Que Que (Chilean Coffee Cake)

Recipe by Brenda.

This is a low, dense coffee cake, with a hint of citrus. I recommend using the lemon extract vs the vanilla called for in the recipe. My cake tends to fall in the center as some of the posters have mentioned. I tried baking in a 9x9 pan and it helped, but still sank a little. If anyone has suggestions, I love to hear them as this really is a delicious coffee cake --Brenda.

Top Review by cookiemaker54_10133464

I made a cake similar to this one for our Chilean exchange student. She took one bite & burst into tears. It seems her grandmother had made the same cake for her right before she left to come to the US, She still loved having it and I now make it on a regular basis for friends & family.

P.S. I might have made it with another recipe but I'll definitely never use this recipe again when I make Que Que. The batter overflowed the pan, burned onto the bottom of my oven and ruined the entire cake. My house now smells like burnt sugar and I have nothing to take to the potluck it was going to. Now I have to do something I have never done in my 40 years of baking...stop at the grocery and pick something up. Not a happy camper. :(

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg mix well.
  4. Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder,alternating with buttermilk.
  5. Add lemon rind, vanilla or lemon extract, and pecans.
  6. Stir to mix.
  7. Pour batter into well buttered, floured loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  8. Check for doneness with toothpick.
  9. Remove from pan and sprinkle with sugar.

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