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Best Places To Get Coffee Cake In OC

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Coffee cake can be made in a variety of ways. Often it is topped with cinnamon streusel. Other times it is made with coffee. In other recipes, the cake is topped with fruit. Regardless of how it's made, it's a delicious treat - especially in the morning with a cup of hot (and preferably black) coffee. Try these places for great coffee cakes.

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Assal Pastry
14130 Culver Drive, Suite H1
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 733-3262
assalpastryus.com

The coffee cake that you'll find at this Persian bakery is a little different than what might you may be used to, but you'll appreciate the difference. This is a layered cake that tastes like a mocha on a plate, and it will perk up your taste buds. This is a moist treat that is even better when it is accompanied by a coffee drink - particularly an espresso. Assal is in a busy shopping center, so parking can be a little tricky, but this cake definitely makes it worth any trouble.

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Poul's Danish-American Bakery
770 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 532-5101
pouls-bakery.com

It's not easy for any establishment to remain in business for 50 years, but Poul's has been an Orange County institution for longer than that. When you go to a bakery or coffee shop, you might expect to find one kind of coffee cake. Poul's carries 12 different kinds of coffee cakes including raspberry (pictured) and apricot with almond filling. The center is soft and practically melts in your mouth while the edge of the crust is perfectly flaky. It's a pretty safe bet that you won't just make one visit to this bakery.

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Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 443-1342
ramoshouse.com

The coffee cake here is only available for brunch on weekends, but once you've tried it, you'll probably make it your sweet selection when you visit for lunch. This is not your standard coffee cake. The coffee cake here is made with huckleberries, baked fresh right in the restaurant and is not like any other coffee cake you've had. Once you've had one bite, you'll be thankful it's unique. Brunch at The Ramos House is every Saturday and Sunday, and the cost is $40 per person.

Related: Best coffee spots in Orange County

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Hidden House Cafe
31791 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 240-0200
hiddenhousecoffee.com

Hidden House is a cozy little cafe that has the advantage of a great location - right across from the train station in San Juan Capistrano. The coffee cake here is baked fresh every day and is made with sour cream and topped with a cinnamon-pecan streusel. One thing is for sure: you'll want to come back for this delicious cake, and you'll find it pairs wonderfully with a cup of the coffee that is roasted right in the cafe.

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Kiki Bakery
14250 Culver Drive, Suite A
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 243-0118
yelp.com/kikibakeryirvine

Located in Irvine, Kiki Bakery offers something different than the standard coffee cake. Best paired with an espresso and enjoyed slowly, the coffee cake here is made with mocha cheese and tastes as good as it sounds. You'll be glad you found this little gem when you get your first taste of the mocha cheesecake.

Related: Best bakeries in Orange County

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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