Meringue Coffee Cake Two Ways: Daring Baker’s Challenge

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      The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast.  Ria and Jamie challenged the Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.  I’ve gotten pretty good at these yeast filled breads as I’ve made several over the last few months.  They aren’t for everyone, but my husband and I really enjoy them.

     I wanted to keep the actual bread recipe as close to the original as possible and decided to play with the fillings.  Each recipe makes two different coffee cakes so I went with two very different fillings.  The first was a milk and dark chocolate blend with hazelnuts and the second was a cranberry, white chocolate, and almond filling with spices.

    The making of the bread and fillings is time consuming.  To make the meringue, the fillings, roll up the bread, and make the ring took me 45 minutes alone.  However, this dough is awesome!  It came out crisp and brown on the outside but is so soft on the inside.  The chocolate and hazelnut one was perfect with a cup of coffee for dessert.  The cranberry one had a burst of flavor including ginger, a hint of lemon, and the cranberry.  They were totally different but both amazing!  I can’t wait to try other flavor combinations with this dough.

Filled Meringue Coffee Cake (adapted from a recipe Jamie found in her house)

For the coffee cake:
4 1/4 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 package (2 1/4 t.) yeast
3/4 c. milk (I used low fat)
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
2 eggs

For the meringue:
4 large egg whites (reserving 2 of the yolks for the egg wash)
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar

Chocolate Filling:
1/2 c. hazelnuts, chopped
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. dark chocolate, chopped

1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cranberry, white chocolate, and almond filling:
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 T. sugar
2 T. chopped candied ginger
zest 1 lemon
1/4 c. almonds, chopped
1/4 c. white chocolate chips

1.  In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 c. flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.  Mix well.

2.  In a small saucepan heat the milk, water, and butter over medium heat until most of the butter melts and the mixture is just warm.  Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes.

3.  Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture, beating on low speed until the mixtures are combined.  Beat an additional 2 minutes.  Add in the eggs and 1 cup flour.  Continue beating for 2 additional minutes.
4.  Using a wooden spoon, add in 1 1/2 c. flour, stirring until the dough forms a ball.   Dust a surface with flour and turn the dough onto it.  Knead in the remaining 1/4 c. flour.  Continue kneading the dough for 8-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Add additional flour as needed.  (I added about another 1/4 c. of flour)

5.  Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning to coat on all sides.  Cover with plastic wrap, then a clean kitchen towel.  Place somewhere warm and let rise 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

6.  Prepare the meringue and gather the filling ingredients once the dough has doubled.  To make the meringue put the egg whites in a metal mixing bowl.  Add the salt and beat with an electric mixture starting on low and slowly climbing to high speed.  Mix in the vanilla and then the sugar, 1 Tablespoon at a time until very stiff pearks form.  Set aside.
7.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Punch down the dough and divide in half.  Lightly dust the work surface and roll out one half of the dough to a 20 x 10 rectangle.  Spread half the meringue onto the dough, leaving a half inch edge around the dough.  Sprinkle the first half with cinnamon and sugar, then the chocolates, and finally the hazelnuts.  Roll up starting with the long end.  Pinch the seams together.  Gather in a circle and pinch the seams closed.  Using kitchen shears make cuts about 1 1/2 inches apart into the outside edge of the dough.
8.  Repeat the rolling of the dough and spreading the meringue on the second piece of dough.  Sprinkle with sugar, ginger, lemon zest, cranberries, almonds, then the white chocolate chips.  Roll up starting with the long end.  Gather in a circle and pinch the seams closed.  Using kitchen shears make cuts about 1 1/2 inches apart into the outside edge of the dough.
9.  Put 1 meringue coffee cake on each cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise for 1-2 hours or until the cakes almost double. 


10.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Brush the tops of the cakes with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  The cakes will sound hollow when tapped. 
11.  Remove from oven and slide the parchment paper onto the table.  Loosen the cakes from the parchment and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. 
12.  Dust with powdered sugar, cocoa, or drizzle chocolate over cakes and serve with coffee.


  1. Wow, that cake looks fantastic. I’m sure that all the hard work was totally worth it once you took the first bite. Thanks for linking this up.

  2. Oh! I love the cranberry/almond/white chocolate combination and you can never go wrong with chocolate and hazelnuts! I tried a savory take and a sweet take on my first time out with DB’s. What fun it is to see everyone else’s filling ideas!

    Great job!

  3. Your coffee cakes look so pretty! I love how prefect circle shape they have 🙂 and the white chocolate, cranberry and almond one sounds terrific! I totally agree with youwhen it comes to the prep time but it’s worth every second 😀

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