Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Disclaimer… there were no actual candy canes used in the making of this Candy Cane Coffee Cake. It’s just the shape people! If you don’t have opportunity to make this for the holiday season this year, you should save it for next season. It’s impressive and delicious.

Here’s the how to:

Make the dough (following the directions), and separate into three equal parts. Yes, this recipe makes 3 candy cane coffee cakes. I’m not really quite sure how you would cut the recipe into thirds to just make one… so just go ahead and make three- give two away to neighbors as gifts and keep one for yourself!

Roll the dough into a rectangle. This dough is easy to work with. It’s incredibly forgiving, and it actually moves where you want it to go (this is coming from someone who can’t make pie crust to save her life).

Spread this wonderful raspberry filling (you’ll make this too, but don’t worry… it’s really simple) down the middle. You can use any sort of favorite filling, but since this is a candy cane coffee cake, red fillings will look best.

Cut half-inch strips with a sharp, thin knife along each side of the filling.

Cross strips over the middle in a weave fashion- one side and then the other, etc.

Keep weaving all the way up. Tuck in the ends.

Gently stretch the whole weaved dough into a longer piece. (Again, the dough is really easy to work with and shouldn’t fall apart.) Turn the upper portion to form the top of the candy cane. Gently move the dough around until it looks the way you want.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size.

Bake for a short 15 minutes.

Drizzle an almond-flavored glaze over the warm cakes.

Let the glaze harden and wrap a little festive ribbon around the cane.

I made two of these and took them to a holiday brunch. I had the opportunity to taste it and it was quite delicious. And there were all kinds of ohhhs and ahhhs from the women at the brunch! It does turn out to be quite adorable, doesn’t it?

The third cake I covered and refrigerated overnight (pre-rising). I took it out in the morning, let it rise, baked it up and dropped it off for the teachers at school. Good to know that you can do the delayed rise on this.

Hope your holiday preparations are going well at this point! Check my recent blog posts for tons more holiday recipes.

This recipe can be found HERE.

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66 Responses to “Candy Cane Coffee Cake”

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    Tara — December 16, 2008 @ 1:43 PM

    Not only does that look YUMMY, but beautiful!!! wow! now if only mine could look like that….must try it and find out. :O)

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    The Short (dis)Order Cook — December 16, 2008 @ 1:51 PM

    That is gorgeous! I find it hard to believe that you can make a cake that looks like this, but can’t make a piecrust. I’ll bet you totally can.

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    Shaheen — December 16, 2008 @ 1:52 PM

    Looks sooo good! :D

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    Anna — December 16, 2008 @ 2:05 PM

    How cute!

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    Elle — December 16, 2008 @ 2:21 PM

    Oh my gosh, you are amazing! Those look incredible! I have to try these–I wonder if you could add cream cheese filling in there, too…

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    CookiePie — December 16, 2008 @ 3:24 PM

    What a great idea, so fabulous and festive!!

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    Girl Japan — December 16, 2008 @ 3:25 PM

    This is beautiful.. I bet this would make for a wonderful gift for someone special = ) Oh.. it sure is lovely..

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    Alexa — December 16, 2008 @ 3:46 PM

    I decided that you should open your own bakery… Everything you bake is so beautiful and delicious.

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    Maria — December 16, 2008 @ 4:09 PM

    Oh my! That is perfect for holiday parties and family gatherings! I can’t wait to impress my guests with this one!

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    KSmith — December 16, 2008 @ 4:20 PM

    I love delayed rising recipes. It helps in my classroom when I have only 45 mins to work with the kids. thanks for the great recipes I;ve used a few, altered a few for my classroom. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next

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    Marisa — December 16, 2008 @ 6:14 PM

    Oh wow–that looks awesome! I will for SURE be bookmarking this and trying it!

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    Kimmie — December 16, 2008 @ 6:21 PM

    All that hard work paid off! What a presentation.

