Coffee Cake Recipe With Coffee Milk Crumbs + Easy Gourmet Giveaway!

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I’m such a brutally scary stalker fan of coffee flavour, particularly Vietnamese style coffee – dark roast coffee dripping on top of a sweet and saucy thick pile of sweetened condensed milk, set over ice so it gets all melty, milky, swirly and mind-punishingly strong. Coffee ice cream, coffee glazed donuts, you name it – coffee flavour gets my goat in a good way. So when I saw this Coffee Cake recipe from my most radically food-brilliant friend Steph of I Am A Food Blog‘s new cookbook Easy Gourmet, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

coffee cake milk crumbs recipe - coco cake land

coffee cake milk crumbs recipe - coco cake land

I must gush about how cool Steph is for a second. She’s the real deal, guys. I truly admire her ability to make cooking approachable, flavourful and most importantly, do-able. No frou-frou ingredients or pretension, either. It’s roll your sleeves up, for-the-love-of-it, for the FLAVAH of it cooking. PLUS: girl can STYLE and PHOTOGRAPH and DESIGN til the beef-on-rice cows come home. She’s as modest as Hello Kitty when it comes to her talents, but I BELIEVE in you, Steph! Not only is she bursting with talent, she’s also a fellow Vancouverite, which is so great to find a fellow Vancouver blogger and food obsessor to hang out with and get some serious snack on with – I’m so happy we’ve become real life friends, lady! As for the cake: with a special nod to both Steph and the Momofuku empire, I added some milk crumbs with a coffee twist for some delightfully crumby, sweet and salty texture-y bits on top of the creamy-sweet billowy frosting and moist coffee flavoured cake.

coffee cake milk crumbs recipe - coco cake land

Coffee Cake With Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting + Coffee Milk Crumbs

One 9 inch cake

Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dark roast coffee
  • ¼ cup milk (I used 3.25%)

Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

Coffee Milk Crumbs

Adapted from this Milk Crumbs recipe
  • ¾ cup skim milk powder
  • ⅛ cup finely ground dark roast coffee beans
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Make The Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9 x 2 inch round cake or 9 inch square cake pan.

  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the sugars and mix until completely incorporated.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the coffee and milk.
  5. Add a ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until combined. Add 1/2 of the coffee mixture and mix well. Continue alternating
  6. between adding the flour and coffee mixtures, ending with flour.
  7. Pour batter into your cake pan and bake in a regular oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cake cool completely on wire rack before icing.

Make The Frosting

  1. Beat the butter on medium until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in icing sugar and when smooth, beat in condensed milk until thick, smooth and fluffy.
  3. Using a small offset spatula, ice the cooled cake with the frosting.

Make The Milk Crumbs

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Note: You can make the crumbs as the cake cools.

  1. Combine the skim milk powder, ground coffee, flour, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Add melted butter and mix until everything clumps together.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly onto the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Add a generous amount of the coffee milk crumbs to the top of your cake.



coffee cake milk crumbs recipe - coco cake land

Get your plate ready for a big ol’ slice! Tender coffee flavoured cake, creamy frosting and those textured coffee milk crumbs – yeah.

coffee cake milk crumbs recipe - coco cake land

Not only does Easy Gourmet have the Coffee Cake recipe, there are plenty more dessert recipes such as Raspberry Pistachio Mini Pavlovas, Lemon Meringue S’mores and Chai Tea Ice Box Cake. There’s also truly drool-on-yourself savoury recipes too – Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles, Miso-Glazed Cod, French Onion Grilled Cheese, Dijon Mushrooms, Banh Mi Pulled Pork Sliders as well as meat-powered dishes that are presented straight up and un-intimidatingly, like the restaurant style basted Steak & Butter and crunchy juicy flavourful Porchetta. I pre-ordered a few copies months ago and am planning to give one to my fellow food lovin’ cousin!

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I’ve got one copy of Easy Gourmet to give away to one lucky reader! Leave a comment below with:

1. The name of your town

2. The name of your favourite Asian restaurant in town

3. Your favourite dish at your favourite Asian restaurant!

If you don’t have an Asian restaurant in your town, tell me what your last meal would be!

Giveaway open to ALL Canadian and US residents! Giveaway closes September 25th 2014.

