Cook the Book Fridays: Molasses Coffee Cake from Everyday Dorie

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and is one I wasn’t sure about… right up until I tasted it but oh wow – what a cake!

With ginger, five spice, cinnamon, pepper, molasses AND coffee, this is a truly remarkable cake where all those flavours just work together so well! Dorie’s cake serves 8-10 so I used a 4-inch mini springform pan to make 1/4 of the recipe. Yep, I even used “1/4 of an egg” (I had some leftover from eggwash!).

This cake is like a cross between a coffee cake (like, one with actual coffee which many with the name don’t seem to have) and a proper gingerbread cake (pain d’épices in French). I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did (I had the one piece that you see cut in the photo and sent the rest to the neighbours because #toomanytreats in the house right now! I loved the soft, rich, warm flavours and the pronounced flavour of the coffee – from the cake as well as the white chocolate glaze. I might have overcooked mine a little as it was a tad drier than I think it’s supposed to be but the texture WAS reminiscent of proper pain d’épices so I’ll take it.

A wonderful recipe that surprised me and one I’ll keep in mind for future holiday baking!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Molasses Coffee Cake on page 261 of Everyday Dorie.

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5 thoughts on “Cook the Book Fridays: Molasses Coffee Cake from Everyday Dorie”

  1. This one surprised us too…I think molasses can be a tricky ingredient sometimes since it can overpower. This one had some zing to it though! I love the color of your glaze…that is what I was going for but I think my espresso colored it deeper brown…oh well, still tasted good haha!

  2. My was a tad too dry too but my family did not share my concern. This one was not a winner for me but my family loved it. I have also suffered from the too many treats which is why I am posting late for most things this month. Happy Holidays.


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