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    Happy cook — December 16, 2008 @ 7:01 PM

    Wow they just look so beautiful and i love the way you have made them into candy cane shape. Real clever.

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    Snooky doodle — December 16, 2008 @ 7:40 PM

    this surely is impressive. SO so nice !!

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    Laurie — December 16, 2008 @ 7:48 PM

    Wow Lori! You know.. you must be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor…
    Because you top my list for the BEST baker! I’m thinking about hopping in the car and heading for S.D. to beg for some of that coffee cake! It looks wonderful!
    And don’t you just love our weather?? I am so exited , it’s finally here! :)
    The clouds today are spectacular!!
    Ciao!!

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    The Food Librarian — December 16, 2008 @ 8:40 PM

    Beyond awesome and beautiful! It is amazing!!!

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    Robin Sue — December 16, 2008 @ 8:43 PM

    Beautiful coffee cake, great idea for Christmas morning. I love that it has cardamon in it, yummy!

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    Kara — December 16, 2008 @ 9:29 PM

    Adding the ingredients to my grocery list RIGHT now… I only hope mine comes out as beautiful as yours. I’m also hoping I can bake one the day before I need it – and then do the delayed bake for the other two. We shall see!

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    Dawn — December 16, 2008 @ 9:42 PM

    Wow! You are so talented! I don’t know if I could make mine as perfect and straight as you did. I think mine would turn into a speed bump, not a candy cane! LOL

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    Allie — December 16, 2008 @ 9:51 PM

    This is super cute and looks yummy! Can’t wait to try this for my family.

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    Helene — December 17, 2008 @ 12:30 AM

    I like looking at all the steps. Looks great.

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    Laura — December 17, 2008 @ 12:41 AM

    That’s gorgeous–although I won’t lie, it’s a good thing you included the disclaimer or I would be searching for the peppermint and vaguely sad.

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    Jennywenny — December 17, 2008 @ 2:11 AM

    That is just adorable!

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    noble pig — December 17, 2008 @ 2:19 AM

    This is so beautiful, I really want to make this, it looks so easy.

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    Reeni — December 17, 2008 @ 2:45 AM

    How gorgeous! And they look really delicious, raspberry filling, YUM!

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    Half Baked — December 17, 2008 @ 3:27 AM

    Yummm!! My mom always makes something similar to this on christmas morning. Our whole family looks forward to it every year:) Beautiful!

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    Bunny — December 17, 2008 @ 4:01 AM

    Now that’s one impressive cake!! I love this, and your right you could make this and give it as gifts and they’d love you for it!

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    Uneekdolldesigns — December 17, 2008 @ 4:29 AM

    This is a must try!

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    MyKitchenInHalfCups — December 17, 2008 @ 4:43 AM

    That is a marvelous ‘candy cane”!

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    Tokyoastrogirl — December 17, 2008 @ 4:50 AM

    Brilliant! I love this idea, especially since it does NOT contain any mint, ha! I can’t wait to make this…….and eat it:)

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    Anonymous — December 17, 2008 @ 5:04 AM

    You really outdid yourself today with the giant Candy Cane. It is absolutely beautiful! Why do I think it wouldn’t look like that if I made it?

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    anudivya — December 17, 2008 @ 5:32 AM

    This is a piece of art! Looks perfect!

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    Sharon — December 17, 2008 @ 5:47 AM

    You never cease to amaze me! This looks delicious and definitely better than a real candy cane.

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    Megan — December 17, 2008 @ 5:56 AM

    gorgeous photos! This turned out so well I’d almost feel bad eating it. Well done!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — December 17, 2008 @ 6:50 AM

    That is simply stunning! What a gorgeous center piece for a holiday table!

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    Debbie — December 17, 2008 @ 12:28 PM

    Wow. That is certainly impressive. It looks fantastic!

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    ~~louise~~ — December 17, 2008 @ 2:23 PM

    Stunning! Absolutely incredible!

