Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Disclaimer... there were no actual candy canes used in the making of this Candy Cane Coffee Cake. It's just the shape people! If you don't have opportunity to make this for the holiday season this year, you should save it for next season. It's impressive and delicious.

Here's the how to:

Make the dough (following the directions), and separate into three equal parts. Yes, this recipe makes 3 candy cane coffee cakes. I'm not really quite sure how you would cut the recipe into thirds to just make one... so just go ahead and make three- give two away to neighbors as gifts and keep one for yourself!

Roll the dough into a rectangle. This dough is easy to work with. It's incredibly forgiving, and it actually moves where you want it to go (this is coming from someone who can't make pie crust to save her life).

Spread this wonderful raspberry filling (you'll make this too, but don't worry... it's really simple) down the middle. You can use any sort of favorite filling, but since this is a candy cane coffee cake, red fillings will look best.

Cut half-inch strips with a sharp, thin knife along each side of the filling.

Cross strips over the middle in a weave fashion- one side and then the other, etc.

Keep weaving all the way up. Tuck in the ends.

Gently stretch the whole weaved dough into a longer piece. (Again, the dough is really easy to work with and shouldn't fall apart.) Turn the upper portion to form the top of the candy cane. Gently move the dough around until it looks the way you want.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size.

Bake for a short 15 minutes.

Drizzle an almond-flavored glaze over the warm cakes.

Let the glaze harden and wrap a little festive ribbon around the cane.

I made two of these and took them to a holiday brunch. I had the opportunity to taste it and it was quite delicious. And there were all kinds of ohhhs and ahhhs from the women at the brunch! It does turn out to be quite adorable, doesn't it?

The third cake I covered and refrigerated overnight (pre-rising). I took it out in the morning, let it rise, baked it up and dropped it off for the teachers at school. Good to know that you can do the delayed rise on this.

Hope your holiday preparations are going well at this point! Check my recent blog posts for tons more holiday recipes.

This recipe can be found HERE.

65 comments:

Tara said...

Not only does that look YUMMY, but beautiful!!! wow! now if only mine could look like that....must try it and find out. :O)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

That is gorgeous! I find it hard to believe that you can make a cake that looks like this, but can't make a piecrust. I'll bet you totally can.

Shaheen said...

Looks sooo good! :D

Anna said...

How cute!

Elle said...

Oh my gosh, you are amazing! Those look incredible! I have to try these--I wonder if you could add cream cheese filling in there, too...

CookiePie said...

What a great idea, so fabulous and festive!!

Girl Japan said...

This is beautiful.. I bet this would make for a wonderful gift for someone special = ) Oh.. it sure is lovely..

Alexa said...

I decided that you should open your own bakery... Everything you bake is so beautiful and delicious.

Maria said...

Oh my! That is perfect for holiday parties and family gatherings! I can't wait to impress my guests with this one!

KSmith said...

I love delayed rising recipes. It helps in my classroom when I have only 45 mins to work with the kids. thanks for the great recipes I;ve used a few, altered a few for my classroom. Can't wait to see what you come up with next

Marisa said...

Oh wow--that looks awesome! I will for SURE be bookmarking this and trying it!

Kimmie said...

All that hard work paid off! What a presentation.

Happy cook said...

Wow they just look so beautiful and i love the way you have made them into candy cane shape. Real clever.

Snooky doodle said...

this surely is impressive. SO so nice !!

Laurie said...

Wow Lori! You know.. you must be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor...
Because you top my list for the BEST baker! I'm thinking about hopping in the car and heading for S.D. to beg for some of that coffee cake! It looks wonderful!
And don't you just love our weather?? I am so exited , it's finally here! :)
The clouds today are spectacular!!
Ciao!!

The Food Librarian said...

Beyond awesome and beautiful! It is amazing!!!

Robin Sue said...

Beautiful coffee cake, great idea for Christmas morning. I love that it has cardamon in it, yummy!

Kara said...

Adding the ingredients to my grocery list RIGHT now... I only hope mine comes out as beautiful as yours. I'm also hoping I can bake one the day before I need it - and then do the delayed bake for the other two. We shall see!

