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Gooey Apricot Orange Twisted Coffee Cake

A perfect sweet bread with warm apricots and orange this gooey apricot orange twisted coffee cake will be a big hit at your next tea time or for the holidays. 

Gooey Apricot Orange Coffee Cake Ring

At what point in your post-wedded bliss did your family start asking you about the impending grand-babies? Cause I have been getting questions. Or rather anxious hopes that the wee-ones will magically arrive any day with one swift and powder I Dream of Jeannie Blink.  But they’re a ways off. I mean, a ways. And it’s not just me that has the fever- but grandma has some baby fever worse than any other person I know.

Gooey Apricot Orange Coffee Cake Ring

When I was in college she pinned her hopes of me coming home with an MRS degree – only to disappoint her when I was single and baby-less. Of course she wanted the man to come before the kid – but at one point her fever (cough, desperation cough) was so bad she was willing to pre-forgive me if I got the order backwards…

Five years later, she is still waiting and within 3.27 seconds of coming over for a visit she offers up the carbs, cookies and rolls (oh my!) to me all in an effort to butter me up for the impending borage of questions regarding the topic. She is strategic that old broad! I can’t dodge them. It’s a veritable baby-fevered mine field, and I fall for it every. single. time! I can’t help but lay down my defenses when carbs are involved. Worst of all of this is that she knows it, too.

Gooey Apricot Orange Coffee Cake Ring

But I have to say the woman knows her carbs and this apricot orange coffee cake ring reminds me of her in every way. The squishy-just-like-a-Michelin-baby’s-leg apricot orange coffee cake ring rolls kill me dead. And if babies are this squishy and filled with apricot and orange – I would eat them up. Not in a weird Dommer-esque way, just an OMG-Give-Me-All-The-Squish  way. I’m not helping my cause, am I? I yearn for her home made bread and rolls just like I yearn for das bebehs. But right now, I’ll take the calories and carbs… like I said, imperfect body but money in the bank.

Gooey Apricot Orange Coffee Cake Ring

For other carby bread and roll recipes try these!
Bourbon Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns
Cashew Crusted Cherry French Toast
Summer Vegetable Panzanella
Summer vegetable Panzanella

Gooey Apricot Orange Twisted Coffee Cake

Yield: 12 Rolls - 2 Rings

Prep Time: 2 Hours

Cook Time: 25 Minuts

Total Time: 2.5 Hours

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1 ½ cup Milk (100-110 degrees)
½ cup (8 Tbsp) Butter, melted and cooled
⅓ cup Honey
3 Egg Yolks, lightly beaten (reserve egg whites for egg-wash)
1 Tbsp Vanilla
5 cups Flour
1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp) Rapid Rise Yeast
2 tsp Salt

Filling :
2 cups Dried Apricots
1 cup Water
¼ cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
¼ cup Orange Juice

Drizzle ::
½ cup Powdered Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp Orange Juice


Whisk together the milk, butter, honey, egg yolks, and vanilla in a bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, outfitted with the dough hook attachment, combine 5 cups of flour, yeast, and salt. In a steady stream with the mixer on low, pour in the milk/egg/butter mixture until the dough comes together.
Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for 5-7 minutes or until it is smooth. If the dough is still sticky, add in more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allot to rise for 1 hour - or until it has doubled in size. *Note* My favorite place is on top of my dryer when I can drying clothes.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly flour. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each piece into an 18x9 inch rectangle. Cover each with half of the apricot-orange filling *recipe for that is next*.
Roll the dough into a tight log and pinch the ends so the seam will close. Repeat with other dough log. Shape each one into a ring. Using a sharp knife or good pair of kitchen scissors, make 11 cuts into the dough nearly all the way through. Turn each pieces of dough upwards so you can see the inside roll and filling. Lightly spray both pieces with non-stick spray, cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for about 1 − 1 ½ hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly brush the rolls with a mixture of the egg whites you reserved and 2 Tablespoons of water. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top - take a peek so they don't over bake. If baking both at the same time, switch and rotate the sheets half way through baking so they both bake evenly.

Let cool for one hour. Whisk together the Drizzle ingredients and drizzle on top before serving.

Bring the apricots, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until the apricots have softened and the water has nearly completely evaporated, about 15 minutes. Place in a food processor, and add in orange zest, orange juice, and process until smooth. Scrape the bowl if necessary. Let the mixture cool before placing into the middle of the dough. *Important* If it is too hot, the yeast will die and the dough will not rise!!

Mildly adapted from Cook's Country Almond Ring Coffee Cake with Apricot Orange Filling


41 Responses to “Gooey Apricot Orange Twisted Coffee Cake”

  1. #
    Gail {a stack of dishes} — October 11, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    Seduced by baked goods. My kinda woman. But with such beautiful baked babies as yours, who could really complain?? Great post! Really enjoyed it.

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:01 am

      I’m so glad someone understands how seductive carbs can be hahaha

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    Tieghan — October 11, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    Oh man, girl!! This is awesome and so pretty! Your twist looks perfect!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:04 am

      Thanks Tieghan! I’m a sucker for twisted up carbs! haha

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 11, 2013 @ 5:30 am

    I wish I knew how to bake. These are so beautiful! Love the tea cups too.

