Hello all my coffee worshiping friends! What’s better than a steamy, frothy cup of cappuccino on a chilly fall afternoon? A steamy, frothy cup of cappuccino WITH a slice of my fluffy, rich, decadent cappuccino cake of course!
If you’re like me and really want to go all out you can top your rich, decadent cappuccino cake off with a divine salted bourbon caramel Swiss buttercream, dripping puddles of salted bourbon caramel sauce AND hazelnut caramel cream puffs! Now if that doesn’t float your boat then I just don’t know if we can be friends! Well ok, maybe we can be friends, but just to warn you, I’m the kind of friend that corrupts you with decadent treats. Seriously though, if you are a coffee lover you really should try this cake! Not surprisingly, it’s one of my most popular wedding cake flavors.
Now aren’t you just dying to sink your teeth onto that?!
Pssstttt! you can get the recipe for my famous Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce recipe here!
COFFEE ALL THE THINGS!!
Really, I will try to put coffee flavor in just about anything, mmmmm…
Coffee is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. Not only because I think I would cease to exist without it. To give you a little insight on my affection for all things coffee I’m going to share with you something I wrote for part of a writing challenge during a blogging course I took. We were asked to make a list of our 10 favorite ingredients that we couldn’t live without if dropped on a deserted island. Then we had to pick one of those ingredients and write about why it’s our favorite. This is what I wrote:
If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one thing on my top 10 foods list, hands down I would pick coffee. In a heart beat. No questions asked. Yes, all the adages apply. Coffee is life, coffee runs in my veins etc. Funny thing is, I don’t actually drink a ton of coffee. But it is essential. One cup in the morning to get me going and a cup in the afternoon to keep me going. Coffee is my gas, it is my go juice.
It all started with my grandparents. I can remember as a very small child sitting at the old wooden farmhouse style breakfast table in the kitchen. I had a little red Mexican style child’s chair that they set on a kitchen chair to boost me up so my chin wasn’t hitting the table with every chew. It had yellow flowers painted on it with a worn wicker seat and back rest. Grandpa sitting next to me with his newspaper and his mug of steaming, black coffee, no sugar no cream. Just pure, unadulterated goodness. Grandma in front of the stove frying up bacon and flipping buttermilk pancakes.
But it was the smell of the dark, black coffee in grandpa’s cup that I loved. I always got my tiny little A&W root beer mug half full of milky coffee. It was only 2 inches tall and three quarters milk, one quarter coffee. But it made me feel like an adult to be sitting with grandpa sipping coffee together in the bright morning sunshine. The rich, nutty aroma steaming up to tickle my nose.
To me coffee smells like morning. It smells like golden, early morning sunshine slanting in the kitchen window. It smells like yawning and stretching and taking a deep breath, the sleep fading from your muscles and energy coursing up through your veins. To me, coffee smells like a fresh new day, a new beginning. If I could only use one word to describe the smell of coffee it would be ALIVE. I could ALMOST get away with just smelling it and not even drinking a drop. Almost.
Here is a little meme I created a few years ago. See, I told you I coffee all the things. Even memes.
Now, how about some light as air, melt in our mouth, hazelnut creampuffs smothered with crunchy hazelnut caramel?
Ok I am being a tease now, Because you are going to have to stay tuned for that recipe. See how I sucked you in and now you will need to subscribe so you can get notified when my next recipe comes out? Tricky huh? But really, I plan on doing a whole series on flavored cream puffs. Like these! And chocolate creampuffs filled with peppermint whipped cream dipped in peppermint ganache… and pumpkin spice cream puffs… and huckleberry mousse creampuffs… oh it’s a long and yummy list. All you need to do is subscribe and you will be the first to know when I post new recipes!!
Oh and here is my favorite ingredient for getting that deep, rich, luscious coffee flavor in all my desserts! This stuff is da bomb!
Also here are a few little tips that may come in handy in your baking process
Evenly dividing you cake batter into your cake pans
And now, without further ado, let’s get to this cake recipe!
HAPPY BAKING FRIENDS!!
Have a Sweet Day!