A Mexican crumb cake or coffeecake is swirled with cinnamon and chocolate.  With the right cinnamon and chocolate combination and a good, fairly dense cake, it can be luscious. 

Full-Coffee-Cake2You can use your favorite coffeecake or crumb cake recipe as long as it is not too light and airy.  If the batter is too light, the sugar in the filling, as it heats, will turn to liquid and drop through the batter.  Most coffeecake recipes will be dense enough.

We’ve been serving ours with Bavarian cream, a cinnamon syrup, and flavored whipped cream-usually cinnamon brown sugar whipped cream or caramel whipped cream.  It’s so good, we turned ours into a mix.

Today, we’ll give you the recipes for a coffeecake, the filling, a cinnamon dessert sauce, and the whipped cream.

Dutch Sour Cream Coffeecake

2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sour cream
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups filling (recipe follows)

Directions
Prepare a 9 by 13-inch baking pan by greasing well.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer until frothy. 
  2. Add the sugar, melted butter, and vanilla and continue beating until smooth and light.  Beat in the sour cream.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, leavenings, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients and mix with a spatula until combined. 
  5. Spread half the batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle half the filling over the batter.  Spoon the remaining batter over the layer of filling.  Sprinkle the remaining half of the filling over the top of the battier.  You will have a layer of batter, a layer of filing, a layer of batter, and a final layer of filling on the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cake tests done. 

 

Full-Coffee-Cake4The Chocolate Cinnamon Filling

Mix together:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

 

The Cinnamon Dessert Sauce

We love both Lyons Cinnamon Dessert Sauce and Lawford’s Private Reserve Cinnamon Cream Syrup. They are very different.  Lawford’s is made with cream and is very much like a caramel sauce with cinnamon added.  Lyon’s is more of a clear base with Vietnamese cinnamon added.  Vietnamese cinnamon is very different than the Cassia cinnamon we are accustomed too- I love it!

Full-Coffee-Cake3We went to work in the test kitchen to make a cinnamon dessert sauce like Lyon’s.  This is quite close.

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons butter

  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Stir in the water until smooth.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and slightly thickens. Remove from heat, add the butter, and stir in the vanilla extract.

 

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon brown sugar flavor
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar, cinnamon, and flavor and continuing whipping until it reaches the desired consistency.

 Dennis Weaver is the founder of  The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Bake, a 250 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Bake  here.