An Impromptu coffee cake


It’s a lazy Sunday morning, the late morning light has entered every corner of the house, adorning the most mundane object with eerie golden dust.  The phone rings, on the line old friends from the far north are on their way to our part of the world! There are few things I love more than these impromptu calls from long time friends.

You simply continue these conversations that started years ago and which somehow seemingly never stopped…

They are to me among the happiest occasions. After the incredulous reunion, we wonder at how long it’s been, and I feel the joyous chatter mounting up, “inside jokes” and memories being summoned. Once again, no surprise at the ease with which we reconnect, as if we only parted for a few hours and not years.

This is the mark of true friendship. When you meet up again with a long lost friend, and, as the coffee brews, you simply continue these conversations that started years ago and which somehow seemingly never stopped.

As they sit around the wooden table in the kitchen, I quickly assemble all the ingredients, for a simple cake, the coffee aroma fills the kitchen and gives a warm, welcoming feeling.  The lazy Sunday is ending, the friends have continued their journey, on the table a few crumbs linger, little reminders of the joyful afternoon.


An Impromptu coffee cake


This cake’s only special trick requires you to make 2 separate batter, 1 “dry” and one “wet” which you layer into the mold to make the rich batter. 


“Wet” mix:
  • 250 gr of granulated sugar
  • 200 gr of soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure Vanilla essence
  • 3 Eggs
  • 7.5 dl flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 15 gr Baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 500 gr Sourcream or Kermaviili
Dry mix:
  • 2 dl of fine brown sugar
  • 1 full teaspoon of organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of organic ground clove
  • 1 tablespoon of pure Cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee powder
  • 125 gr of chopped walnuts



  1. Mix the butter, sugar & vanillas in a blender until smooth & creamy.
  2. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the salt, baking powder, soda & flour.
  4. Add the cream to the flour mix and then combine with the the butter/sugar/eggs mix. (1)
  5. Mix all until smooth.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients of the dry mix.
  7. Butter a kugelhopf or similarly deep cake mould, Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  8. bake for 40-50 min in the middle tray


There is still time to bake, the evening is long, enjoy!


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