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.

69 Responses to “Candy Cane Coffee Cake”

  1. postedDec 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)

  2. postedDec 16, 2008 1:51 PM
    The Short (dis)Order Cook

    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.

  3. postedDec 16, 2008 1:52 PM

    Looks sooo good! 😀

  4. postedDec 16, 2008 2:05 PM

    How cute!

  5. postedDec 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…

  6. postedDec 16, 2008 3:24 PM

    What a great idea, so fabulous and festive!!

  7. postedDec 16, 2008 3:25 PM
    Girl Japan

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

  8. postedDec 16, 2008 3:46 PM

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

  9. postedDec 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!

  10. postedDec 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

  11. postedDec 16, 2008 6:14 PM

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

  12. postedDec 16, 2008 6:21 PM

    All that hard work paid off! What a presentation.

  13. postedDec 16, 2008 7:01 PM
    Happy cook

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

  14. postedDec 16, 2008 7:40 PM
    Snooky doodle

    this surely is impressive. SO so nice !!

  15. postedDec 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!!

  16. postedDec 16, 2008 8:40 PM
    The Food Librarian

    Beyond awesome and beautiful! It is amazing!!!

  17. postedDec 16, 2008 8:43 PM
    Robin Sue

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

  18. postedDec 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!

  19. postedDec 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

  20. postedDec 16, 2008 9:51 PM

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

  21. postedDec 17, 2008 12:30 AM

    I like looking at all the steps. Looks great.

  22. postedDec 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.

  23. postedDec 17, 2008 2:11 AM

    That is just adorable!

  24. postedDec 17, 2008 2:19 AM
    noble pig

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

  25. postedDec 17, 2008 2:45 AM

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

  26. postedDec 17, 2008 3:27 AM
    Half Baked

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

  27. postedDec 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!

  28. postedDec 17, 2008 4:29 AM

    This is a must try!

  29. postedDec 17, 2008 4:43 AM

    That is a marvelous ‘candy cane”!

  30. postedDec 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:)

  31. postedDec 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?

  32. postedDec 17, 2008 5:32 AM

    This is a piece of art! Looks perfect!

  33. postedDec 17, 2008 5:47 AM

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

  34. postedDec 17, 2008 5:56 AM

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

  35. postedDec 17, 2008 6:50 AM
    My Sweet & Saucy

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

  36. postedDec 17, 2008 12:28 PM

    Wow. That is certainly impressive. It looks fantastic!

  37. postedDec 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…

  38. postedDec 17, 2008 3:50 PM
    Peter M

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

  39. postedDec 17, 2008 4:15 PM

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

  40. postedDec 17, 2008 4:47 PM

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

  41. postedDec 17, 2008 5:00 PM
    Zesty Cook

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


  42. postedDec 17, 2008 5:48 PM

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

  43. postedDec 17, 2008 6:51 PM

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

  44. postedDec 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 🙂

  45. postedDec 17, 2008 8:52 PM
    Catherine Wilkinson

    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!

  46. postedDec 17, 2008 9:13 PM

    It’s beautiful!!! Wow!

  47. postedDec 17, 2008 10:36 PM
    _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    This is too cool.

  48. postedDec 17, 2008 11:59 PM
    Trying to Stay Calm!

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

  49. postedDec 18, 2008 1:32 AM
    Susan from Food Blogga

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

  50. postedDec 18, 2008 3:14 AM

    That is so beautiful!

  51. postedDec 18, 2008 4:42 AM

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

  52. postedDec 18, 2008 5:38 AM
    Carolyn Jung

    Super clever idea!

  53. postedDec 18, 2008 5:44 AM
    Teresa Cordero Cordell

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

  54. postedDec 18, 2008 6:02 AM

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

  55. postedDec 18, 2008 6:22 AM

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

  56. postedDec 18, 2008 1:44 PM

    Beautiful! Your children’s teachers are so lucky!

  57. postedDec 18, 2008 1:50 PM

    WOW! How gorgeous is that???

  58. postedDec 18, 2008 11:41 PM

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

  59. postedDec 19, 2008 2:36 AM

    This looks wonderful – We will try this!

  60. postedDec 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!

  61. postedDec 19, 2008 1:32 PM
    Nina Timm

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

  62. postedDec 19, 2008 7:54 PM

    How gorgeous! Flawless and delicious job :).

  63. postedDec 20, 2008 12:06 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

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

  64. postedDec 20, 2008 12:57 PM
    Jerri - Simply Sweet Home

    Wow! That looks awesome!

  65. postedDec 21, 2008 12:29 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    This is really an adorable idea!!

  66. postedSep 6, 2009 4:29 AM

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

  67. postedDec 22, 2015 9:14 AM
    Marni Braverman-Lara

    I first made this recipe back in 1998, my freshman year of high school in foods class.  It is not that difficult at all, although it is amazingly yummy.  The only difference is we used and Ias well continueto use because its so delicious is for the filling I use almond paste and Comstock cherries.  YUMMY!  Enjoy and I promise you, you will surprise yourself and make a treat everyone will ask for each year to come!!!

  68. postedDec 22, 2015 1:10 PM

    What size rectangle are you rolling them out to???? Also looks devine and i plan to try making them.Beautiful!!

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