Indulge in a Decadent Self-Brewing Coffee Cake

Attention coffee lovers! What if I told you that you could bake a delicious coffee cake, without even having to brew the coffee yourself? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But with our Coffee Cake That Brews Itself recipe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

It’s all thanks to the secret ingredient of freshly ground coffee, which infuses the cake batter with a rich and robust flavor. And instead of using regular hot brewed coffee, we’ve opted for cold-brewed coffee, which has a smooth and mellow taste that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the cake.

On top of that, this recipe is a breeze to make. The batter comes together easily and bakes into a tender, crumbly cake that will have everyone begging for seconds. It’s perfect for an indulgent breakfast or as an afternoon treat alongside your favorite cup of tea or coffee.

So whether you’re a die-hard coffee addict or just looking for something new to try in the kitchen, our Coffee Cake That Brews Itself is sure to become a new tradition in your recipe book.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself
The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself

Are you an avid coffee lover with a sweet tooth? Then you’re going to love this Coffee Cake That Brews Itself! Imagine waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a warm, delicious slice of cake on the side – all without any effort. Yes, that’s right! This coffee cake recipe is not only easy to make but also brews its own coffee as it bakes.

I know what you might be thinking – how could anyone resist a hot slice of buttery crumb cake paired with a freshly brewed cup of coffee? Well, this recipe takes it one step further by infusing the coffee flavor into every bite.

Not only does this unique twist make for a flavorful treat, but it’s also hassle-free. No need to spend time waiting for your cold brew to steep or rushing to make your morning coffee before heading out for the day. Instead, this coffee cake recipe allows you to have your caffeine fix and dessert in one go.

And let’s not forget about the versatility of this recipe! It’s perfect for serving alongside coffee or tea and can even be enjoyed as an afternoon snack. Plus, with the option to substitute ingredients or switch up flavors, there’s endless potential for experimenting with new traditions.

So whether you’re a devoted coffee addict or just looking for an easy and delicious way to satisfy your sweet cravings, this Coffee Cake That Brews Itself is worth trying out. Trust me – you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to brew the perfect coffee cake!
Get ready to brew the perfect coffee cake!

Let’s get started with the ingredient list! Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious Coffee Cake recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Ground coffee (use good quality coffee beans for a rich flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cold brew (or strongly brewed) coffee
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, at room temperature (or use shortening)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

This recipe is easy to make and takes less than an hour to bake. With these ingredients in your pantry, you are just a few steps away from making a delicious cake that will brew itself.

The Recipe How-To

 You can almost smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee just by looking at this cake.
You can almost smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee just by looking at this cake.

Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to make this delicious Coffee Cake That Brews Itself.

Ingredient List

Before we start, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cold brew or strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 and 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder


Step One: Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and lightly grease a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Step Two: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Step Three: In a small bowl, dissolve the espresso powder into the brewed coffee. Set aside.

Step Four: Using an electric mixer set to medium speed, cream the butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the sugar and continue mixing until well blended.

Step Five: Add in one egg at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg. Mix in the vanilla extract.

Step Six: With the mixer set to low speed, gradually add in half of the flour mixture until just combined. Then mix in the espresso mixture before adding in the remaining flour mixture.

Step Seven: Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step Eight: Allow cake to cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing it from pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve this tasty Coffee Cake That Brews Itself alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea at your breakfast table, or as an indulgent dessert after dinner.

Substitutions and Variations

 One bite and you're in coffee heaven.
One bite and you’re in coffee heaven.

Coffee cakes are versatile, there are plenty of options to tailor your cake to your liking. Here are some substitution ideas and variations for you to try:

– Flour: You can use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular all-purpose flour for a gluten-free version of the cake. Try almond or coconut flour for those nutty flavors.

– Sweeteners: If you don’t like using too much sugar, try honey or maple syrup as a healthier option. You could use brown sugar instead of white sugar which adds a molasses flavor to the cake.

– Shortening: Instead of shortening, replace it with an equal amount of butter.

– Coffee flavor: If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, add some brewed strong coffee or Vietnam coffee to the batter in addition to the cold brew.

– Chocolate lovers: Add some cocoa powder or chocolate chips to the batter for a chocolate coffee cake.

– Vegan version: Use vegan butter in place of unsalted butter and flax eggs as an egg replacer.

– Layered Cake: For a fancy twist on this classic recipe, double the ingredients then create two layers and put frosting between them.

– Iced Coffee Cake: Once your cake is ready, create a frosting that is half cold brew coffee and half heavy cream mixed together. Spread it on top and chill the recipe before eating.

Keep in mind that any substitutions may lead to slightly different results in texture and taste compared to the original recipe but with little experiments, you will easily find what you like best.

Serving and Pairing

 This cake is the perfect match for your morning cup of coffee.
This cake is the perfect match for your morning cup of coffee.

Now that you have your freshly-brewed coffee cake, it’s time to decide how to enjoy it. This coffee cake is a classic treat that is perfect for serving alongside coffee or tea. The flavor of the cake is rich and pairs beautifully with a nice strong coffee or a refreshing iced cold brew.

For those with a sweet tooth, consider pairing the cake with a tradition chocolate coffee or another flavored cake for an extra indulgent spread. The subtle notes of espresso in this recipe make it an ideal companion to any robust coffee, such as Vietnamese or even vegan options.

If you’re looking for a lighter option, opt for an herbal tea or even fruit-infused water. The light herbal notes will complement the richness of the cake nicely without overpowering its delicate flavors.

