Bake the Book: Blum's Coffee Crunch Cake

[Photograph: Peden and Munk]

One of the great things about dessert is its power to stick in people's minds. Such is the case with Blum's Coffee Cake, a beloved dessert Sweet author Valerie Gordon decided to resurrect. She did it such justice that she was approached by a tearful woman who claimed, "I tasted my childhood." Now, wouldn't you want to make that?

The cake uses coffee two ways: first, in a fluffy coffee whipped cream, and again in an aerated honeycomb candy that provides a contrasting crunchy coating. Layers of lemony chiffon cake gives it structure.

Tips & Tweaks: As one of the more visually arresting cakes in the book, this one requires a little last-minute effort. Keep the crunch separate as you chill and frost the cake. It needs to be added at the last possible moment, lest its delicate structure gets soggy.

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Sweet to give away.

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