THE STORY OF COFFEE CAKE

The story of coffee cake

We all love a good piece of coffee cake with a big cup of coffee, but, have you ever wondered where it came from?
There is no actual evidence that coffee cake was made in 17th century Europe. Previous to that, coffee had not reached Europe so no coffee cake can be considered to have existed before that period. The first ones are thought to have originated in Germany. These were more like sweet breads than cakes. Almost immediately, the modern style of cakes came into view and they were filled with nuts and fruit, topped with icing or Streusel. Nowadays, the great assortment of coffee cakes even makes it hard to decide the best one for breakfast or brunch.

For some reason, the Dutch and Germans in New York, New Jersey and Delaware became particularly famous for their coffee cakes. Their recipes from the colonial times are very similar to those used today. Meanwhile Scandinavians had introduced their versions as well as the concept of the coffee break for which we are all ever grateful. The British have their own version that includes toffee.

By 1879, coffee cakes were well-known in America and there were already countless recipes for crumb cakes, streusel cakes and streusel/crumb-cake combinations. Streusel cakes have that swirl of cinnamon/brown sugar throughout the center while crumb cakes have a topping of crumbly flour, sugar and butter and cinnamon. However, food purists know that most Americans have these terms confused. Streusel (pronounced STROI-zuhl in German) means “granules” and actually refers to the crumb topping, not the swirl. Whichever way you pronounce it, the effect is still the same, delicious!

Coffee Cake and Health

Despite the fact that most will see coffee cake as a high-carb dessert, it is possibly less known that coffee cakes with whole grains and berries, which are sources of disease-fighting antioxidants, are helpful to good health. It is a precondition of making any decision that you have sufficient knowledge about that field. And now that you have read this composition about coffee cake, you must be able to make the right decisions.
So there you have it, the story of how coffee cakes came to be the popular cake that we like today. Now I don’t know about you but suddenly we have this urge to get some coffee cake!

So there you have it, the story of how coffee cakes came to be the popular cake that we like today. Now I don’t know about you but suddenly we have this urge to get some coffee cake!

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