Coffee cake is a classic and after you try this recipe, you'll crave this timeless dish again and again. It can be frozen and served with coffee or hot chocolate as part of breakfast, or you can change it up and serve with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).



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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, instant coffee, and cocoa.

  • Separately whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time, beating until just combined. Beat in one third of the flour mixture, then half of the sour cream, then another third of the flour mixture. Beat in the remainder of the sour cream and the last third of the flour mixture. (Always start with flour and end with flour.) Add the vanilla and mix for another minute or two, scraping the sides of the bowl well with a spatula.

  • Pour one third of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle half of the filling on top. Pour in another third of the batter and sprinkle the remainder of the filling on top of that. End with the last third of the batter. Run a dinner knife down through the batter and swirl the knife gently to marble the batter in about six places.

  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or onto foil. The cake can be frozen while still warm.

Reviews (9)

182 Ratings
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  • 2 star values: 35
  • 1 star values: 15
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Have made this cake a few times and it can come out dry if over baked. I made it yesterday but only put it in the oven for 40 mins and came out great. I also didn't have any instant espresso so I used cinnamon and a bit of salt and it gave the cake a nice flavour. Was a big hit at mothers group.
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Made this today without any modifications. Used full fat sour cream. Found that cake was moist but lacking a bit in flavor. Wouldn't make it again.
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This is a wonderful recipe. The addition of the espresso abd coffee gave it a unique taste. my coffee cake looked just as pictured and it was a hit at my brunch. Thanks Lucinda
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the taste and texture of this recipe were completely off. it was too salty, dry and bitter. i was actually embarrassed to serve it to my guests.
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I thought the cake came out dry and not to much flavor.
Rating: 4 stars
i really like this cake. I substituted all the sourc cream with Fage 0% fat greek yogurt-which worked perfectly. The cocoa/instant coffee filling adds great flavor. Mine baked in 45 minutes. Will be making this again!
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Made this for Easter brunch and thought it was very dry and flavorless! Would not recommend!
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I made this! It turned out great! Next time I would like to try Greek yogurt in place of sour cream! What do do you think?
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Would light sour cream work? It would save me a trip to the store!