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. Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 9:07
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    If you've not tried coffee cake (with coffee in it), Coffee and walnut cake is incredible.
    – vwiggins
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 19:32

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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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