Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gluten Free Pumpkin Oat Coffee Cake w/Apple Topping

If you've visited my other blog, Soak the Beans, then you may know that at one time my oldest son and I were on a gluten free diet. Although we're no longer gluten free I do sympathize with my gf friends. This coffee cake is gluten free, egg free, dairy free, and soy free, but not fat free, sugar free, or calorie free. ☺ It goes without saying that you must make sure that your oat flour is gluten free. One way to do this is to make your own oat flour by grinding up gluten free oats in a blender or a food processor until it's the consistency of flour.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Espresso Swirl Coffee Cake w/Mocha Icing

So, after purchasing the Medaglia D'Oro for the Mocha Coffee Cake,  I realized that I needed more recipes that used powdered espresso. Espresso swirl sounded good. So, if you want a mocha-flavored cake but the mocha cake is too much for you, then try this one. It's a basic vanilla sour cream coffee cake with an espresso swirl and a mocha icing. Delicious, but not necessarily nutritious.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Granola Bar Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is a variation of the Coconut Coffee Cake w/Chocolate Icing. I like granola bars that have chocolate chips and coconut in them. So, I used the basic cake recipe from Coconut Coffee Cake and I tweaked the topping. While I don't necessarily think that granola bars are healthy, I do enjoy them every so often with yogurt. I think a dollop of Greek yogurt would be perfect with this cake.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mocha Walnut Coffee Cake w/Espresso Icing

If people can eat chocolate muffins then they should have no trouble eating a chocolate coffee cake. OK, a mocha coffee cake. I used Medaglia D'Oro espresso powder (a.k.a instant espresso) because quite frankly, it was easier to adjust the taste than if I had brewed a cup of coffee. Also, espresso powder can be used in other baked goods or for making espresso ice cream.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Honey Lemon Coffee Cake w/Honey Lemon Icing

I like honey lemonade and honey lemon cough drops, so I thought why not a honey lemon cake. It's got a subtle lemon flavor and would go well with either coffee in the morning or lemonade in the afternoon. I don't ordinarily bake with honey because (1) honey is expensive and (2) I find that baked goods made with honey are, surprisingly, not very sweet. Maybe I'm just too used to refined sugar. Anyway, note the reduced oven temperature. Baked goods with honey tend to brown more quickly than those made with sugar.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Triple Almond Coffee Cake

Instead of plain ol' vanilla, it's plain ol' almond - times three. Almond extract, almond paste and of course, almonds give this cake it's almond flavor. If you don't have almond extract, go ahead and use vanilla. Notice that the topping will actually go into the bottom of the pan since it's a bundt pan. Because the sugar in the topping will be extra gooey, make sure that the pan is well greased.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lemon Berry Coffee Cake w/Lemon Curd Icing

It's mid-summer and I realized that I needed more lemony recipes. Lemons, berries, and buttermilk just scream "summer". OK, maybe not so much the buttermilk, but all three of them are perfect in a summer coffee cake. In spite of the fancy lemon curd, this is not a delicate cake. The words "old-fashioned", "country" and "picnic cake" come to mind when describing this cake. Ain't nothing wrong with that.
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