Coffee Cakes

Preparation info
  • Two 9 inch

    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 2009

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Some coffee cakes are made using baking powder, like quick breads, but this yeast-risen coffee cake is a little like a cross between bread and cake. This recipe contains 5 components—a breadlike sponge mixture, a cake batter, and a streusel topping.



  • ½ Cup milk, barely warmed
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (see sidebar)


To make the sponge, pour the milk into a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes, or until at least doubled in volume.

To make the batter, while the sponge is rising, cream the butter, sugar, and salt in a food processor, with a mixer,