For a more decadent pairing, consider serving the coffee cake alongside fresh berries or whipped cream. The tartness of the berries perfectly balances out the sweetness of the cake, while the lightly whipped cream adds a delicious texture contrast.

Whether you stick to tradition and pair your coffee cake with a freshly brewed pot or mix things up with something new, this recipe will become your go-to for any occasion. With its inviting aroma and delicious taste, this coffee cake is sure to become a new family tradition on every occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 No milk or sugar needed for this sweet treat.
No milk or sugar needed for this sweet treat.

Once you’ve baked this delightful coffee cake, you may want to save it for later. After all, who wants to say goodbye to their hard work so soon? Luckily, this coffee cake recipe is perfect for preparing ahead of time and storing.

To make ahead, you can store the baked cake in an airtight container for up to three days. Just be sure to let the cake cool completely before storing it, as this will prevent condensation from forming in the container and on the cake itself. You can also store the cake in the refrigerator if you prefer a slightly firmer texture.

When it comes time to reheat, there are several options available. For a quick and easy solution, you can slice the cake and microwave each piece for 15-20 seconds until warm. Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes.

Keep in mind that reheating may cause some changes in texture, as the steam moisture may evaporate causing your crumbly coffee cake texture to become more sponge-like or rubbery.

But don’t worry! If your cake does become a little dry on top after reheating that’s okay – it just means it needs another heavenly scoop of butter, cream or whipped topping.

The beauty of this make-ahead recipe, also allows room for customization! Experiment with a variety of toppings and flavors that will complement or contrast with the coffee’s earthy aroma – Perhaps drizzling some caramel or honey ontop,new fruits that are sumptuous when grilled like pineapple etc – your imagination is your limitation.

With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh-tasting coffee cake with minimal effort!

Tips for Perfect Results

 It's like taking a sip of coffee, only in cake form.
It’s like taking a sip of coffee, only in cake form.

Making the perfect Coffee Cake That Brews Itself can be an enjoyable experience. Using high-quality ingredients and following the recipe correctly are the first steps towards success. However, as a barista and recipe developer, I’ve got some tips for perfecting this delicious cake. Read on to learn more.

Preheat Your Oven

Before you start making the coffee cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). It’s important to have your oven at the right temperature because a slow oven can result in uneven baking. An oven thermometer would also ensure that the temperature is exact.

Room-Temperature Butter

To achieve a tender crumb on this cake, I recommend using unsalted butter at room temperature. Room-temperature butter blends well with sugar, making it light and fluffy. If your butter is too cold, it will not blend properly and might result in smaller and dense crumbs.

Measuring Ingredients Correctly

Measuring accurately is crucial in achieving perfect results for a Coffee Cake That Brews Itself. For best results, use your measuring cups and spoons when measuring ingredients. A kitchen scale would help get accurate measurements for flour as well.

Use Cold Brew Coffee

The secret ingredient here is cold brew coffee – it gives this cake its unique flavor profile! Do not substitute cold brew with other types of brewed coffee or instant coffee powder – it will not yield the same result. If you want to experiment with other coffee flavors, try using flavored cold brew or espresso coffee in place of regular cold brew.

Baking Time

Do not overbake your coffee cake – overbaked cakes can become dry and unappealing. Use a toothpick or skewer to check if it’s done; insert into the center of the cake, if it comes out clear, then it’s done.

Let It Cool Before Slicing

Once you have baked the coffee cake, let it cool completely before slicing it. This will make it easier to slice and also prevent the cake from disintegrating when sliced.

Now that you know my tips for perfecting this Coffee Cake That Brews Itself recipe, I hope you’ll try making it at home!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Coffee Cake That Brews Itself recipe is an innovative and delicious twist on the classic crumb cake. With the powerful combination of ground coffee and cold brew, this cake is guaranteed to satisfy coffee lovers everywhere. The straightforward instructions and customizable variations make it a versatile treat that can suit different preferences and taste buds.

Whether enjoyed alongside coffee or tea or as a standalone dessert, this coffee cake recipe impresses with its rich flavors and airy texture. With vegan and gluten-free variations available, it’s also an inclusive treat that can be enjoyed by anyone.

So why not start a new tradition with your loved ones and indulge in some chocolate coffee cake or Vietnamese iced coffee cake? Or experiment with different flavored cake batters using the same brewing techniques. The possibilities are endless!

As a barista, my final recommendation is to take advantage of the awesome power of brewed coffee in desserts. Not only does it add depth of flavor, but it also has a unique ability to enhance other ingredients in desserts like chocolate, vanilla extract and more.

So give this recipe a try, get creative with your variations, and enjoy the sweet rewards of a delicious homemade coffee cake.

The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself

The Coffee Cake That Brews Itself Recipe

This cake is not for the faint of heart. My friends and I created this during an all-night party where we wanted to stay up. It gets stronger in the fridge, so watch out. The grounds add a subtle crunch.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 98.7 kcal


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box chocolate cake
  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • egg, as indicated on the box
  • oil, as indicated on the box
  • 1/4 cup dry ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sour cream frosting


  • Preheat the oven.
  • Grease pan and 'flour' with coffee grounds.
  • Measure out coffee in the amount of water indicated on the box.
  • Save the rest of the coffee for later.
  • Prepare cake as per box instructions but substitute coffee for water.
  • Bake.
  • While cake cools, warm frosting and mix with the remaining coffee, but don't make it too runny.
  • Frost cake.
  • Refrigerate overnight.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 52gCalories: 98.7kcalCarbohydrates: 13.9gProtein: 1.4gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 16.6mgSodium: 86.7mgFiber: 0.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Breakfast, Easy, For Large Groups, Oven, Weeknight
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