The Joy of Sundays: Family, Rest and an Espresso Revelation


This glazed espresso bundt cake is a reminder of why Sundays are the best days for Italian America.

By: Francesca Montillo, Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures 

Whether it’s gelato, mousse, pastry cream or just in a plain ol’ cup, if it’s coffee- or espresso-flavored, chances are I will love it! I love the smell of freshly brewed espresso, nothing can compare to it for me.

It really reminds me of my days growing up in Italy. And it brings me back to my Sundays in Italy.

You see, during the week, mornings were a matter of getting ready for school. My dad would go to the central market to buy fresh produce for his small business, my mom was busy prepping us kids for the day ahead, and there wasn’t much time for lingering. But Sundays? Sundays were days of sleeping in, and waking up to the smell of freshly brewed espresso, and sauce simmering. On some Sundays, my dad would go to the local panificio, or bread shop, and buy we ladies in the house a freshly baked cornetto, and he’d prepare some espresso for us all.

Yes, even us kids got an espresso with, of course, lots and lots of milk in it. Sometimes, as an extra treat, we’d get a caffe al zabaglione. So every time I smell espresso brewing, it brings me back to those Sundays in Italy. (If you wonder how much I love Sundays, be sure to read this post.)

It’s not shocking that I love this cake and everything about it. The ease of preparation and the espresso flavor make this one of my favorites. It’s dairy free and a great accompaniment to, well, coffee, of course! This makes a great hostess gift, a treat for the office party, and yes, it’s even great for breakfast. Go for it, I won’t judge! 😉

 

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A few basic ingredients are all you need! Start by brewing some espresso, you will want it cooled off by the time you add it to the rest of the ingredients. 
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A small mountain of freshly sifted flour and baking powder, to be added to the wet ingredients. 
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As the eggs and sugar are being whipped, we prep the rest of the ingredients: Espresso, oil and flour with baking powder. 
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Add the batter to a bundt pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and off in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes!
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Unglazed! You could just dust it off with some confectioners sugar, but of course, an espresso glaze adds even more coffee flavor! 

Ciambella al Caffe (Espresso Bundt Cake)

Ingredients

Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup of sugar
3 medium eggs
1/2 cup extra light tasting olive oil

1 cup freshly brewed espresso, cooled

Glaze
2 cups confectioners sugar
3 -4 tablespoons hot espresso

Directions: 
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a Bundt pan with non-fat cooking spray, set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, sift the flour and baking powder, set aside.
3) Using a stand mixer, or handheld mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until they are light and frothy, about 3 minutes.
4) Change the mixer setting to low, and slowly stream in the oil. Once the oil is incorporated, add the cooled espresso and mix well.
5) Still with the mixer on low, add the flour and baking powder mixture. Mix well, but do not over-beat.
6) Add batter to prepared pan and bake in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Test cake with a toothpick for doneness. Invert cake on a serving plate and cool cake completely before glazing.

To prepare the glaze mix the sugar with a few tablespoons of hot espresso. If the glaze is too thick, add another teaspoon of coffee, likewise, if it’s too thin, add some more sugar. Drizzle icing over cake. Allow at least 1 hour for glaze to harden before slicing and serving.

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That glaze! I could just eat that by the spoonful! 
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