Baking spray with flour
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
10 tablespoon unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream (at room temperature)
3/4 cup strong freshly brewed coffee
Sugared coffee beans:
3 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 tablespoon honey
12 whole coffee beans
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons espresso powder combined with 3 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlúa), optional
1. Heat oven to 350° with rack in the center. Lightly coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray; set aside.
2. To make cake: Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl, whisking well; set aside. Place butter in a separate bowl; beat with an electric mixer at medium-low speed, until soft and creamy. Add sugar; beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with sour cream first, then coffee. Stir well with rubber spatula; scrape any batter at the bottom to combine.
3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until knife tip inserted in the middle comes out clean (45-55 minutes); let cool.
4. To make sugared coffee beans: Sprinkle some superfine sugar onto a sheet of wax paper. Dip 1 coffee bean into honey, transfer wet bean to wax paper, and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Continue with the remaining coffee beans; let dry.
5. To make glaze: Combine powdered sugar, espresso powder mixture, and liqueur (if desired) in a medium bowl; stir well with a fork until smooth. Transfer cooled cake to a serving platter. Drizzle glaze generously over cake; decorate with sugared coffee beans.
Courtesy of Barbara Jones with Suzanne Cook and Company