by Thomas Echea
on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at 12:10pm.
Happy Coffee Cake Day
When we are having a slow morning or need a pick-up in the afternoon, coffee is always there for us! It gives us energy and puts us in a better mood. If you'd like to flavor it even better, don't forget about a piece of a coffee cake. Coffee Cake is a cake or sweet bread that is usually made with coffee and intended to be served with coffee. It often includes nuts and dried fruits, as well as a butter icing for added sweetness. National Coffee Cake day is observed each year on April 7.
Coffee cake was not invented, rather it evolved from a variety of different types of cakes.
The Danish came up with the earliest versions of coffee cake. Around the 17th century in Europe, it became the custom enjoy a delicious sweet and yeasty type of bread when drinking coffee beverages.
The hole in the center of most coffee cakes is a relatively recent innovation - it became popular in the 1950's. This "bundt pan" was invented to allow heavier batters to get cooked all the way through without any dough left unbaked in the center.
There are many available combinations, everything from blueberry coffee cakes to cinnamon walnut coffee cake and more.
Cakes in their various forms have been around since biblical times, the simplest varieties made from honey or dates and other fruits.
The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany. There were more like sweet breads than cakes.
How to Observe #NationalCoffeeCakeday
There are several ways to celebrate. Of course, the first way is to bake up your favorite coffee cake. Our favorite Coffee Cake recipe is:
American Coffee Cake
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking power
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 cups sour cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
milk as needed
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a bundt pan. Combine filling ingredients, then set aside. Make the cake: Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Beat granulated sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs until blended. Beat in flour mixture alternating with sour cream. Spread a third of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle with a third of the filling. Repeat steps two more times. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the glaze by mixing the ingredients together. Add enough milk to reach a pourable consistency. Drizzle cake with glaze.
Another way is to order from the local bakery Croissan'Time. Since October 1986, at the same and only Croissan'Time location, they've assembled their homemade recipes and baked them to a golden crust perfection on the premises "from scratch", using the freshest dairy and highest quality imported ingredients.
Enjoy your treats this season and let us know if we can help you find a new home near this special shop or anywhere else in South Florida!