Congratulations Steph on the release of your first beautiful cookbook – here’s to your Jesus year of MAD CRAZY success and great times! Let’s go eat fried chicken, ramen, ice cream and a gazillion other foods! And happy happy baking times, everyone! xo Lyndsay

Take The Moo Out Of Milk: Cow Cake Tutorial

how to make a cow cake tutorial - coco cake land

how to make a cow cake tutorial - coco cake land

I had so much fun creating this lactose free cow cake tutorial for Natrel and I’m so stoked to be one of their new collaborators! Lookit that cute little smiley cow cake face! This guy’s just dying to be chomped into. I gotta say, Natrel‘s developed a pretty rad looking website and magazine with some great looking recipes, projects and even crafts. One of my favourites is this modern and woodsy Make Your Own Paper Diamond Mobile project. Plus they’ve got more delicious recipes than you ever knew existed!

cake baking ingredients

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You can find the whole recipe for this entirely lactose free cake over on my cow cake tutorial post for Natrel! Happy cow cake baking, everyone! xo Lyndsay

Dinner Plate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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I had a really crappy peanut butter cookie the other day. I kind of really hate crappy cookies and I hate to be a jerk about calling someone else’s cookie crappy, especially a kindly old lady selling her baked goods at a booth at the Grand Forks British Columbia farmer’s market. But darn it, it was like biting into old dust compacted into a puffy disc. Super dry, super old tasting like it had been in the freezer for three months, uncovered. So, I had to redeem that taste in my mouth. I needed to make peanut butter cookies, STAT. Mine needed to be moist, packed with peanut butter, non-puffy (I like my cookies flat! Weirdo!) and slam jammed with chocolate chips (why not!?). I opted for no flour, because I wanted to anti-puff these guys. So here ya go – peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe, dinner plate sized!

large peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - coco cake land

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 huge or 18 normal sized cookies

For The Cookies

  • 1 ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter (use the crappy supermarket kind, not the natural stuff, for this recipe!)
  • 1 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips

Make The Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  1. In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips until combined.
  2. Using an ice cream scoop, dole out portions of the batter onto baking sheet, evenly spaced with 2 inches in between.
  3. With clean hands, flatten the balls down into hamburger like patties. Sprinkle chocolate chips generously on top of the cookies and press down into the batter.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cookies will puff up and flatten back down into dinner plate sized cookies.

large peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - coco cake land

What are your dream cookie requirements? Packed with chocolate? Buttery and crisp? Oat filled and gargantuan? Dripping with icing?

Friday linkage also known as super duper into: 

I love the obsessiveness of this Funfetti Cake research and the final cake IS SO CUTE!

Deeply stoked on The Dessert Psycho. This dude is way cool. He would hate my cakes and call them a “hunk of shit” but that’s ok. I want to get his book Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts so bad, not only because his recipes and general approach sound awesome but because I love a cookbook with some sweet back story, hilarious writing and some swearing. Here’s another link for an interview with Brooks Headley.

Do you own this Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie book yet!? It is great. The flavours, the recipes, those adorable and mega cool sisters – pie is in their blood and heritage.

Since we’ve been living in rural Christina Lake BC for the past few weeks while Rich does his rural elective at the hospital close by, I’ve been drawn to the idea of my forever dream of opening a tiny spot in a rural place. I was reminded of All Citizens who did just that in Bruno, Saskatchewan.

White Lung, guys. Raddest shredding lady band and maybe worst website ever which I’m sure is entirely on purpose. Reminds me of my first Angelfire website. They have a new album called Deep Fantasy which makes this 37 year old mom and baker and Chinese person RAWK OUT

Happy weekend, pals! xo Lyndsay 

Happy Blog Birthday To Me + Pink Party Cake Tutorial

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Well hello there friend! Yes indeed – I’m celebrating SIX years of blogging. That is an insaneo long time, isn’t it? Today I’m going to tell you about what it’s been like BLOGGING for six years about CAKE ‘n’ stuff.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

In a nutshell, here’s wuh happened:

1. I started my blog in 2008 to document my sudden obsession with baking. Back then, I learned from books mostly, and a few online tutorials. The internet was nothing like it is now as far as resources – like this Creativebug Wilton Cake Decorating series SO did not exist back then.

2. I decided I loved baking – so then I started a cupcake biz. Back then, cupcakes were still sort of cool.

3. I went loco dingo wild making cupcakes and creating some pretty fun projects. I worked my butt off and my biz grew like crazy between 2009-2011. I excitedly and obsessively blogged every cake or cupcake I made. I knew nothing about all those blogging tips that are so readily available now – SEO, when to post during the day, social media, blahblahblah – I would post six times a day if I felt like it, and post at 11pm at night. I named my images things like DSC8090.

