Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet.....Espresso Cake From Sarabeth

Kary from My Farmhouse Kitchen and Mary from Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes as well as myself  received Sarabeth's Bakery Cookbook for Christmas.  ( My  book was a gift from Mary.) We thought it would be fun if we all chose something we wanted to bake and then post on it for Valentine's Day.  I of course, went for the easiest thing I could find in the book.  This is what I chose.

This cake is everything a good home made cake should be.  Moist,  delicious and easy to make. Here is the recipe.

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 3 tbsp. instant espresso
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
Coffee Glaze
  • 2 tbsp. hot brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp. whole milk
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour the inside of a 10-to-12-cup fluted tube pan and tap out the excess flour.
  2. Combine the brewed coffee and espresso powder in a glass measuring cup; let cool.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.  Beat the butter in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Gradually beat in the sugar, then add the vanilla, and beat until very light in color and texture, scraping occasionally, about 4 minutes.  One at a time, beat in the yolks.  Reduce the mixer speed to low.  In thirds, starting with the flour mixture, alternating with two equals additions of the cooled coffee, beat in the flour mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.
  4. Whip the egg whites in a grease-free medium bowl with a hand held electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.  Using a silicone spatula, stir about one-fourth of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites.  Scrape the batter into a prepared pan.  Smooth the top with the spatula.
  5. Bake until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed with your fingers, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Invert and unmold the cake onto the rack set over a half-sheet pan.  Cool completely.
  7. To make the glaze, mix the brewed coffee and espresso powder in a small saucepan to dissolve the espresso.  Stir in the milk.  Add the confectioners sugar and whisk until smooth.  Place over low heat and whisk constantly until the glaze thins slightly and is warm to the touch.
  8. Transfer the glaze to a glass measuring cup.  Slowly pour the warm glaze over the cake, letting it flow into the indentations in the cake, and also down the hole in the center in the cake.  Cool completely.


  1. Now that looks YUMMY, I can almost taste it. Your photos are fabulous. Hope you enjoyed.
    Happy Valentine's Day

  2. Oh Susan... it is beautiful...i wish i was there to have a bite...wasn't this just so much FUN!!!! I really had a good time doing it...thanks mary and susan for asking me...you guys are THE BEST !!!!

    Happy Valentines Day, my friend
    Sending Love,
    Kary and Teddy

  3. OMG, this cake looks delicious! This was so much fun, coordinating with you and Kary! We'll have to plan another one! I'm sure Sarabeth would be thrilled!

    Happy Valentines Day!


  4. It looks divine! I can almost taste it....
    Happy Valentines Day! Bonnie

  5. WOW. That cake is a piece of art. Love the pictures and it look like heaven to me.

  6. Oh I love coffee! This cake sounds delicious and light. I could eat the frosting all by it's self, tehe.

  7. How yummy looking ! Love your photos. I will have to try that recipe . Have a wonderful Valentines day !

  8. That looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing. I have a bottle of espresso powder, apparently waiting for this recipe. :)

  9. what a brilliant idea!... plus that cake looks like a stunner! I love coffee cake so much, this would go down so well at home x

  10. Ooooooooh Yum!
    I shouldn't...but will.... looks too good.
    Thanks for the recipe:))
    Have a beautiful New Week!!!!

  11. What a simply gorgeous cake. It looks so light. I could take a slice off the screen.

  12. Oh my, with each picture I need to make this cake more and more! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh my, that looks scrumptuous. Susan

  14. It looks fantastic, I love the drizzle of glaze and those beautiful berries!
    LOL, I have the book, I would pick an easy one, too!

  15. Wow how yummy, you are such a good baker and your stuff always comes out so picture perfect. I would eat the whole cake I think. My favorite flavors.

  16. Oooh that does look good. I am a terrible baker but it looks so good I might get brave to try this one.
    Thanks for your sweet comment today too!

  17. THis looks soooo good.I'm going to give it a try.

  18. That looks really good. You can almost see that it's really moist.

  19. I just came over from Kary's blog- what a great idea! Your cake looks scrumptious. :)

  20. That looks really good! Can almost imagine how it taste's!!!

  21. The icing is like art. Beautiful, truly! Yum, yummy!

  22. WOW beautiful and delicious cake! Have a nice day

  23. Happy Valentines Day!
    That cake looks so yummy and I love that shape.I will have to get baking.
    Enjoy your day.
    Bellaboo X

  24. That looks positively delicious. Love the flavor of coffee in almost anything! Pretty to look at too. Thanks for this one!

  25. Wow, I am surely going to go bake this cake! I was looking for just the right inspiration this morning for our Velentines Day celebration later. Thanks!


  26. I discovered your from Acorn Hollow and I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit me too. Happy Valentine's Day!!

    Susan and Bentley

  27. Oh forgive me Lord, that looks just marvelously sinful!!!! Bite...NOW!!!

    Sorry, I'm hungry and my tummy's rumblin'!

    God bless and have a fantastic Valentine's Day!!!

  28. The cake looks scrumptious. Somehow I have missed this book. I am on my to Amazon!

    Happy Valentine's Day.


  29. I love coffee cake - one of my favourites. This looks delicious.

  30. Okay... now I am sweetly inspired! Thank you!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  31. This looks so yummy! I'm going to have to not visit you ladies and your wonderful recipes ...they're all so tempting!

    Kat :)

  32. I have this book and I love everything in her book. Got to start trying out her recipes. This cake is a great one to start.

  33. Now that looks dewishous. I was telling Ocean Breezes that I have the Sarabeth cookbook at my bedside table, for inspiration and dreaming.
    I love the way you applied the frosting.
    bella is so sweet.

  34. Now I've seen all three posts with all three Sarabeth recipes and they all look fantastic!What a brilliant idea!
    I love coffee cake so I will def have to try this one - it looks yummy the way you've decorated it with strawberries!

    Gill x

  35. What a perfect Valentine's Day dessert, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  36. I Love reading your blog and I have awarded you a stylish Blogger award check it out at www.cupcakesmile.blogspot.com

  37. I got that book for Christmas too!!....I always eat at Sarabeth's when I'm in NYC...I haven't baked anything from it yet but I am going to start with her current scones....the cake looks great!

  38. Hello, I just found your blog and loved this cake.
    I also have 3 children, 3 boys to be exact,I'll be coming back to browse your blog and check your recipes.




  39. Susan, what a beautiful cake! Coffee as the flavoring ... genius! Bet that cook book was one of the favorite gifts at holiday time!

    While I'm here I want to award you a Stylish Blogger Award! I really love visiting your blog and am always impressed by your photography and layout!

    You can pick it up here, if you decide to play along and pass it on to your 'new favorites' !


  40. Hi, just discovered your blog, you have lovely recipes here! The cake looks fabulous!

  41. The cake is beautiful...and I love the way you have drizzled that icing on ...so artistic. i am super glad I stopped by. You have a charming and delicious corner here.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  42. What a sweet blog and what a fantastic cake!
    Am happy to find ya!
    And i am in love with Sarabeths cook book too:-)
    isnt it fun to bake together n post about it ?
    Sure has some fantastic recipes there !

  43. It seems to be veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy goooooooooooooooooooooood!!!! Have a GREAT Sunday, hugs and blessings, Flavia

  44. Oh my, this is beautiful and it sounds fabulous. What a neat idea to all post on an item for VAlentine’s Day--love that. Can you ship me a piece friend? :)

  45. My beloved will love this cake - I hope it turns out like yours!

  46. I do wish I was a bit more familiar with your cup sizes. I have a tin that shape. Any coffee cake would be a favourite of mine. Yours looks great! x


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...