Friday, October 14, 2011

Caramel Coffee Cake

This is my new favorite cake.  I made it with decaf so I could eat it at night, but now I'm thinking I should have made it with regular coffee so I'd have an excuse to eat it for breakfast. (Note: the cake looks sunken in the photo because it's on a concave platter; it actually rose perfectly.)

The Ingredients:
1 c sugar
1/2 c strongly brewed coffee
1/2 c almond milk
1/3 c oil
1 t vanilla
1 2/3 c flour
2 T cornstarch
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 T instant coffee granules

Caramel Sauce:
1/3 c margarine
2/3 c brown sugar
1/4 c almond milk
2 t cornstarch
1/2 t vanilla
pinch salt

The Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together sugar, coffee, milk, oil, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining cake ingredients.  
  4. Whisk dry ingredients into wet until just combined.
  5. Pour into an oiled 9-inch round cake pan, and bake for about 35 minutes.
  6. Cool on a baking rack for a few minutes before removing from pan.  When cake is cool, make caramel sauce:
  7. Whisk cornstarch into almond milk.
  8. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together margarine, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Bring to a boil, then add almond milk/cornstarch mixture and continue to cook at a low boil for 3 minutes.  Let cool for a couple minutes before drizzling sauce over cake.  Any leftover sauce can be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave to use as ice cream topping.


  1. AMAZING!! That looks like perfection on a plate, great flavours!

  2. Caramel coffeee cake! Oh man! What a wonderful idea, and your picture makes it look totally amazing. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  3. aww, thanks for the kind comments.

  4. Awwww shit, make me a cup of hot cider and I'm IN.

  5. ps, do you think this would work with a bundt pan?

  6. Ooh, I bet it would be pretty as a bundt cake with the caramel dripping down the sides. I think you'd need more batter to fill a standard bundt pan, though--maybe if you doubled it?

  7. That looks completely decedent!

  8. wow, that is a LOT of sugar! please read this:

  9. Yes it's a lot of sugar, seeing as how it's a cake. For those of us who aren't diabetic or insulin resistant, eating cake once in a while is not necessarily a problem. If it's a problem for you, by all means don't eat it.


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