coffee cake


Definition of coffee cake

: a sweet rich bread often with added fruit, nuts, and spices that is sometimes glazed after baking

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Start your morning with a cinnamon cream brioche, topped with crème fraîche and cinnamon sugar, or an old-fashioned sour cream coffee cake, rich with brown sugar-pecan-cinnamon swirl. Fox News, "Best bakeries in America," 25 Feb. 2016 This super simple coffee cake is Tyra Banks's family recipe. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Great-Grannie's Old Fashioned Coffee Cake," 3 Sep. 2015 Kick off brunch by splitting the house pastries—like a sourdough doughnut with squash pastry creme and pear and cranberry coffee cake—before moving on to mains. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Brunch in Chicago," 3 Mar. 2018 In the Baltimore area, McDonald's tried offering coffee cake and 160-calorie blueberry muffin tops. Leslie Patton,, "McDonald's wants to win breakfast by selling the best part of the muffin," 26 June 2018 Alongside their muffin toppers, the brand plans to launch coffee cakes, cookies, and apple pies with lattice crusts that are baked in house. Madison Roberts,, "McDonald's Takes a Cue from Seinfeld and Will Start Serving Muffin Tops," 27 June 2018 In some McDonald's test markets, including Baltimore, the fast-food chain is offering products like coffee cake and 160-calorie blueberry muffin tops. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "In plot right out of 'Seinfeld' episode McDonald's selling muffin tops in some test markets," 27 June 2018 Caramel mousse for coffee cake is next on her list. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 The menu will include crabmeat maison, oysters en brochette, trout amandine and coffee cake bread pudding. Todd A. Price,, "Carrollton Market cooks haute Creole for next Todd Price Taste Club," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of coffee cake

1865, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of coffee cake

US : a sweet, rich bread usually made with fruit, nuts, and spices and often eaten with coffee

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