This fabulously tender cake is speckled with vanilla bean and coffee granules, swirled with coffee sugar, and drizzled with a coffee glaze. If coffee is your thang, then you will LOVE this Coffee Swirl Bundt Cake!
I’m rolling up to your summer barbecue with this Coffee Swirl Cake. I’m strutting up in there like I own the place. And yeah, I do. I mean, when you confidently walk into a barbecue with a cake that’s infused with coffee, you have rightfully earned a parting of the seas. But with people.
And if there’s a parting of humans at a barbecue, someone better start a Soul Train Line.
Now flow with me, let’s talk about this Coffee Swirl Cake.
This cake has been in my head since January. The term ‘coffee cake’ has always been a bit misleading. I fully expect to taste coffee in my coffee cake and that’s never ever happened.
I debated adding a coffee infused crumb topping and decided against it for fear there wouldn’t be enough coffee flavor. Instead I added coffee granules to the cake batter with vanilla bean paste – And the coffee swirl is sugar mixed with even more coffee granules and sprinkled in between the cake batter.
The cake bakes and cools. You can eat it as is and still get a nice throat punch of coffee. I felt a coffee glaze would tie this Coffee Swirl Cake together nicely. It’s how I do.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, this cake may not be for you. Or perhaps you can enjoy it for breakfast. I don’t judge. If you’re one of those people who can drink coffee any time of day, bless your heart. I wish I were more like you, because you can enjoy this cake whenever, wherever.
Me? I’m rolling up to your barbecue with this Coffee Swirl Cake because it’s a conversation starter and is sure to provide barbecue goers a boost of energy to keep the party going.
And perhaps get that Soul Train Line started.
Coffee Swirl Bundt Cake
- For coffee sugar
- Granulated sugar - ½ cup
- Ground coffee - 2 tablespoons, heaping
- For the cake
- All-purpose flour - 3 cups, spooned then leveled
- Baking soda - ½ teaspoon
- Salt - 1 teaspoon
- Vanilla bean paste - 2 tablespoons
- Heavy cream - 3 tablespoons
- Ground coffee - 2 teaspoons
- Unsalted butter, room temperature - 1 cup (2 sticks)
- Granulated sugar - 2 ½ cups
- Sour cream - 1 cup
- Eggs, large - 6
- For the Icing
- Heavy cream or whole milk - 5 tablespoons
- Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
- Confectioners’ (powdered) sugar - 1 cup
- Ground coffee - 2 teaspoons (heaping)
Make the coffee sugar:
In a small bowl combine granulated sugar and ground coffee. Whisk quickly with a fork to combine and set aside.
Bake the pound cake:
Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and place oven rack in middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt cake pan. Shake the excess flour and set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the vanilla bean paste, heavy cream, and ground coffee. Set aside momentarily.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy over medium/high speed, about 3 minutes. Stop and scrape the mixer and add the sour cream, followed by the heavy cream/coffee mixture. Turn the mixer on and beat over medium speed until combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stop and scrape the mixer once more. Turn the mixer onto low speed and add the flour. Mix until just combined, no longer than 45 seconds.
Remove bowl from the mixer and give the batter a couple of folds, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl. Pour about 1/3 of the pound cake batter into the Bundt cake pan. Bang it a couple of times on your counter to even out the batter. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the coffee sugar over the batter. Add cake batter over the coffee sugar, followed by second half of the coffee sugar. Finally, add the remaining batter to the pan.
Place the Bundt pan in the oven and bake for about 50-55 minutes (I usually remove at around 53 minutes) until an inserted bamboo skewer or knife comes out clean. If the cake has not baked through, check every 3-5 minutes until the tester comes out clean.
Remove pan from the oven. Allow the cake to cool out of the oven for about 3 minutes or so, then gently run a knife over the edges and slowly pulling towards you to loosen the cake from the batter. Be as gentle as possible. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for another 5-10 minutes, then carefully invert in a wire rack to cool completely. While the cake is cooling, make the icing.
NOTE: Baking times do vary by altitude and climate, which is why I suggest after the suggested baking time of 50 minutes you check every 3-5 minutes to ensure the cake has baked through. Mine usually bakes at 53 minutes, but in other climates baking times can extend as long as 80 minutes.
Make the icing:
In a medium bowl, combine the heavy cream, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, and ground coffee. Whisk until combined and drizzle over the cooled cake.