You might want to grab a cup of coffee before you read this…
Today I’m sharing with you a cake recipe I developed as my own spin on a Kentucky Butter Cake – with one of my favorite flavors added: Coffee! This tender butter cake is infused with home brewed coffee and then soaked in a coffee butter sauce to take it over the top. The result is one of those cakes you love to have sitting under a dome on the kitchen table when company comes by, making the afternoon one to remember as you serve up sauce soaked slices along with cups of your favorite coffee.
To make this, you’ll need: Butter Golden Cake Mix, eggs, instant vanilla pudding, coffee, cocoa powder, melted butter and one of the following: half and half, liquid coffee creamer, or heavy cream.
Note: You can customize this a bit by using a flavored creamer of your choice in place of the regular creamer if you like. I don’t often have flavored creamer but pumpkin spice has been known to make an appearance in my fridge and that would be wonderful in this.
As always, the actual measurements and instructions are in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
Coffee truly is one of my favorite flavors and I find that it is the perfect compliment to fall baking. Ricky and I make a pot of coffee twice a day so it’s usually pretty easy for me to reserve a cup or two to make treats with. (Check out my coffee cream pie by clicking here). About two years ago we discovered our favorite coffee and have found ourselves buying it every time we go to the grocery store just to make sure we don’t run out. Red Diamond Medium Roast has dethroned all other coffees for us.
We buy the huge cans for about $10 at Walmart and I usually get 4-5 cans at a time. The flavor is rich and smooth, not acidic as some coffee can be. Ricky likes a lighter brew and I like a stronger one but Red Diamond Medium meets us both where we are at and leaves us both happy. I was really excited when they contacted me and asked if they could sponsor a few posts on SouthernPlate. It’s always fun to get to work with brands you already love and use in your daily life.
To see the complete selection of coffee that Red Diamond offers, click here. I’ve tried most of them and they’re all smooth, flavorful, and the best I’ve had!
For us, coffee is a daily ritual that brings us closer and keeps us there. Click here to read more about how coffee together works to keep our marriage strong.
Place all cake ingredients into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and fully combined, about two minutes
Generously spray a good quality bundt pan with cooking spray and add batter, spread to evenly distribute. Bake this at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about ten minutes while you mix up the coffee butter sauce.
Stop and read that sentence again – I just said coffee butter sauce!
While cake is cooling, place all coffee butter sauce ingredients into a medium mixing bowl or sauce pot.
If using mixing bowl: microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
If using sauce pot: cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
Poke holes in top of cake with the tines of a fork or a wooden skewer (I use a fork because it keeps it pretty). Pour coffee sauce over cake and let cake sit in pan until it is absorbed and cake has completely cooled.
Your cake will happily drink that up!
Once it is completely cooled, turn cake out onto cake plate or platter.
Of course, I like to serve this with cups of freshly brewed coffee.
Oh my! Butter Coffee Cake in all its glory just waiting to be served!
I do believe I’ll have a bite…or two.
I hope you get to try this soon!
- 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix
- ½ cup salted butter, melted
- ½ cup Coffee (I use Red Diamond)
- ½ cup either liquid coffee creamer, half and half, or heavy cream
- 4 eggs
- 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup salted butter
- ¼ cup Red Diamond Coffee
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
- Place all cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fully incorporated and no lumps remain, scraping down sides if needed, about two minutes
- Liberally spray a good quality bundt pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into bundt pan and spread to evenly disperse. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan ten minutes
- While cake is cooling, place all coffee butter sauce ingredients into a medium mixing bowl or sauce pot. If using mixing bowl, microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
- If using sauce pot, cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
- Use a wooden skewer or fork to poke holes all in top of cake while it is still in the bundt pan. Pour hot sauce all over cake and allow to cool completely before turning cake out onto serving platter. Garnish each piece with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings if you like. Delicious with a cup of coffee!
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
~T. S. Elliot
Special thanks to my friends at Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and for being such a special part of our lives. All opinions contained herein are my own and I hereby dedicate myself to drinking as many cups of coffee in the name of partnership and recipe research. To find Red Diamond near you, visit their beautiful website and use the product locator in the top right hand side of the screen.Yum