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Swedish Puff Coffee Cake

Some of my most treasured childhood memories involve waking to the heavenly scent of this almond-glazed coffee cake baking in the oven. — Mary Shenk, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place flour in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. On an ungreased baking sheet, press dough into a 10-in. circle.
  • For topping, in a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Remove from heat; stir in extract. Add flour all at once and beat until blended. Cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball, stirring vigorously. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until smooth. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny; spread over pastry.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cover loosely with foil during the last 5 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and extract until smooth. Spread over top; sprinkle with coconut.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 326 calories, 21g fat (14g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • PennyLund
    Dec 25, 2020

    I got this recipe from my Mother-in-lLaw over 50 years ago and have made it for Easter and Christmas and other ocasions since. She used Almonds on top instead of coconut. I'm tryiing a cobination of two. I always color the powdered sugar frosting according to holiday which adds to its festive delight!!

  • IslandWife
    Jun 4, 2018

    I made this one morning at the spur of the moment. We had to leave soon, so we ate it about 10 minutes out of the oven. We weren't wild about it because it tasted very "eggy". However, the next morning we heated up the left overs. Wow! The "eggy" taste was gone, and it was a perfect blend of almond, texture, etc. I omitted the coconut (just personal preference) and it was still very tasty. We really liked it - so, lesson learned - follow the recipe and actually allow it to cool before you eat it! ;)

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  • jdnjb5
    Apr 15, 2013

    Very tasty and easy to make, my guests loved it - did just what the recipe asked for.

  • jjbane
    Apr 11, 2013

    I omitted the coconut and put almonds on top instead! It was a huge hit!

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    Mar 30, 2013

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    Mar 20, 2013

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