4. Even so, the interwebz liked what I was doing and my work was getting passed around like the town bicycle. Like this Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes Cake. I was getting some mad hits – 80,000 pageviews per month. Too bad I was too cool to put ads on my blog back then. DAMNIT! (Sad face)

5. In 2012 I dropped off the face of the blog planet when I became pregnant and then went through a pretty bad depression.

6. In 2013 I CAME BACK WITH A Rambo-like vengeance… only to find many of my followers had moved on. A blog with no new posts in 10 months is going to lose some fans, heh. Still, I was determined to rebuild my audience, work really hard and try to make a living at blogging and freelance writing.

7. In April 2014 I finally moved away from Blogger (I was clinging to it hard because it was all I knew) and with the help of two great friends, launched this here COCO CAKE LAND blog which I love and cherish! I love my blog TOO much!

8. In September 2014, I’m still chugging along like the little cake engine that could, building up the nicest cake-lovin’ blog following again, meeting many new pals, baking up mad storms, brewing up cakey ideas and writing for some great websites along the way. I’ve made some amazing friends through my blog, some I’ve met in real life and some I have yet to meet in person – and have felt the love and support along the way. So THANK YOU for being a friend – it really means a lot!!!

To celebrate six years of cakey-ness, I wanted to make my blog a birthday cake. I sort of imagine my computer taking a lil bite of this pink pretty thing. I’m weird. So here is the most simple but make-a-splash cuterific pink party cake tutorial for you. You all know how much I love the buttercream piped cakes. I have deep love for the piping bag. This cake takes pink cake layers, white vanilla buttercream and tinted pink buttercream in a piping bag fitted with an open circle tip. I used my fave Wilton 1 A open circle tip.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

1. Start with a pink vanilla layered cake. Frost and fill your cake.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

2. Apply a crumb coat of creamy vanilla buttercream.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

3. Smooth using a cake scraper; chill in freezer for 15 minutes.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

4. Remove from freezer and apply a final coat of buttercream.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

5. Using the cake scraper, smooth the edges and top until you are happy chappy.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

6. Fill your piping bag with pink vanilla buttercream. Squeeze out and pull away quickly to reveal a “blobette” with a nice point.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

7. Place pretty, evenly spaced blobettes all over the top of the cake.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

8. Carefully place tiny sugar pearls on top of each blobette. I used these “multi color dragees” in 8mm from my local cooking supplies shop.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

Slice on in to your pretty pink party cake! So cute and pretty! I love the contrast of the white and the vibrant electric pink.

pink party cake tutorial - coco cake land

Happy happy blog birthday to MEEEEE! Hope you liked this pink party cake tutorial! Now, inquiring minds want to know – how long have you been blogging for and what do you love most about it? Do you hate its face so hard sometimes and want to throw in the (tea) towel? Casual blogger or making a living? DO tell all, Oprah Winfrey style! xo Lyndsay

This post is sponsored by Creativebug! They’ve just launched a great online baking course series. Learn baking and cake decorating techniques straight from the pros at the Wilton Test Kitchen. This information-rich course is perfect for both beginner and seasoned bakers, and by the end of the four weeks, you will have learned everything you need to know to bake and decorate professional-looking cakes with confidence.

Happy Chappy Pineapple Cake With Rainbow Cake Layers

pineapple face cake with mini chocolate cupcakes

My old friend happy chappy pineapple cake is back, this time adding some cuteness to an already super cute 1st birthday party!

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There’s only one thing that next-levels a kawaii cute pineapple cake face. That’s RAINBOW cake layers. ROYGBIV! Do you ROYGBIV or VIBGYOR when you stack your cake layers!? Seems like a logical cakey question. Both looks cool and rainbow-y of course.

mini chocolate cupcakes

Sweet Emily turned one – and cool mama Jinny ordered both the giant rainbow cake layered pineapple cake plus cute little mini chocolate cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles.

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I snapped this pic to show the size comparison. Pineapple dude was HEAVY.

pineapple cake insides - rainbow cake layers!

And the insides of the cake! I die to see pictures of the insides of cakes (sent to me by Jinny)! There’s something about layers of cake with frosting and colour that makes me bonkers with giddy excitement. Certified cake nerd.

