Today coffee cake is usually thought of as a yellow cake with a streusel or crumb topping, but many cultures and nationalities bake and savor their own versions of coffee cake. For example, German coffee cake (as well as many other types of coffee cake) usually has a swirl of cinnamon, sugar, and nuts throughout the cake instead of on top. French coffee cake is sometimes baked in a loaf pan, while Mexican coffee cake is drizzled with melted butter. Many coffee cakes include a spoonful of coffee – either dry or liquid – as one of the ingredients.
One of the great things about coffee cake is that there is no “right” time to enjoy it. Coffee cake is versatile enough to eat for breakfast and sweet enough to stand in as a dessert. It makes a great in-between meals snack as well.
Today is National Coffee Cake Day. It’s time to pull out the mixing bowls, measuring cups, and baking pans and get baking. All recipes.com has many tempting coffee cake recipes from which to choose. So does “Easy Coffee Cake Recipes: 20 Delicious Recipes with Cream, Blueberries, Chocolate, [and] Streusel” by Jeen van der Meer, which is available in print and in ebook format.
Brew a pot of coffee while the cake is cooling. Then, when both the coffee and cake are ready, enjoy these two favorites that have given so much pleasure to so many over the centuries.
Happy Coffee Cake Day!
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