A friend of the family makes a delicious prune cake, of which I've been promised the recipe for the last 20something years. My attempts to recreate it started with Susanne's Spice cake from the Vegetarian Pleasures cookbook. I keep making it, adding/deleting ingredients and in this version adding espresso. Topping it with powdered sugar is sweet enough for me, but a powdered sugar glaze would better suit someone with a real sweet tooth. Also, the espresso gives it a strong coffee flavor, but you could use coffee for a less intense effect. - nannydeb —nannydeb
Test Kitchen Notes
Nannydeb’s Prune Coffee Cake is a perfect breakfast cake (when one is of a mind to have cake for breakfast and really that is something you should do now and again). It is sweet but not too sweet, rich without being too dense, and has a perfect hint of coffee and spice. The prunes keep it nice and moist as well. It's an easy cake to make, comes together in 10 or 15 minutes, and is delicious still warm or completely cooled. Next time I make it I may dice up some additional prunes and add them in there as small chunks just because I really love prunes. A definite thumbs up for an EP, and Nannydeb needs to teach a cake workshop because she is the master! - aargersi —aargersi
Former restaurant manager (and waitress, bartender, etc). I love food: eating, trying new recipes, shopping for it, talking/emailing about it, etc. My foodie friend and pen pal got me interested in recipe contests and also turned me on to food52 and now I'm obsessed!