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:13 am

      Girlfriend, you’ve got to learn how to bake – I can teach you the ways. Like the Yoda of carbs! 🙂

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    DessertForTwo — October 11, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Maybe you should borrow a friend’s kid that’s particularly poorly behaved, and drop him off at grandma’s house for an afternoon? That’ll stop her 😉

    I would probably bite off someone’s head if they asked me when I was having a baby, but you have way more manners than me 🙂

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:16 am

      That’s a brilliant idea!! Now, where do I find badly behaved kids? Can I rent them? Kidding!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 11, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    What a fabulous flavour!! Love this cake!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:17 am

      Thanks Katrina!! I brought it into work for my coworkers, or I would have eaten it all!! They devoured it. So I think that spoke for how good it was haha

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 11, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    Gorgeous photography and styling, girl! This is what breakfast in Heaven must look like. Love that you combined apricot and orange for your yeasted beauty. For goodness sakes…those ladies never give up wanting to hear just when babies may arrive! Thanks for sharing, girl. Will be pinning tonight!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:30 am

      Thanks Stacy!! And yeah – the woman has been at it for 6 years – and it’s been 6 years of disappointment for her. She can hold out a little longer. I think it’s what keeps her going haha

  7. #
    Erika — October 11, 2013 @ 6:06 am

    GURL!!! That is heaven in a skillet right there..

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:31 am

      It just fit to darn perfect into that skillet, I couldn’t resist. I mean ,what doesn’t look amazeballs in cast iron? Thanks Love!!

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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — October 11, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    wow! that coffee cake looks amazing!!!!!! Wishing I had some right now.

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:32 am

      I would happily send some your way Steph…But uh… I hate it. And so did the guys at work. So really it didn’t last long. hahah 🙂

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — October 11, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    Grandmas are relentless! Fortunately, I have a sister who just married an older guy, so she’s stealing the “baby time!” spolight, but my grams is def the one who asks me about it the most. Next time, I’ll distract here with this heap o’ buttery carby apricot love. Gorgeous pics too, and I’m a sucker for anything baked in cast iron!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:40 am

      Yes – use the carbs as a distraction! That’s a brilliant idea. Next time I’ll fight her using her own carby methods!

  10. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — October 11, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    Seeing this first thing in the morning has got my tummy GROWLING!! This looks insanely good!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 8:41 am

      I’d apologize for making your tummy grumble – but really I’m not sorry at all!! Really, my tummy is gurgling for these again, too.

  11. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 11, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I get asked about grandbabies and I’m not even married yet!!! Goodness gracious! Love this coffee cake!

  12. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 11, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    When baby #1 does come then you get the questions about baby #2. They won’t ever stop!

  13. #
    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — October 11, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Ha! I remember the baby questions all to well. And you know what? Once you actually have one, they give you about 2 seconds off before they start asking when you’re going to have another one. Sheesh!

    Gorgeous cake full of delicious carbs! So fun meeting you this week too. You are so fun! And looking forward to more fun come December!

  14. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 11, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Dude, you know my parental units are always asking when the stork is going to drop by! But I plan on distracting them with this coffee cake!!! Gorgeous!!

  15. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — October 11, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Giiiiiirl! I cannot get over how insanely divine this cake looks!!!

  16. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — October 11, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I fell of my chair at gooey….

  17. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 11, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Dude I could eat this entire cake by myself. Seriously. PINNED!

    • Megan replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

      I should have brought the other roll to Iowa!! Haha thanks girl!! And thanks for everything this weekend, I left totally inspired.

  18. #
    Gaby — October 11, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    I could use a big slice of this right now and then maybe another! So gorgeous!!

  19. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 12, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    These would make a beautiful and decadent breakfast!

  20. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 12, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this coffee cake is gorgeous 🙂 I am loving the flavors you used!

  21. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — October 12, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Woah- that is so incredibly beautiful. I’ve never seen rolls done in a ring like that but you’ve definitely inspired me. I would love a warm gooey roll waiting for me first thing tomorrow morning if you can arrange that 🙂

  22. #
    Des — October 13, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    On my wedding day my mom gave me a card that said “Now that everyone can stop asking you when you’re getting married….When are you having kids?” She thought it was hilarious! We still made her wait 4 years 🙂

  23. #
    Laura H — October 13, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious. Please tell me more about the tea cup and saucer in the photos. I ADORE it! Would you be able to look at the bottom and email me what it says? Thanks so much!!

    • Megan replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

      Hi Laura! I looked at the tea set and it’s made by a company called Grace. Hope that helps! I just have the one tea cup and saucer, but it love it to pieces!

  24. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 13, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    This Coffee Cake would be a big hit in my house and by that I mean I will fight anyone who comes close to it because there will be no sharing! Looks beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  25. #
    Laura@baking in pyjamas — October 15, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    I love coffee cakes and I love the flavours in yours. It sounds and looks lovely.

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    abby @ thingsforboys — June 13, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

    Made this ahead of time and froze it then pulled it out for a birthday brunch…delicious!


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