Kahlua Coffee Cake
Heavenly Kahlua Coffee Cake with crumble topping. A breakfast treat you won’t be able to resist!
Coffee cake always reminds me of grandmothers and childhood.
Simple and moist, these cakes are generally layered with cinnamon and nuts, then topped with a crumbly crust. Casual, yet decadent.
Coffee cake is the perfect cake to nibble while sipping tea or coffee at grandma’s kitchen table, pouring out your adventures (or whoas) from the day.
This rustic utilitarian style treat provides unassuming comfort that feels like a warm hug.
Growing up, it seemed every church or neighborhood event would inspire someone to bring a coffee cake. Usually a sweet elderly lady.
I don’t think anyone would have ever refused, and they were always gone by the end of the event.
Nowadays I crave coffee cake when I’m feeling down, or need to get something off my chest. Just a taste makes me feel at ease, as if grandma were still around to listen to my problems.
Today’s variation is a simple sour cream coffee cake with a surprise element… Kahlua coffee liquor glaze.
I layered the cake batter in a pan, sprinkling a cinnamon-pecan mixture between each layer of batter. Then I mixed the last of the pecan mixture with a little butter and flour to make a crumb topping.
After the crumble is sprinkled over the top, the Kahlua Coffee Cake bakes into fluffy tender layers of goodness with a crusty surface.
As if that weren’t enough, a sweet Kahlua glaze is drizzled over the top to seep down into the cake, creating pockets of boozy coffee essence!
Kahlua Coffee Cake is a marvelous treat to serve as a naughty breakfast or brunch, as an after-school snack, or as a casual dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Or… serve this Kahlua Coffee Cake like grandma would have, with a cup of coffee (or cold milk) and a big hug.
Kahlua Coffee Cake
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups sour cream (could use low fat)
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Kahlua coffee liquor
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix 2 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Then melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter and mix into the batter. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Spread 1/3 of the batter in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Then sprinkle 1/3 of the pecan mixture over the batter. Repeat with another 1/3 of the batter followed by the nut mixture. Then spread the last of the batter over the top.
- To the remaining 1/3 of the pecan mixture, add 1/4 cup flour. Cut the last 3 tablespoons of butter into cubes and mix into the nut mixture by hand, creating small chunky pebbles of dough. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the surface of the cake.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, poke holes over the surface of the cake for the glaze. Whisk the Kahlua and powdered sugar together in a small bowl, then drizzle over the surface while the cake is still warm. Allow the cake to cool and the glaze to harden. Cut and serve.
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