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There is no coffee in any of the recipes I've seen for coffee cake, so why is it called that?

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Note that some people use "coffee cake" to describe cakes which contain coffee. In my house when I was growing up, "coffee cake" was coffee-flavoured sponge, usually with coffee-flavoured icing. – Peter Taylor Apr 26 '12 at 9:07
If you've not tried coffee cake (with coffee in it), Coffee and walnut cake is incredible. – vwiggins May 1 '12 at 19:32
up vote 23 down vote accepted

It is traditionally served with coffee when getting together with friends for coffee; kind of like tea-cakes are served at tea-time.

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