Coffee Cake with a Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

Coffee Cake with a Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother and coming face to face with this cake. This recipe combines a delicious coffee cake with a creamy nutmeg sauce that really complements it!

This dish required a fair amount of deciphering.  For example, the original recipe called for 2 eggs of grease for the cake.

The sauce needs a consistent temperature to thicken reliably. If you can get an even flame then this will be no problem. However, for electric ranges  I recommend using a cast iron or steel saucepan to compensate for the on-and-off cycle of the heating element.


Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of shortening
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of brewed coffee

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of corn starch
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of water


Coffee Cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl mix ingredients until you have a smooth and consistent finish.
  3. Pour contents into a greased 9 inch (22 cm) pie tin.
  4. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes until ready.
  5. Let cool and serve with sauce.

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  1. Pour sugar, milk and nutmeg into a small saucepan then set heat to medium.
  2. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch. Stir until you have a smooth finish.
  3. When the sauce boils, lower temperature to medium-low or low to maintain a light boil.
  4. Add ¼ cup (60 ml) of the cornstarch and water mix then whisk contents vigorously until sauce thickens.  Add more cornstarch and water if necessary.
  5. When the sauce is thick, pour over a slice of coffee cake and serve!

CC BY-SA 4.0 Coffee Cake with a Creamy Nutmeg Sauce by Evelyn Chartres is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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