Coffee Cake

24 Mar

This Coffee Cake is adapted from Pioneer Woman’s Food from my Frontier cookbook. The recipe is also on her website. It’s made with lots of instant coffee in it so it’s really a Coffee Cake, not the plain type of coffee cake. The instant coffee you use in this cake really influence the flavour so it’s best you use one that you like. I used UCC Instant Coffee Blend No.117 left behind by my parents which has this sour-ish aftertaste (which is why I don’t like drinking instant coffee!) and it didn’t impart a rich coffee flavour to the cake.

I halved the recipe and made the cake in a 6″ round pan, and I’m not sure if that has any impact on the texture of the cake but I’m not crazy about it. It could also be due to the one-bowl mixing method.

The coffee icing is a new update to the icing she used on her blog post. She creamed the butter in that one while this one the butter is melted. Again, I halved the recipe but used only 1/4 of the powdered sugar as it was too sweet when I tasted it. I had to add unsweetened cocoa to make it less sweet and that’s why my icing is darker in colour compared to hers. (The second sign that her sweets recipes will be too sweet for my taste is from her latest blog post where she said she found Starbucks’ lemon poppyseed ‘delightful and delicious’ while I found it too sweet with the icing to finish!)

Coffee Icing
(From Food from my Frontier)

3/4 cup butter
2 T instant coffee
4 T half-and-half
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add in the instant coffee. Stir it together, then add the half-and-half and whisk to combine. Turn off the heat and add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk till the sugar has dissolved and the icing is smooth. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle the icing over the cake.


What I think of the cookbook? Well, I wouldn’t buy it as I found three of the recipes that I would make from it on her website. She also gives more instructions there as she’s not restricted by space. However, if you’re a fan of Pioneer Woman and you’re always making her recipes, this cookbook will be convenient. She has included new recipes as well as updates to some of her old ones. This Coffee Cake, for instance, has been updated with a creamy (cream cheese) filling between the layers and a different icing. There are also awesome pictures of her family and farm throughout the book with humorous captions. If you love PW, you’ll love it!


Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Baking, Food


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9 responses to “Coffee Cake

  1. Three-Cookies

    March 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Sounds like she has a very sweet tooth. I’ve noticed that for many recipes I can reduce the amount of sugar by 25%, or even more sometimes, and it turns out with the right amount of sweetness.

  2. Jasline

    March 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I absolutely love Pioneer Woman, she’s so witty and cute and funny! (: Your cake looks delish!

  3. kitchen flavours

    March 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I have not tried any of her recipes yet, but from what I read in bloggerland, everyone seems to rave about her recipes, maybe her cooking is much better than her bakes. Yes, I do not like overly sweet desserts too, it will be like eating flavoured sugar!! 🙂
    Your cake looks really good with the choc frosting!! Have a lovely week!

    • Life is Full

      March 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Reviews are so subjective. The only way to be sure is to test the recipes yourself! 🙂
      Thanks and hope you have a good week too!

  4. yummychunklet

    March 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

    What a fantastic looking glaze! Great post!

  5. Betty

    April 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I’d love to dip my finger into that glaze. 🙂 I haven’t tried this recipe of hers, but I do love coffee in my chocolate cake. I have her first cookbook, that I’ve made a couple of things from. I got this one for my nephew’s new bride who is just learning to cook. PW’s books do have lots of photos and good instructions for beginning cooks!

    • Life is Full

      April 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Yes, I do agree it’s good for beginning cooks! 🙂

  6. Choc Chip Uru

    April 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    This coffee cake looks divine! You had my attention from the first shot 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


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