Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chocolate Glazed Orange Crumble Coffee Cake

Never eat another doughnut again! This delicious coffee cake is flavored with orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and brown sugar crumb topping. Then, the orange coffee cake is paired with a chocolate glaze that only takes ten minutes to make. I like doughnuts, but I LOVE this orange crumb coffee cake! 

The Recipe

Yield: 12-16 servings


1 small to medium  bowl
1 medium to large bowl
2 cup liquid measuring cup
9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan
wire whisk

Ingredients for the Crumb Topping and the Orange Coffee Cake

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed                                         1 cup granulated, white sugar
2 cups all purpose flour                                                   3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt                                                                1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened                                                   3 Tbsp. of  butter, firm                   
3-4 medium to large oranges                                           1/2 cup milk                                     1 egg                                                                                Pan coat, or cooking oil spray                                                                  


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking pan coat, or cooking oil spray and set aside.
Brown Sugar Crumble 
  • In a small to medium bowl, place 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 3 Tbsp. of butter.

  • Mix all ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. This is your crumb topping. 
  • Set aside.
Orange Coffee Cake
  • Using a zester or small grater, remove 2 - 3 Tbsp. of the orange rind

  • Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice into a one cup measuring cup until it measures 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • In medium to large bowl, place 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 3 teaspoons of salt, 3 tsp. baking powder, and 2-3 Tbsp. of orange zest.
  • Blend the dry ingredients with a wire whisk until spices are distributed evenly.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of milk into the 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, add the egg, and 1/3 cup of softened butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Stir with the wire whisk until the batter is well blended. About 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

  • Pour half of the batter into the baking pan. Just guesstimate. It really doesn't have to be exactly half. 

  • Sprinkle half of the crumb topping  on top of the batter in the baking pan. Again, I just guesstimate. The end result will be just as good. Trust me.

  • Pour the other half of the batter into the baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumb topping across the top of the batter.
The top layer doesn't have to cover the bottom layer exactly. Just sprinkle the crumb topping across the top. 
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes. 
  • Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and remove. If just a few crumbs cling to the toothpick, or the toothpick is clean, remove the cake from the oven. 
Do not worry about the top being uneven. The chocolate glaze will completely fill in and level the cake top. Look at the last picture and you will see how pretty your cake will look with the chocolate glaze on it.
  • Cool completely before pouring the chocolate glaze on top of the cake.
Chocolate Glaze Ingredients - Prep Time about 10 minutes
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 2-3 Tbsp. hot water
  • Heat butter in a saucepan until melted.

  • Stir in powdered sugar and cocoa with a whisk until well blended. It will clump together and that is okay. Just go to the next step.
  • Add 2-3 Tbsp. of hot water and whisk until the glaze is the consistency of thick honey or syrup. I only used 2 for this cake.
  • Pour over the top of the cooled, orange crumble coffee cake and spread across the cake with a rubber, or silicone spatula. The glaze sets up very quickly.

You are now ready to eat a slice of home made happiness on a plate!