Cinnamon and Ginger Coffee Cake

Yummy cake with yummy coffee

Our morning cup of piping hot coffee is vital here in these fiery pits. A morning simply cannot start until we have had at least one cup of our caffeinated beauty. And this cake pairs perfectly with the taste and body of a good cup of coffee. The flavor isn’t too strong to war with the coffee, yet it has enough of a bite to survive on its own as well for the freaks who don’t drink

I ate the entire pan

this nectar of the devil. You impatient humans may be tempted to eat this cake fresh and steaming right out of the fires, while it tastes good this way the cake is sumptuous as breakfast the next morning. This cake feeds about 10 or just two minutes by the coffee pot. Griffins make fast work of anything with coffee.

The Recipe

The Ingredients

The Topping

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 cup melted butter

The Cake

  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

The Directions

  1. For the topping, mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and ginger) in a bowl. Stir in butter until moist clumps appear. Set aside
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 13×9 pan. (No smaller as cake will fill entire pan)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and allspice.
  4. In another separate bowl beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy (2-3 min).
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Add sour cream, milk and vanilla. Add flour mix.
  6. Pour half of cake batter into the pan. Spoon 1 cup topping evenly overtop batter. Pour remaining batter into pan and smooth. Top with remaining topping.
  7. Bake 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

The Outcome

As we briefly warn you in the directions, this cake will near double in size so don’t worry, that extra room in the pan will disappear. This cake is nice and delicious and moister than most people think it will be. The topping gives the cake a nice crunch or added texture. The cake is lightly sweet with a nice tang, which as we have said, pairs extremely well with coffee. We like to make it the night before so that it’s ready when we wake up for breakfast. Of course that means we have to have a few dragons stand guard over the cake to make sure it isstill there in the morning. That’s the price you pay for making such an in demand cake.

It’s all gone!

Kaffee und Kuchen

The Tradition

Long before we decided that we needed to make a cake specifically for coffee, the Germans were enjoying kaffee und kuchen, coffee and cake. Around three-four in the afternoon people would gather at a cafe or at home, with friends and family to enjoy a tasty slice of cake and a good cup of coffee. Of course if you don’t like coffee, you can always have tea instead though kaffee or tea und kuchen just doesn’t roll off the forked tongue as well.

Look at the colors!

The type of cake eaten doesn’t matter. Whatever delicious form of baked goodness you feel like eating on that random day at three, given you have access to it, can be consumed. More traditionally, people tend to eat classical German cake, of which there is still a vast array of tasty options. Traditional German cakes do have less sugar and more butter though.

The History

So… ya… important stuff…

Back in the 17th century, which I hear is a long time ago for you humans, women in Germany were not to drink coffee. It was deemed ‘unladylike.’ As such, women were not allowed in coffee houses either, places where men held conversation about politics, the economy, trade, culture, and networking.

As everyone knows, women don’t like being told what they cannot do. So they said screw you and started kaffee und kuchen, a chance for them to do everything the men were doing with the addition of cake. And we all know cake makes everything better. eventually women were allowed in coffee shops but the tradition still goes on. Usually, it has been limited to Sunday afternoons when people have more free time.

Yum