Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts - a deliciously moist bundt cake with a unique hint of sherry wine. It's one of the best Christmas Treats and it is always a crowd favorite at Christmas. This is definitely the best Christmas Cake that you've never heard of! Follow us for more great Christmas Food ideas!

I am pretty sure Christmas Morning Coffee Cake started as a Christmas Eve dessert for our family, but over the years it became our Christmas morning, opening presents, pre-Christmas brunch snack. This cake is incredibly moist and delicious.   I know when you get to the part where it says “beat the mixture for 7 minutes” you are going to say 3 minutes is fine, but it’s not, trust me. Make this cake!!! And follow the recipe exactly.  You won’t be sorry. I promise.

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How to Make Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

You will need:

  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Large Package Vanilla Pudding
  • 3/4 Cups Oil
  • 3/4 Cups Sherry
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (Pecans or Walnuts)
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Bundt Pan

Add cake mix, pudding and butter to a mixing bowl

Add the yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding mix and 1 Tbsp. of butter to a mixing bowl.

Adding remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl

Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl – oil, eggs, vanilla and the Sherry.

A note from Two Sisters about the Sherry:  Laurie and I had a disagreement about allowing my three-year-old to eat the Sherry Cake last year.   I had heard that alcohol cooking out of food was a myth.  We ended up not letting her have any.  If you have concerns, the following chart comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Sherry Cake bakes for 50 minutes so according to this chart the cake will only retain approximately 25% of the 3/4 Cups of Sherry in the finished product.

Alcohol Burn Off Chart

Mix Sherry Cake ingredients for 7 minutes

Mix the Christmas Morning Coffee Cake ingredients for a full 7 minutes.  After 3 or 4 minutes you will be tempted to stop.  Do not!  It really makes a difference in how the finish cake will taste. While the cake is mixing, start combining the cake filling.

Sherry Cake filling

In a separate bowl, mix the 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nuts and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon for the Sherry Cake filing.    We used pecans here but sometimes we use walnuts.  Both taste equally good.

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Grease your bundt pan

Grease your bundt pan with butter or shortening.  You do not need to flour the pan.

Pour 1/2 of the cake batter into the pan

Pour 1/2 of the cake batter into the bundt pan. Because you mixed the cake batter for so long, there will be air bubbles.  Gently tap the pan on the counter to get rid of the air bubbles.

Pour filling onto the cake batter

Carefully spoon the filling onto the cake batter in a ring around the center of the bundt pan as pictured above.

Sherry Cake filing

This is what the cake should look like after you have added all of the sugar/nut mixture.

Pour in the remaining cake mixture

Pour in the remaining cake mixture.  Again there will be air bubbles in the cake batter.  At this point DO NOT tap the pan on the counter to get rid of them.  Your filling will sink down to the bottom of the cake pan and it will not taste as good like that.  Let the cake mixture sit for a bit and the air bubbles will rise up and you can puncture them with a toothpick.

Bake in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees

Bake the Christmas Morning Coffee Cake in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let the cake cool completely before you remove it from the pan.

Dust the Christmas Morning Coffee Cake with Powdered Sugar

Once the Christmas Morning Coffee Cake has completely cooled, dust it with powdered sugar.

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts - a deliciously moist bundt cake with a unique hint of sherry wine. It's one of the best Christmas Treats and it is always a crowd favorite at Christmas. This is definitely the best Christmas Cake that you've never heard of! Follow us for more great Christmas Food ideas!

Here is the inside of the cake.  The filling is so yummy. The cake is so moist and delicious.

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts - a deliciously moist bundt cake with a unique hint of sherry wine. It's one of the best Christmas Treats and it is always a crowd favorite at Christmas. This is definitely the best Christmas Cake that you've never heard of! Follow us for more great Christmas Food ideas!

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake is one of our all-time favorite desserts – a deliciously moist bundt cake with an unique hint of sherry wine.  It is always a crowd favorite at family gatherings, potlucks or office parties.  We can’t recommend this recipe highly enough!  And although we have this strange family tradition (that nobody can remember who started!) of only eating this cake at Christmas, it’s good all-year around!

Nancy

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Christmas Morning Coffee Cake is one of our favorite Christmas Desserts - a deliciously moist bundt cake with a unique hint of sherry wine. It's one of the best Christmas Treats and it is always a crowd favorite at Christmas. This is definitely the best Christmas Cake that you've never heard of! Follow us for more great Christmas Food ideas!

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Christmas Morning Coffee Cake
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Two Sisters Crafting
Ingredients
  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Large Package Vanilla Pudding
  • 3/4 Cups Oil
  • 3/4 Cups Sherry
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (Pecans or Walnuts)
  • Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine cake mix, pudding, oil, eggs, sherry and butter in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat mixture for 7 minutes.
  3. Mix sugar, cinnamon and nuts in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased bunt pan.
  5. Sprinkle nut mixture on top of cake batter.
  6. Pour on the remaining batter.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar.

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2 comments on “Christmas Morning Coffee Cake”

  1. Can you use rum instead of sherry?!

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