Pecan Yeasted Coffee Cake

by cakeduchess on October 15, 2012 · 23 comments


When I see something that is titled, “The World’s Quickest Yeasted Coffee Cake”, I’ve got to try it. I’m always searching for wonderful recipes that are great to make in a pinch.

I just love coffee cakes. Especially when they are loaded with crunchy nuts and are drenched in a sticky sweet syrup. I had some friends swinging by sort of last minute the other day and I thought it would be the perfect moment to give this recipe a try. I put it together, baked it and had it out of the oven in just over an hour. There is no proofing required as the dough rises while your oven heats up. Can I tell you how amazing it smelled while baking? Were my friends impressed? Very. I wish I had doubled the recipe to have more for later on. 
The dough is sticky and really requires no kneading. The texture is like a wonderful soft bread.  Some recipes are considered ambiguous. This recipe falls into the category of uncertainty over where to call it a bread or a cake. For me, it is a bread like cake with the wonderful crumb you can get only when you bake with yeast. It was so simple to put together.


I am excited to share this recipe with some fabulous baking events:


I found the recipe on my friend Lena’s blog. She hosts a monthly Bake Along with different wonderful recipes. Since I’ve been avoiding dairy as much as possible, I used soy milk instead of the regular milk and also used Earth Balance margarine instead of butter. It is one pretty amazing vegan coffee cake. But go ahead and use your favorite kind of milk and butter. I recommend eating it the day it is baked. It does not rise up as high as a dough that is kneaded and has more time to proof, but is still crazy good! This is a recipe I will be trying again very soon. 

Pecan Yeasted Coffee Cake
Recipe adapted from the World’s Quickest Yeasted Coffee Cake from Cake Keeper

3/4 cup almond milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance)
2 envelopes (1-1/2 tablespoons) instant yeast
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup finely shopped pecans Method

Line a 9 x5 loaf pan with parchment paper (also can be made in an 8-inch square baking pan). Spray with baking spray.

Heat the milk and 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan until the butter is melted and the milk is very warm to the touch. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the yeast to dissolve. Stir in the flour and salt and beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until you have a sticky dough. Press the dough into the prepared pan.
Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar evenly over the batter.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, and melted butter in a medium bowl and stir. Spread over the dough (I ended up using half. If you use an 8-inch square baking pan, you will need the whole portion). Sprinkle pecans evenly across the top.

Place the pan in a cold oven. Turn the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake until the cake is golden and set in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

Happy Monday and happy baking! Thanks for stopping by.


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate@Diethood October 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

This cake made my mouth water! No joke, I’m salivating. Cake with nuts, syrup…love it!!


Monet October 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Whether bread or cake, this looks perfect Lora! I love yeasted coffee cakes. So delicious. Thank you for sharing!


mr. pineapple man October 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

This is what I need right now! Tea break!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I love coffee cake, this looks so delicious! Wish I had a slice right now! :) xo


Carrian Cheney October 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Oh that topping!! It looks so awesome!


Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez October 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Okay. This coffee cake looks so ridiculously delicious that I just know I’d have a hard time keeping my mitts off of it! I love starting my day with fresh, warm coffee cake and steaming coffee. Beautiful.


Mari October 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It looks wonderful and very tempting!

Happy Monday and Happy baking to you too!


Ilke October 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

That is perfect for a Monday :) I love nutty coffee cakes too. Never tried the sticky version but this looks like a winner. :)


lena October 16, 2012 at 12:57 am

you got a fabulous loaf there!and love that generous pecan topping, very nice! i think most of us who did that bread too were happy with it! btw, i just sent you a mail, you can link it now, thanks!


Sue October 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! The photo of the brown sugar sauce being pored over the dough is incredible! Mmmmmmm:)


Vicki @ WITK October 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

That coffee cake looks just amazing with all of that caramel and those nuts! I can only imagine how wonderful your house smelled while it was baking!


kita October 16, 2012 at 1:35 am

Oooh a quick and easy yeasted coffee cake? Damn! This sounds must make for breakfast delicious!


Shulie Foodwanderings October 16, 2012 at 1:43 am

You know I am weak and love a=everything yeast! This pecan yeasted coffee cake looks incredible. Love that first horizontal shot. I always have trouble with my horizontal shots, believe it or not! :)


Baker Street October 16, 2012 at 6:15 am

Loaded with nuts and drenched in a sweet sticky syrup is just how I like it too! Your coffeecake looks gorgeous, Lora! :)


Paula October 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’m surprised your friends even left after being served this. I’d be tempted to stay and help you bake a batch of these!


Munatycooking October 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Time for breakfast! would love a slice with my morning tea :)


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Never tried a yeasted coffee cake but that will change with this cake, it looks delicious.


Mich Piece of Cake October 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

Hi! I love your pecan topping… this loaf is truly addictive and the best thing is we don’t have to wait for the yeast to act.


Jamie October 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I LOVE this! Wow! I love nutty yeast coffee cakes but a fast one? Perfect! The nut topping is outrageous! Beautiful, Lora! I am impressed with all the yeast baking you manage!


Lisa October 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

This pecan coffee cake is beyond fabulous, Lora. The minute I saw it, this went through my head “OMG, OMG..I want that so bad!”. The edibility factor is to the moon in your beautiful photos..especially the first one! xo


Kim Bee October 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

Dude, run away with me. Seriously. And bring this. Lots of THIS!


Emily October 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

Oh Wow! Seriously!


kitchen flavours October 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

Beautiful bake! I’m sure your friends are glad they dropped by! Thank you for baking along with us! Have a great week!


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