give me cake

Ever since Megan and I got a Coffee Crunch Cake from Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop Bakery in San Francisco, I’ve been wanting to make one. I found a recipe online for Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, which I figured was close enough.

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The cake is a chiffon cake, and the frosting is whipped cream. The “crunch” part is sort of like an airy toffee, I guess. It was fascinating to make–at one point you sprinkle baking soda into the candy syrup, and the whole thing starts to foam up like some crazy witch potion! It was very messy applying the crunch to the cake, but I think it turned out pretty well.
Read on for the recipe …


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9 Responses to give me cake

  1. Karen says:

    Wow that looks dangerous. The toffee sounds like something my mom made and she called it seafoam candy, It was sort of like the inside of a violet crumble. I remember the baking soda part. I will have to try your recipe and see if it’s the same

  2. Robin says:

    Yum. That looks very tasty! The coffee crunch sounds like English toffee -the sweet, crunchy candy with air bubbles in it. Great job!

  3. santos. says:

    honeycomb! that’s what i’ve always heard that the crunchy stuff is called. love the idea of coffee-flavoured honeycomb–i am so totally making this. thanks for the recipe!

  4. megan says:

    Ummmm….I don’t recall the cake looking quite like that. 🙂
    Just joking. It looks magnificent, gimme a piece right now!!

  5. joyce says:

    my my my – that looks so good – i must try that yasukochi sweet stop bake shop one day — then if i really like it, i’ll try your recipe.

  6. Eva says:

    Mmmm… looks good. I think I can even make it safe for me with some substitutions. I’m allergic to corn, so I would have to use Featherlight baking powder (potato starch instead of cornstarch)and Golden Syrup for the corn syrup. I think the cake flour is safe though… I’m glad to see you used superfine sugar, because powdered sugar has cornstarch.
    Thanks for posting the recipe!

  7. imelda says:

    have you ever had the mocha chocolate crunch cake from red ribbon bakery? its a filipino bakery in los angeles – i wouldn’t be surprised if there was one in sf – anyways, its the same sort of deal but with chocolate cake! thanks for this recipe! i will definitely try it!!!

  8. Terry says:

    That Blum’s cake IS THE San Francisco cake! Ask any (older) true native and they should 🙂 remember the Blum’s on Union Square w. that cake – YUM! And there is a Chines bakery or two also, that has a similar sponge cake – just had some after an absence of many years….
    Umm, your site is not good for the waistline 🙂

  9. Kathy says:

    I’ve seen that recipe and heard people rave about it. Looks gorgeous, but how did it taste?

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