Greenlandic Coffee & Cake

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recipe by Arousing Appetites

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    Total Time
    1hr 30mins
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You see, the kaffemik itself is much more than the special coffee or coffee cake that we’ll show you here. It is as much about social institution as it is about food. The idea of a kaffemik is to host an intimate gathering with friends and family in which there happens to be yummy foods to snack on and hot drinks to keep warm. As a way to demonstrate status, the host will provide food and drink for the entire kaffemik – sometimes even taking up to several days to prepare! – in anticipation of accommodating their local community. Nowadays, it’s less for the entire local community and more for your friends and family, but the kaffemik still remains a very intimate, social and localized tradition.

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recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Water icon
    1.25 cups (300ml)
  • Active dried yeast icon
    Active dried yeast
    ½ cup
  • Coconut sugar icon
    Coconut sugar
    about ½ cup (102g)
  • Butter icon
    about ½ cup (115g)
  • Raisins icon
    about ½ cup (84g)
  • Pastry flour icon
    Pastry flour
    3 cups (367g)
  • Powdered sugar icon
    Powdered sugar
    1 tsp (3g)
  • Ground cardamom icon
    Ground cardamom
    about ½ teaspoon (1g)
  • Milk icon
    1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Hot coffee icon
    Hot coffee
    4 cups (960g)
  • Whiskey icon
    ½ cup (120ml)
  • Kahlua icon
    ½ cup (120ml)
  • Grand marnier icon
    Grand marnier
    ½ cup (120ml)
  • Whipped cream icon
    Whipped cream
    4 tbsp (about 15g)


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Glass measuring cup
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Baking dish - 2 quart
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 200°C
  2. Add water and active dried yeast to a clean small bowl without stirring
  3. Set aside
  4. Add coconut sugar, butter, raisins and water to a clean large mixing bowl
  5. Stir until melted
  6. Transfer water to dough
  7. Whisk slowly
  8. Add pastry flour to the dough gradually while whisking
  9. Mix well and set aside and let rise - approx 30 min
  10. Knead into a circle - approx 3 min
  11. Prepare a clean baking dish
  12. Transfer dough to baking dish
  13. Bake - approx 25 min, 200°C
  14. Add powdered sugar and ground cardamom to a clean small bowl
  15. Combine
  16. Set aside
  17. Brush with milk generously
  18. Transfer sugar mixture to cake then set aside
  19. Add hot coffee, whiskey, kahlua and grand marnier to a clean glass measuring cup
  20. Mix well with tablespoon
  21. Slice cake
  22. Pour liquid
  23. Top with whipped cream to taste
  24. Serve
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