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Does anything create a bigger stampede than leftover birthday cake in the break-room? It might be a quirk of the modern office, but something about free food brings out the Hunter/Gatherer in all us cubicle-dwellers.

Knowing National Cake Day would be a winner in the office, we set out to wow our Lavazza Professional team with cake and, of course, perfect coffee pairings.

Rebecca Williams, Coffee Development Technologist, and Ali Placido, Assistant Brand Manager, brought their best bakes to the office.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce
“I love chocolate! It’s a family trait: my grandmother Grandma Mary C. Williams used to joke that the “C” was for chocolate. My teammate is also pregnant and craving chocolate, so I made this in her honor.”

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
“Rebecca is a trained pastry chef and I am an enthusiastic amateur, so I didn’t want to go head-to-head on cake. I think this coffee cake is a great surprise: you expect dry, flavorless cake with crumbles on top. But this boy, with two full cups of sour cream, is rich and filled with cinnamon sugar goodness. And obviously it is PERFECT with a cup of coffee.”


Almost any kind of coffee pairs well with cake, but for these tasty creations we suggest pairing them with Starbucks® Caffè Verona® or Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast.

Caffè Verona®: Originally imagined for a single Seattle restaurant in 1975, Caffé Verona features a dark cocoa texture and roasty sweetness. Pair with luxurious chocolate cake for a real treat.

Pike Place® Roast: This smoothly delicious coffee with subtle flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts is the number one selling blend in Starbucks stores. Enjoy the medium, smooth and balanced roast with a cinnamon coffee cake for an unbeatable classic combo.

Ready to try our bakes in your office? Check out the recipes below to give them a try!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Chocolate Cake

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