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Pull Apart Cake

This recipe was one of the best gifts my mother-in-law ever gave me. It is my signature

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  • 16 ServingsServings


  • 5 - 6 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup coffee rich
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon lemon peel (spice Island sells it dried in the spice aisle)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (optional)


Combine Coffee Rich, Water and Margarine in a container and melt together in microwave until warm but not hot.

Put 2 C. flour, ½ C Sugar, Salt, Yeast and Lemon Peel in a Mixer Bowl. Add warm liquid and mix until combined. Add Eggs and mix again for 2 minutes. Change to kneading hooks and add 3 C. Flour. Add enough more flour to make a soft but not sticky dough. Knead for several minutes. Turn into a greased bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Cut the dough into 32 pieces (½ it and ½ it again and again until you have 32 more or less equal pieces.)

You MAY add chocolate chips at this time if desired.

Grease a round tube pan with Pam. Dip each piece of cake into the oil and then into the crumb mixture. Put pieces in tube pan:

16 on the bottom.
16 on the top.
(and…believe it or not…..11 on the outside and 5 on the inside!)

Let cake rise in tube pan until it reaches the top of the pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


After the cake has cooled, PUT IT IN THE FREEZER! If you remove it from the pan frozen it is less likely to fall apart!

Allow to defrost before serving!

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