Spiced Coffee Cake

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is a German coffee cake recipe called 'rivel kuchen.' Rivel is the mixture of sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

    7 people made this

    Serves: 36 

    • 1 (7g) packet active dry yeast
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 2 cups (500ml) milk
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 125g butter
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 7 cups (875g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (300g) white sugar
    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) milk
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 65g butter
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water to which 1 teaspoon of sugar has been added.
    2. Scald 2 cups (500ml) milk; add 1/2 cup sugar, butter and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Beat in eggs. Add flour enough to make medium thick batter and beat well. Add beaten eggs and dissolved yeast, beat well. Stir in the remaining flour. When too thick to mix by spoon, pour onto floured board. Knead dough until smooth and elastic.
    3. Put dough into greased bowl, and let rise until double in size. Divide into 2 parts. Knead each down, and roll out to fit 20x30cm pan.
    4. Put 1 1/2 cup sugar into heavy frypan and brown, stirring all the time. Add 3 cups (750ml) water. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Stir together 3 tablespoons flour and 3/4 cup (190ml) milk; add to the sugar water. Cook until mixture is thick like gravy. Cool. Add allspice. Spread on unbaked coffee cakes.
    5. Mix 1 cup flour, 65g butter, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over coffee cake.
    6. Bake at 180 degrees C for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

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    I love yeasted coffee cakes. I made this in late summer with fresh plums on top. This is a great recipe, but is not for the impatient baker or for the faint of heart: there are a lot of steps involved, including making the caramel. I made a wet caramel instead of dry, because I like controlling how dark it becomes--and I added a splash of Kirsch because I like liqueurs with fruit. I used butter for the shortening, and only used half the dough because I had a smaller springform pan I wanted to use. It was still too much dough for the pan--my fault--and I baked it on a baking sheet because I had a hunch the topping would bubble over, which it did. Lastly: I prepared the cake the night before and let it rest overnight in the fridge before taking it out and letting it rise a little before baking. Very impressive for brunch. I'm going to try it again with the rest of the dough using apples and a splash of Calvados in the caramel.  -  18 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is very similar to the Kuchen my grandmother made when I was a child and it's excellent. The only difference is that Grandma topped the Kuchen with fruit and then a cream custard rather than caramel. Thanks for bringing back the memory of Grandma.  -  21 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious! I love the fact that this recipe makes two cakes. That way my family can enjoy one and I can freeze the other for another time. The only change I made was that I used cinnamon in the glaze instead of allspice just because I personally don't care very much for allspice. This recipe is definately a keeper.  -  26 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)