    I must save this ornamental cane of beauty for National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26th)

    You are filled with talent and creativity Lori. Thank you so much for sharing…

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    Peter M — December 17, 2008 @ 3:50 PM

    Like WHOA…really Lori – that’s all – WHOA!!!

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    VeggieGirl — December 17, 2008 @ 4:15 PM

    Lori, holy goodness – that cake is just too MAGNIFICENT!!! I’m awestruck beyond belief.

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    Grace — December 17, 2008 @ 4:47 PM

    gracious me. i just love it when something cute is also delectable. this cake absolutely looks worth the effort. :)

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    Zesty Cook — December 17, 2008 @ 5:00 PM

    WOW What a post!! Great Job. I am so impressed!

    zesty

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    Parker — December 17, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

    Wow that is so beautiful, the effort was well worth it.

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    Colleen — December 17, 2008 @ 6:51 PM

    Oh wow, this looks so good! And you are quite talented!

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    Medena — December 17, 2008 @ 7:43 PM

    OMG, that looks so delicious! A lot of work, but yummy, and feeds many! Wish I could try, maybe some other time, I don’t need a special occasion to treat myself :)

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    Catherine Wilkinson — December 17, 2008 @ 8:52 PM

    Sigh…Love That Cake!
    But my daughters will attest that I can’t braid anything worth a darn. Their braids looked like tangled electrical wire!

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    Aggie — December 17, 2008 @ 9:13 PM

    It’s beautiful!!! Wow!

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    _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver — December 17, 2008 @ 10:36 PM

    This is too cool.

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    Trying to Stay Calm! — December 17, 2008 @ 11:59 PM

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ? Hugs :) Shauna

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    Susan from Food Blogga — December 18, 2008 @ 1:32 AM

    That is one of the most festive holiday desserts I have ever seen, Lori!

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    Patsyk — December 18, 2008 @ 3:14 AM

    That is so beautiful!

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    gaga — December 18, 2008 @ 4:42 AM

    What a wonderful idea. It’s looks so good and I’m sure it tastes good too!

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    Carolyn Jung — December 18, 2008 @ 5:38 AM

    Super clever idea!

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    Teresa Cordero Cordell — December 18, 2008 @ 5:44 AM

    Lori, what can I say? You did it again. Another lovely creation. They look and sound absolutely delicious.

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    Sara — December 18, 2008 @ 6:02 AM

    This coffee cake is really beautiful, you always have the most creative ideas!

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    diva — December 18, 2008 @ 6:22 AM

    woa that is amazing!! and so creative. i would never think something up like that. :) stunning. happy christmas! x

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    Aimée — December 18, 2008 @ 1:44 PM

    Beautiful! Your children’s teachers are so lucky!

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    Amanda — December 18, 2008 @ 1:50 PM

    WOW! How gorgeous is that???

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    eliza — December 18, 2008 @ 11:41 PM

    what a festive coffee cake ever! you did a very good braiding it, i’m jealous :)

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    Christine — December 19, 2008 @ 2:36 AM

    This looks wonderful – We will try this!

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    Kristen — December 19, 2008 @ 2:38 AM

    That is soooo pretty! I want to have a ladies brunch now just so I can have the excuse to take this. Gorgeous!

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    Nina Timm — December 19, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

    How beautiful is this! Now wonder you got so many lovely comments! Good work!

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    Sophie — December 19, 2008 @ 7:54 PM

    How gorgeous! Flawless and delicious job :) .

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    Clumbsy Cookie — December 20, 2008 @ 12:06 AM

    Ahahah! What a cool idea! You’re soooooo clever!

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    Jerri - Simply Sweet Home — December 20, 2008 @ 12:57 PM

    Wow! That looks awesome!

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    Gretchen Noelle — December 21, 2008 @ 12:29 PM

    This is really an adorable idea!!

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    carolina — September 6, 2009 @ 4:29 AM

    To split the recipe into three, well, its easy as dividing it into three. :P
    It looks awesomely delicious!
    xx