Dawn said...

Wow! You are so talented! I don't know if I could make mine as perfect and straight as you did. I think mine would turn into a speed bump, not a candy cane! LOL

Allie said...

This is super cute and looks yummy! Can't wait to try this for my family.

Helene said...

I like looking at all the steps. Looks great.

Laura said...

That's gorgeous--although I won't lie, it's a good thing you included the disclaimer or I would be searching for the peppermint and vaguely sad.

Jennywenny said...

That is just adorable!

noble pig said...

This is so beautiful, I really want to make this, it looks so easy.

Reeni said...

How gorgeous! And they look really delicious, raspberry filling, YUM!

Half Baked said...

Yummm!! My mom always makes something similar to this on christmas morning. Our whole family looks forward to it every year:) Beautiful!

Bunny said...

Now that's one impressive cake!! I love this, and your right you could make this and give it as gifts and they'd love you for it!

Uneekdolldesigns said...

This is a must try!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That is a marvelous 'candy cane"!

Tokyoastrogirl said...

Brilliant! I love this idea, especially since it does NOT contain any mint, ha! I can't wait to make this.......and eat it:)

Anonymous said...

You really outdid yourself today with the giant Candy Cane. It is absolutely beautiful! Why do I think it wouldn't look like that if I made it?

anudivya said...

This is a piece of art! Looks perfect!

Sharon said...

You never cease to amaze me! This looks delicious and definitely better than a real candy cane.

Megan said...

gorgeous photos! This turned out so well I'd almost feel bad eating it. Well done!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

That is simply stunning! What a gorgeous center piece for a holiday table!

Debbie said...

Wow. That is certainly impressive. It looks fantastic!

~~louise~~ said...

Stunning! Absolutely incredible!

I must save this ornamental cane of beauty for National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26th)

You are filled with talent and creativity Lori. Thank you so much for sharing...

Peter M said...

Like WHOA...really Lori - that's all - WHOA!!!

VeggieGirl said...

Lori, holy goodness - that cake is just too MAGNIFICENT!!! I'm awestruck beyond belief.

Grace said...

gracious me. i just love it when something cute is also delectable. this cake absolutely looks worth the effort. :)

Zesty Cook said...

WOW What a post!! Great Job. I am so impressed!

zesty

Parker said...

Wow that is so beautiful, the effort was well worth it.

Colleen said...

Oh wow, this looks so good! And you are quite talented!

Medena said...

OMG, that looks so delicious! A lot of work, but yummy, and feeds many! Wish I could try, maybe some other time, I don't need a special occasion to treat myself :)

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Sigh...Love That Cake!
But my daughters will attest that I can't braid anything worth a darn. Their braids looked like tangled electrical wire!

Aggie said...

It's beautiful!!! Wow!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

This is too cool.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That is one of the most festive holiday desserts I have ever seen, Lori!

Patsyk said...

That is so beautiful!

gaga said...

What a wonderful idea. It's looks so good and I'm sure it tastes good too!

Carolyn Jung said...

Super clever idea!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lori, what can I say? You did it again. Another lovely creation. They look and sound absolutely delicious.

Sara said...

This coffee cake is really beautiful, you always have the most creative ideas!

diva said...

woa that is amazing!! and so creative. i would never think something up like that. :) stunning. happy christmas! x

Aimée said...

Beautiful! Your children's teachers are so lucky!

Amanda said...

WOW! How gorgeous is that???

eliza said...

what a festive coffee cake ever! you did a very good braiding it, i'm jealous :)

Christine said...

This looks wonderful - We will try this!

Kristen said...

That is soooo pretty! I want to have a ladies brunch now just so I can have the excuse to take this. Gorgeous!

Nina Timm said...

How beautiful is this! Now wonder you got so many lovely comments! Good work!

Sophie said...

How gorgeous! Flawless and delicious job :).

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ahahah! What a cool idea! You're soooooo clever!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Wow! That looks awesome!

Gretchen Noelle said...

This is really an adorable idea!!