Today I’m sharing with you a cake recipe my friend Christy developed as her own spin on a Kentucky Butter Cake – with one of her favorite flavors added: Coffee! This tender butter cake is infused with home brewed coffee and then soaked in a coffee butter sauce to take it over the top. The result, a home grown spin on Kentucky Butter Cake called, you guessed it, Christy’s Coffee Butter Cake. Great for when company drops by or afternoon snack.
Ingredients for Coffee Butter Cake
To make this version of Kentucky Butter Cake (but even better) you’ll need:
- Butter Golden Cake Mix
- Instant vanilla pudding,
- Coffee flavor of your choice
- Cocoa powder,
- Melted butter
- One of the following: half and half, liquid coffee creamer, or heavy cream.
Note: You can customize this a bit by using a flavored creamer of your choice in place of the regular creamer if you like. Pumpkin spice would be a great flavor for the fall.
What Kind of Coffee Do You Use?
Coffee truly is a perfect compliment to fall baking and that is true for this spin on Kentucky Butter Cake. About two years ago Christy discovered her favorite coffee she buys it every time she goes to the grocery store. Red Diamond Medium Roast is what she uses for this butter cake recipe.
The flavor is rich and smooth, not acidic as some coffee can be. I was really excited when they contacted Southern Plate and asked if they could sponsor a few posts. It’s always fun to get to work with brands you already know great cooks love and use in their daily life. This is the perfect addition to a butter cake recipe.
To see the complete selection of coffee that Red Diamond offers, click here. Christy has tried most of them and says they are the best coffee she has ever had.
How to Make Christy’s Coffee Butter Cake
- Place all cake ingredients into a bowl
- Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and fully combined, about two minutes
- Generously spray a good quality bundt pan with cooking spray and add batter, spread to evenly distribute.
- Bake this at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for about ten minutes while you mix up the coffee butter sauce.
Yes indeed, – I just said coffee butter sauce! YUM
- While cake is cooling, place all coffee butter sauce ingredients into a medium mixing bowl or sauce pot.
- If using mixing bowl: microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
- If using sauce pot: cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
- Poke holes in top of cake with the tines of a fork or a wooden skewer. I use a fork because it keeps it looking pretty.
- Pour coffee sauce over cake and let cake sit in pan until it is absorbed and cake has completely cooled. Your cake will happily drink that up!
- Once it is completely cooled, turn cake out onto cake plate or platter.
Oh my! Move over Kentucky Butter Cake, Christy’s Coffee Butter Cake is just waiting to be served!
- 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- 1/2 cup Coffee I use Red Diamond
- 1/2 cup either liquid coffee creamer half and half, or heavy cream
- 4 eggs
- 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
Coffee Butter Sauce
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/4 cup Red Diamond Coffee
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
Place all cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fully incorporated and no lumps remain, scraping down sides if needed, about two minutes
Liberally spray a good quality bundt pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into bundt pan and spread to evenly disperse. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan ten minutes
While cake is cooling, place all coffee butter sauce ingredients into a medium mixing bowl or sauce pot. If using mixing bowl, microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
If using sauce pot, cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved.
Use a wooden skewer or fork to poke holes all in top of cake while it is still in the bundt pan. Pour hot sauce all over cake and allow to cool completely before turning cake out onto serving platter. Garnish each piece with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings if you like. Delicious with a cup of coffee!
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
~T. S. Elliot
Special thanks to Christy’s friends at Red Diamond for being such a special part of her family’s lives. To find Red Diamond near you, visit their beautiful website and use the product locator in the top right hand side of the screen.
More coffee recipes here:
Coffee cream pie
Mocha Coffee Floats
Gingerbread Spiced Coffee