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Aug 17, 2009 09:15 AM

SPANISH Coffee Cake - Just heard of it - would like recipe

I met a nice old lady yesterday who told me she makes Spanish Coffee Cakes. I had only heard of regular coffee cakes so I asked her what made them "Spanish" She said she uses different spices like cinnamon, cardamon, saffron and nutmeg etc.

That sounded great! So I Googled it to see if I could get a recipe. (Should have asked for hers, but time did not permit) ... I am looking at a list of "Spanish Coffee Cake" recipes and I DON'T EVEN SEE
ONE (!) that looks any different than regular coffee cake. I am serious. One lady only puts 2 different kinds of sugar, Crisco, nuts and cinnamon in hers and call it "Spanish" WHAT??!!

I am really confused!

Does anyone have a recipe (even if it only has cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon I'll be happy!!)

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  1. Here's one
    I'm sure you can spice this to your won liking.

    2 Replies
    1. re: fmed

      That's the thing ... I DON"T KNOW HOW to "spice it up"! I have no idea how to measure out the ingredients. No offense, but if I did I wouldn't have bothered asking for a recipe on here. (Thank you though, I do appreciate it)

      Maybe the lady made up her own recipe (?) ... I didn't realize this would be so hard! But I am even more confused because I can't for the life of me figure out the difference of Spanish Coffee Cake to Regular (based on the recipes I see) It's just weird!

      1. re: boisenewbie

        I doubt that you will find a canonical recipe for this cake. If she has been making this cake for years, then she will, more than likely, have her own spice ratio. If I was going to make it, I would spice it up in a 1:1:1:1:etc....ratio (eg 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, saffron, orange peel, whatever...)...bake it, then see how it tastes. Modify it next time around if you think you can make it better (and thus, make it your own).

        I'm guessing the use of spices frequently used in Morroco makes it "Spanish." (Spain was indeliby influenced by the Moors).

    2. Try googling spice cake.

        1. re: HillJ

          I can definitely work with this one! THANKS!

          1. re: HillJ

            I made this over my weekend, with mixed results. I wanted a Scandinavian twist, so I added cardamom to the batter. I used SoftasSilk flour, and while it was a very soft crumb (which I liked) it was VERY moist. As in wet condensation when I later put foil on it to keep fresh.. Therefore, I must have undercooked it for about 1-2 minutes. The toothpick came out clean, but I also did a BIIIG boo-boo!

            I read the instructions wrong, and didn't melt the butter for making the crumb topping. I made a incorperated "meal" out of it, like I do for scone making. BAD IDEA, and did I learn! The sorry topping just sank into the batter, and was just BLAH. I think it may have to do with my error. A very good flavor to it, but my screw-up was to blame for everything else.

            1. re: Honeychan

              Honeychain give the recipe another try. There are plenty of Spanish Coffee Cake recipes but if you really wanted a Scandinavian twist I would have supplied another recipe.

              1. re: HillJ

                Oh, I will try it again, with no worries. I know what I did wrong, and it wasen't the recipie's fault. I liked the ease of the batter, and the flavor was great.