Coffee Cake with Coffee Icing Recipe

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By: Madeleine Ignon

As I was foggily making coffee this morning, I noticed that the grounds-fresh out of the grinder-looked a lot like chocolate cake. Hence my inspiration to make coffee cake made of actual coffee rather than cinnamon crumbles. The cake itself is not too sweet, so the icing on top makes a delicious accent.

If you like coffee, you will love this cake. Although maybe skip the cup of coffee to go with it if you are sensitive to caffeine.

Adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Photos: Madeleine Ignon

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1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup freshly ground coffee
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
chocolate chips and whipped cream for garnish

3 tsp freshly ground coffee
2 heaping tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp corn starch
2-3 tsp milk
1 tbsp boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, vanilla extract, salt, and canola oil. In a separate bowl, combine the coffee and boiling water and stir, then add that to the large bowl.
  2. Butter a cake dish-I used a 9×12 bread pan-and pour the batter in. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  3. While the cake cools, you can prepare the icing. In a small pan, combine all the icing ingredients except for the boiling water and stir until they are all incorporated. Be careful not to burn the sugar. Let cool, then add the water to make it less thick. Drizzle over cooled cake, and add chocolate chips and whipped cream to your heart’s content!