Ingredients

4 egg yolks

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp Marsala wine (or for an extra coffee kick try Tia Maria, or another coffee liqueur)

1 c mascarpone cheese

24 ladyfingers

1c espresso

2 tsp sugar

24 lady fingers


Tiramisu Directions

1. Over boiling water, whisk egg yolks in a metal or heatproof bowl until fluffy. Take care not to let mixture overheat and boil.

2. Add sugar, vanilla, and Marsala wine (or substitute), whisk the mixture until small bubbles form.

3. Take mixture off the heat and set aside.

4. Crumble mascarpone cheese into a mixing bowl.

5. Incorporate mixture into cheese until even, making sure there are no lumps.

6. Spread a thin layer (1-2 cm) of egg mixture on the bottom of cake pan.

7. Take 8 lady fingers, briefly dip them into a mix of espresso and sugar, lay them onto egg mixture.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 two more times. Conclude with an additional repetition of step 6 so that the top layer is the creamy egg mixture.

9. Dust cocoa powder over the cake.

If your typical coffee cake needs a little sprucing up, throw some coffee into a cake to get a little extra oomph. Whether by adding coffee to a whipped cream topping or by adding coffee to a natural pair like chocolate, the results are always going to be delicious. These recipes creates coffee-flavored cakes that coffee lovers can't resist.

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    • globalcoffeegrind profile image

      globalcoffeegrind 7 years ago

      Oh, nice one. That sounds like an awesome coffee-flavored coffee cake!

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      I like to add coffee to chocolate cake in place of water. But these recipes take it to the next level!

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      globalcoffeegrind 8 years ago

      Guru-C and Silver Poet, thanks for stopping by. Hope you get to try these out or at least taste 'em! ;)

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      Silver Poet 8 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Mmm. Mocha. What yummy recipes!

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      Cory Zacharia 8 years ago

      These look delicious! I'm a coffee nut and I love coffee cake. Saturday night we tasted a wonderful, subtle tiramisu at a birthday party. I rarely get into the kitchen to bake, but your hub is inspiring me!