Saturday, September 29, 2018

Coffee Coffee Cake Recipe featuring Two Rivers Coffee + GIVEAWAY!

Hey! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! When I think of my morning cup o' Joe, I think of warm coffee cake with a sugary streusel topping. A hot cup of coffee and coffee cake just goes so well together.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite coffee cake recipe. This is something that I enjoy on a lazy Sunday morning with my family. This isn't your ordinary coffee cake because this amazing cake is made with actual coffee!

Two Rivers Coffee Company makes the best coffees for this recipe. I chose Java Factory Roasters' "Wakey Wakey" as the flavor to use for this recipe. Wakey Wakey is a light roast coffee that had offered the best balance of flavor without overpowering the other ingredients in the recipe. As a stand-alone cup of coffee, Wakey Wakey is a smooth coffee that offers a pleasing nutty aroma and coffee house atmosphere. Wakey Wakey  has a light taste that does not leave you running for the sweetener. Enjoy it black or add some creamer!

Two Rivers Coffee Co. makes an amazing variety of coffees. They have a coffee for everyone. Choose from light roasts, medium roasts, dark roasts, flavored coffees, seasonal coffees and decafs. I haven't met one of there coffees that I did not like. The Two Rivers Coffee Light Roast Variety pack contains amazing light roast and decaf coffees. The coffee samples included:

Brooklyn Bean Roastery's Breakfast Blend
Brookyln Bean Roastery's Breafast Blend Decaf
Pier 3 Decaf
Hamilton Mills Morning Roast
Hamilton Mills Morning Roast Decaf
Java Factory Roasters Wakey Wakey
Realtree Coffee Buckshot Blend
Workaholics Take It Sleazy

Now, time for some deliciousness!

Coffee Coffee Cake
3 1/3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup COLD TRC's coffee(Any flavor. I used Wakey Wakey from Java Factory Roasters)
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups white sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup walnuts or pecans; finely chopped
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coffee grounds; optional
Glaze: (Optional)
1/4 cup TRC's coffee
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar


Bundt pan, stand mixer or hand mixer, a few large bowls, spatula.


1. Brew one coffee k-cup in your Keurig or other coffee brewer. Let cool in refrigerator.
2. Mix together streusel ingredients and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients(flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda).
4. Combine 3/4 cup coffee with buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk together and set aside.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter bundt pan and dust it with flour.
6. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until they're light and fluffy. Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between each egg.
7. Next, incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Following this order(stir in between each step): 1/3 dry mix to creamed butter, 1/2 liquid(coffee & cream)to creamed butter, 1/3 dry mix, rest of liquid the remaining wet mix, the remaining dry mix. Mix well scrapping the sides on the bowl to make sure ingredients are well combined.
8. Pour half of batter into bundt pan. Add streusel next in a even layer. Then top with the rest of the batter.
9. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.
10. Cool cake for 10 minutes on a rack. Slide a butter knife around the sides of the cake to loosen it a bit. Set on dish.
11. Allow cake to cool completely.
12. Glaze your cake(optional). Mix sifted powdered sugar and coffee until smooth, then drizzle over cake. Let glazed harden for a few minutes then serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted by Macheesmo*

My Thoughts

The Coffee Coffee Cake recipe may seem hard at first, but it's really easy. After taking one bite, you'll be hooked forever! The Java Factory Roasters Wakey Wakey Coffee worked very well in this recipe.The coffee flavor wasn't overbearing. Using Wakey Wakey really woke up the flavor of the cake that complimented the other ingredients to accent the recipe and complete the cake.  Adding the ground coffee to the glaze really made the flavor pop. The coffee is truly the star of this recipe. Pair this Coffee Coffee Cake with a brewed cup of Wakey Wakey.

The Light Roast Variety Pack contains 8 different smooth flavored coffees.  I enjoyed every light roast and decaf flavor. But, my favorites are Wakey Wakey, BBR's Breakfast Blend, Pier 3 Decaf and Hamilton Mills Morning Roast. The k-cup labels are very colorful and easy to read. The aroma from the coffee filled our kitchen in a warm and inviting way. Perfect start to our morning.

This amazing k-cup tray hold 36 of my favorite coffee k-cups. I love having all of my favorite coffees displayed in a drawer that easily slides in and out. It's so convenient. My Keurig sits on the top of the tray, on top of a nice, soft foam piece. I love this feature because it saves so much room on my countertop. The tray is well made and its very easy to clean.


I have teamed up with a few amazing bloggers to bring you this giveaway! September's giveaway includes a 36 k-cup tray AND a 40 count variety pack of k-cups! There will be 3 winners! Click HERE to enter! Good Luck!


  1. I can't wait to try that coffee cake recipe! I absolutely love coffee and I hope I win! Thanks for the review.

  2. The coffee cake looks and sounds amazing. I love the assortment of coffee with different strengths too. There are days I want a mild coffee and than there are days I need an extra lift to get me awake...

  3. This sounds like a delicious coffee cake recipe! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. This cake looks delicious. Definitely have to save this recipe!!

  5. That cake looks amazing, I can almost smell the coffee from here. Sure is an eye opener!

  6. I love coffee cake but have never made it. Thanks for the recipe I think I will try it. Bet it tastes good with Wakey Wakey coffee also.

  7. mmm now I want some coffee cake! :)

  8. Coffee cake made with real coffee! That's better than Shepherd's Pie peppered with actual shepherd! (As Stephen Sondheim once wrote...)

  9. This coffee cake looks delicious!

  10. I enjoyed reading!! I would like to thank you for your involvement in a very great review.

  11. I will have to make this delicious coffee cake! I love coffee and coffee cake - I am a dunker!! Yum 😋 Isn’t it why they call it coffee cake?? Thank you for sharing a wonderful morning moment 😋