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May 3, 2014

Cinnamon and Cardamom Coffee Cake Rings

Cinnamon & Cardamom Coffee Cakes | The Crafting Foodie

I love coffee cake. There's something about the buttery, bready confection that is addictive. Left unchecked, I'm pretty sure I can consume an entire cake in one go. To prevent that from happening with these beautifully flaky, buttery cinnamon cardamom coffee rings, I made them into mini-rings.

Cinnamon-Cardamom Coffee Cakes | The Crafting Foodie

I gave a bunch to friends, but before I could package them, my husband managed to consume two of them while on a conference call. (The call was on mute so his fellow callers didn't hear any munching on the call.)

Cinnamon:Cardamom Coffee Cakes | The Crafting Foodie

Cinnamon is the classic coffee cake flavor, and in this recipe, it works really well.The darker coffee cakes are the cinnamon ones, and the lighter ones are cardamom.

Cinnamon and Cardamom Ring Coffee Cakes | The Crafting Foodie

The cardamom flavor is more unique and equally delicious. I grew up eating cardamom toast. The way we made cardamom toast in our home was to first slice and toast a piece of a baguette. Once it came out of the toaster we would slather it with butter, and finally top it with a mixture of granulated sugar and ground cardamom. Even though I always wanted to eat it right away, my mom would place it on a cooling rack, and we'd eat it only once the toast was completely dry and crunchy. We'd eat the toast by dunking it in a glass of cold milk (my parents would dip it in their tea). My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Coffee Cake | The Crafting Foodie

Other than these cinnamon and cardamom coffee cake rings being delectable, they also look intricate and fancy. To be honest, these coffee cakes are super easy to put together. Here's what I did:

1 - Roll the dough into an 11 inch by 7 inch rectangle.

2 - Spread butter all over the dough. Then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or cardamom sugar.

3 - Roll the dough starting at one of the long sides.

4 - With seam side down, using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the role in half lengthwise. Leave the last 1/2 inch of the roll attached.

5 - Using the two pieces you cut, twist the pieces together.

6 - Finally form the dough into a ring.

Coffee Cake Ring | The Crafting Foodie

My daughter loved eating pieces of the cake by peeling off each sugary, flaky layer. My husband just devoured them in a few bites, and I savored each bite with a warm cup of tea once all the kids were in bed.

Cinnamon and Cardamom Coffee Cakes | The Crafting Foodie

Cinnamon and Cardamom Coffee Cake Rings

This recipe is adapted from Just Love Cookin' 


Ingredients for the dough

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tbs warm milk (about 105 to 110 degrees)

1/8 cup melted, unsalted butter, cooled

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

1 egg yolk

1 tbs granulated sugar

Ingredients for the filling

1/4 cup softened, unsalted butter

5 tbs granulated sugar

3 tsp ground cinnamon or 2 tbs ground cardamom


Instructions for the dough

In a large bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, and warm milk. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes. It should bubble and foam a bit.

Add the egg, butter, flour, and salt. Mix until combined. Then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until it's nice and smooth. This should take only 4 to 5 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover tightly, and place the bowl in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).

As the dough rises, mix the filling ingredients. Mix the sugar and powdered cinnamon or cardamom in a small bowl. Have the softened butter ready in a bowl.

Pre-heat the oven for 400 degrees F.

Once the dough has doubled in volume, lightly flour your work surface. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Following the instructions above, form and shape the rings.

Transfer the rings to a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush melted butter on the outside of the pastry, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon or cardamom sugar.

Bake for about 5 to 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Yields 4 coffee cake rings.


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I'll definitely tried this...

Aida, these are absolute perfection! I love cinnamon and cardamon and bet these rings tasted phenomenal :)

Visiting from Moonlight and Mason Jars. These look and sound delicious. I love cinnamon and cardamom they are two of my favourite spices. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us when the party goes live on Sunday. Have a great day!

OH my word! These look absolutely amazing! I love cardamom, I never would have thought of putting it in coffee cake...brilliant! Thank you so much for linking up at Party in Your PJs!

Hi, I am featuring these on my blog for Marvelous Monday tomorrow - thanks for linking up with us!

Please do try these Bange! They are pretty delicious :)

Thanks so much Amy! I love coffee cake, and I thought these rings were a nice way to turn a simple cake into something that looks fancy :)

Thanks so much Laura! I'm definitely going to check your party out. Thanks for the kind words :)

Thanks so much Kim! I just discovered your awesome party, and it's my pleasure to take part! Thanks for hosting!

Thanks so much Deb! I just stopped by your party to post my latest post - Mother's Day Cookies with Royal Icing Roses. Thanks so much for hosting. Every week it's such a great party full of so many creative ideas!


What a beautiful Coffee Cake. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
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Miz Helen

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