Espresso Scented Coffee Cake

September 27, 2013

in Recipes

espresso scented coffee cake

 

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and diced, plus more for the pan

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

11/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg, at room temperature

1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar

Creamy Espresso Glaze (see below)

1. Arrange a rack at center position and preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter the bottom and sides of a springform pan and then cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Place the paper in the pan and then butter the paper. Butter the sides and bottom of a ramekin and place, right-side up, in the center of the pan.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the diced butter and rub the mixture between your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Remove 3/4 cup to a small bowl and add the chopped pecans; set aside.

3. Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt to the large bowl with the flour mixture and stir to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, dissolved espresso, and vanilla and then stir them into the dry ingredients just until well blended. The batter should be quite thick.

4. Ladle half of the butter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture over the batter. Repeat with the remaining batter and nut mixture. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until a tester inserted into the area around the ramekin comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

5. Cool the cake to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Then run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Run the knife around the outside of the ramekin to loosen it from the cake. Gently remove the ramekin and the sides of the pan. Dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar, drizzle the glaze over the top, and serve.

Creamy Espresso Glaze

3 tablespoons milk, plus more if needed

11/4 teaspoons instant espresso powder

3 ounces cream cheese at room temperature, broken into small pieces

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and espresso powder until the espresso has dissolved. Add the cream cheese. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the mixture until blended, and then gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. The glaze should be smooth and thin enough to drizzle over the coffee cake. If too thick, thin with a teaspoon or more of extra milk.

From Betty Rosbottom’s “Sunday Brunch”

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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