Caramelized Coffee Cake with Magical Mystical Maple Frosting

espressocakeI decided to make this cake up today on a whim, and it turned out deliciously! Mr. S seems particularly pleased, which is huge, because he isn’t a dessert person. He has always been especially fond of my magical mystical maple frosting, which I usually put on my old fashioned doughnuts. And what do we have with doughnuts? Why coffee, of course! So this is my riff on coffee and donuts. Enjoy! 


CARAMELIZED COFFEE CAKE WITH MAPLE FROSTING

For the cake: 

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup fresh coffee
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

For the Frosting: 


Heat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC), and grease and lightly flour a round springform cake pan. Mix your dry ingredients together, and add your wet ingredients one at a time, adding your buttermilk and vinegar last. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. It will have a caramelized top. Cool completely on a baking rack.

Meanwhile, for your frosting, in a medium-small pot, whisk your flour, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, dissolve your cornstarch in a little of the milk, stirring with a fork until there are absolutely no lumps. Over medium heat, add your milk to the pot, and the maple syrup. Finally, add your cornstarch, and whisk until the whole mixture becomes extremely thick and holds its shape for a few seconds. You’ll know it is done when your arm hurts, and you’re really bored of whisking. Pour into a bowl and put in the freezer (but don’t actually let it freeze!).

Once your cake and your frosting base has cooled to room temperature, whip your butter, vanilla and frosting base with a mixer, until it is super light and airy. If you are baking for guests, you can add a crumb coat and chill your cake for 30 minutes before adding a second coating, and piping or any other decor (I think a little maple sugar leaf candy would be really cute), but I didn’t bother because I’m a lazy bitch.

WEIRD TIP

I tried putting a few potato chips on the top of my last few bites, and it was really quite good…

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