Pineapple cake with rainbow power makes me happy, and so do these links: 

I was recently reminded of this AMAZING video of Lin Yu Chun. It will make your day, it will make you cry, it will make you smile, it will make your soar high above the clouds like an emotional eagle. Why can’t I be a cool bowl-cutted Taiwanese teddy-bear cutie in a bow tie.

While I’m being a complete youtube idiot, there’s this, because I love singing Alicia Keys.

Possibly slightly redeeming: how RAD is everyone in this Future Islands performance. The lead singer needs to be cast in a Scorsese film. And that bass player is cool as the most casual blazer-wearing pickle EVER! I love him!

And far from cakes yet not far at all: White Lung Deep Fantasy! You have different paths you can take in life – White Lung takes the path I always wished I had the gonads to take, saying all that needs to be said.

Happy Thursday, cake pals! xo 

Milk Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe


I’m kind of freaking that it’s September 1st. Summer, wuh happened? You blasted by too quickly! But then again, Fall is full of wonderful things – cool crisp weather and pretty burnt umber leaves (I just wanted to say burnt umber. CRAYON colour!), the return of socks, quilts and BAKING. I’m feeling the need for pies, cookies and bars already! And don’t get me started on getting my BUNDT on. I’m feeling very bundt-y lately.


But for now… one last gasp at Summer with this sweet treat! It takes the perfect cookie to send an ice cream cookie sandwich into outer space. This sweet and salty milk chocolate cookie recipe will have you munching all the cookies like this before you can even scoop your vanilla ice cream all up in there. This milk chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches recipe is on Poppytalk!

Hope everyone had a sweet summer! (I know, I know – it’s not TECHNICALLY over.) What are you all looking forward to baking as the weather changes? 

Camping Vacation and Goodbye Summer

soft serve ice cream cone against blue sky

camping pancakes with fresh fruit

giant camping tent with lyndsay and teddy

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this summer. She was a real beaut here on the West Coast. Sunballs every day practically! We ended our summer off with a camping trip – our first time camping with Teddy! Freshly turned 2 years old and a mini energy ball, we definitely had our concerns – would he sleep? What would he sleep in? Would WE sleep?? Haha… the first two nights we tried to do our usual bedtime routine of 7:30pm bedtime… at the first busy and noise and light filled campground, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Teddy scream cried and we tried again and again to calm him and put him down… only to realize… we had to relax it up with his routine… and roll with the camping punches. So Teddy became a nighttime party dog, going to bed at 9, falling asleep to Rich singing him Joni Mitchell Blue.

sleep sack camping hotel lake

Long underwear, fleece with hood and double sleep sack for this little nutbar!

lakeside motel office

After our grand Teddy sleeping realization, the trip was a cool breeze on a hot day – a real blast! Teddy stayed up til it was dark, and we had fun just lazing around with him at night, reading story after story, and in the day time, running around, swimming, playing with giant sticks and rocks and exploring the beaches and trees. My favourite part was making food. We were in such a rush before leaving that I didn’t think much about too much cooking equipment or utensils – or even nice dishware for my food styling obsession! (even camping, haha!). I had a blast cooking on our tiny one burner campstove and mini BBQ.

miracle beach throwing rocks

Miracle Beach, BC – a sweet provincial campground, really well maintained and private wooded campgrounds and lots of families.

rathtrevor beach in parksville

Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville BC – so fun for kids! Big playground, huge beautiful beach and free weekly movies with popcorn and soda by donation at their ampitheatre.

fisherman's wharf victoria seal underwater

Seals! At Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, BC. This guy was SO close to me!

smores on a green picnic table camping

S’mores on floral Poppytalk For Target forks and homemade cookies at Lakeside at Hotel Lake, BC.

little boy looking at seal underwater

Gliding, chubby grey speckled seals – Teddy wanted to “go in!” Um, no.

father son boat on a lake

Dada, I got this! I’m on a boat

father son in BC woods

Here’s what worked for us for camping with toddlers (Teddy just turned 2): 

1. Throw the routine out the window. We ended up “car-napping” Teddy – we’d go for a drive around Teddy’s usual nap time, and Teddy would conk out in his carseat and Rich and I would get to explore the little towns and cities and beaches around where we were camping while Teddy was lulled to sleep by the long monotonous stretches of highway.

