Everyday Dorie: Molasses Coffee Cake

December 11, 2020 at 8:07 pm | Posted in cakes & tortes, everyday dorie, groups, simple cakes, sweet things | 5 Comments
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molasses coffee cake

Although, I can assure you, a slim slice of this Molasses Coffee Cake is fabulous with a morning cuppa, it isn’t the hefty streusel-topped sour cream number you might normally think of when you hear the words “coffee cake.” This one’s like a molasses gingerbread with coffee in the batter. Five-spice powder is an interesting twist here on the typical gingerbread spicing, and that glug of coffee adds to the rich dark flavor of the molasses. The white chocolate and coffee glaze on top may be optional…but is it really? I made mine a tad thicker than the Dorie did, just by decreasing the liquid a bit, so it would stay put and hold onto the holiday sparkle I scattered on top.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of our coffee cakes this week.


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  1. Yours is perfection! I made mine a bit thicker than Dorie suggested too because I like a more obvious glaze. LOVEd this one!

  2. You were so smart to decrease the liquid! Mine was a bit thin…and also dark but tasted great. I love the look of yours and oh so festive!

  3. Are those white chocolate pearls on top of the cake? So pretty. I realize late in the game that the glaze is indispensable. I like the way your glaze drapes over the cake. Good move.

  4. I liked the thin glaze, thought it was a nice touch. And, then I saw yours which is beautiful. I think because the center falls a bit. the more substantial glaze is better. I will try that next time. And, there will be a next time. I liked this.

  5. The thicker glaze was a good idea and I agree that it really wasn’t optional. My husband sure enjoyed this with coffee. Happy Holidays.

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