Today is National Coffee Cake Day, so I’m sharing the award-winning recipe, Cinnamon Walnut Un-Coffee Cake from my book More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally. As a coffee drinker I don’t know why the Un.. but the cake won me a job as a pastry chef at New York’s famed Angelica Kitchen. It won another vegan a blue ribbon/first prize in coffeecake category at a fair in “cowboy’ country” (her label). Smartly, the baker did not label the cake vegan. The judges flipped out, and I was told, they ate the crumbs on the plate. While the cake stays fresh tasting for up to three days, you just try to keep it around that long. The recipe makes a big cake bakers have have shared with me photos of the individual ones they serve for holiday brunches. Pictured here are cakes by Danette in LA.
Cinnamon Walnut Un-Coffeecake
Yield: one large 9-inch cake (12 or more servings)
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted (see page 23), cooled, and chopped
- 1/4 cup organic granulated sugar, maple sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup organic dark whole cane sugar (Such as Sucant)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons mild tasting extra virgin olive oil or another neutral oil
- 1 cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons organic granulated sugar
- 11⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fine seasalt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 cup mild tasting extra virgin olive oil or another neutral oil
- 3⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark grade
- 3⁄4 cup any nondairy milk
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- To make the filling, mix the walnuts, granulated sugar, dark whole cane sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir in 21⁄2 tablespoons of the oil. The nuts should be damp, but not wet. Add the remaining oil, if necessary.
- Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Oil a 9 x 3-inch-deep springform pan, and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit.
- To make the cake, place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the pastry flour, white flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg to the strainer. Whisk to sift the ingredients into the bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to distribute the ingredients.
- Combine the oil, maple syrup, nondairy milk, vanilla and almond extracts, and vinegar in a separate medium bowl, and whisk until well blended. Pour into the dry mixture and stir with a whisk until the batter is smooth.
- Pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle with half the sweet nuts. Pour the remaining batter over the nuts, using a small spatula or thin knife to spread, if necessary. Sprinkle the batter evenly with the remaining nuts.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or longer, until the cake is golden and firm at the center when touched gently, and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with only a few moist crumbs.
- Place the pan on a wire rack and run a thin knife around the inside of the pan to release the cake. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove the outside ring of the pan. Cool completely on the rack before cutting.
Recipe from More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, by Fran Costigan (Book Publishing Company, 2006)