2. If your kid sleeps in a crib at home, try the pack and play – the comfort and security of the crib that they’re used to. Next year he’ll sleep on a blow up mattress with sleeping bag but he doesn’t quite get that blankets aren’t for playing “fort” in!

3. For sleep time, dress them warmly in layers and cover their head. We were concerned he wouldn’t be warm enough but we found that long underwear on the bottom, with a warm fleece with a hood and two medium-weight sleep sacks did the trick.

4.Camping is for exploring! We let Teddy roam at a safe distance and pick up and explore things in his surroundings – big sticks, rocks, leaves.

5. Bring books! Teddy barely played with any of his own toys – but we read a crapload of his books every day. It was a good way to calm him whenever he got overstimulated/overtired and it was fun to snuggle on our air mattress and read book after book without having to worry about anything but spending time with our son. Bring some old faves and a few new ones!

6. Try to relax! Once we relaxed on the routine, things got so much better. “Roll with it 2014″ was our motto, ha!

father son in a tent

We never camped much as a kid so I didn’t grow up going on camping vacation – but sleeping out in nature with tall trees and bodies of water close by was super tranquil and relaxing. I hardly felt at all like coming home and sitting slumped in front of the computer madly blogging or writing about cakes. It’s trips like this that make you want to quit it all, move out of the city and open up a tiny cafe in a small town. As we drove back into town Rich and I wondered out loud why people stay in Vancouver when it’s become so bloatingly and garishly expensive to live here. It made me truly wonder if we’ll stay in the city forever… What about you? City dweller or country dweller??

Happy 2nd Birthday Teddy! Blue Bear Cake

blue bear cake - coco cake land

pizza blue bear ice cream garland

blue bear cake - coco cake land

Guys. I tried to play it cool this year for Teddy’s 2nd birthday. Last year I tried to play it cool too with his doggy themed 1st birthday party - but you know how it goes when you’re trying to play it cool – inside you’re SO FRIGGING EXCITED and dying to plan the cutest party ever.

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So I’d been asking Teddy what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday party for months. For a not quite 2 year old, he was pretty perceptive to what birthday parties were all about – with five older cousins and lots of pals, there are birthday parties aplenty in our world – and shiny candle-lit birthday cakes make appearances in many of our daily children’s book reads together! At first I was trying to convince/reverse-psychology him into choosing a Pingu cake, because I thought that would be a really cute party theme – but he wasn’t buying it. “Blue bear bear cake!” he would say, giggling at me. I would say, “do you mean… PINGUUUU cake?” and he would say “Nooooo … blue bear bear!” NO idea who, when, what or where the blue bear bear came from but he was pretty adamant!

blue bear cake and birthday garland

Blue bear bear cake it was! It was also a pizza and ice cream party, which are two of his fave foods – he also loves to play “pizza stand” where he stands behind his little kitchen set and says “mama order peezza!”The kid loves commerce. So I made a little mini garland out of craft paper featuring the party triple threat – pizza, bear and ice cream! I love how the garland turned out – and it will now hang up in his bedroom as a cute party memento.

birthday letter garland - coco cake land

blue bear cake - coco cake land

Blue bear cake was rainbow confetti sprinkles vanilla cake layers with light blue tinted vanilla buttercream!

birthday letter garland - coco cake land

blue bear cake - coco cake land

DIY ice cream stand - coco cake land

To go along with the party idea, and to delight Teddy’s love of commerce and “selling” pizza and ice cream, the sweet hubs made him this super rad DIY ice cream stand! Cheap wood and an old drawing board of mine became the stand, and two vintage striped aprons came together as the awning. I made the Teddy’s Treats sign out of craft paper and letter stickers! CUTE! He loved it!

blue bear cake - coco cake land

My little guy waiting patiently for cake time! He also wore an ice cream cone t-shirt – one of our faves by Whistle and Flute!

blue bear cake - coco cake land

The big moment!!

blue bear cake - coco cake land

His party was a special one – seeing how thrilled he was when those birthday candles were lit, and his eyes huge with excitement when his family and friends sang him Happy Birthday – I loved every second. He blew his candles out with gusto to a round of applause and high fives. My heart is full, blue bear cake was a hit and this casual times party mama is zonked! Happy happy 2nd birthday to my sweet little boy – I love you SO much!

What about you – do you go WILD TIMES on your kid’s or your own birthday parties, or do you try to keep it minimal? Leave me a link of a birthday party you’ve thrown – I love that stuff! xo Lyndsay