Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Grandma's Coffee Cake

Hello everyone, I hope your Labor Day went well.  Now is the time of year to hear all the kids in your neighborhood squealing with delight while they are anxiously waiting upon the arrival of their school bus.  Of course if your neighborhood is anything like mine you will also hear a frustrated parent dragging their child to school by their backpack that is on the child's back to ensure they do indeed go to school.  Ahhhh yes fall is here and aside from the neighborhood festivities that can delight us all, it smells wonderful in many kitchens.  Fall, to me means spending more time cooking making homemade treats for my family, and spending a lot of time with my children, while my husband is scarfing down all the goodies I have made, while watching endless hours of football.  It is also a reminder to me that has stayed in my memory for over 30 years or more.  When I was a little girl I spend a lot of time with my grandmother and when I started school I could count on this one recipe every single year on the first day of school.  I grew excited for the first day of school as any other kid does however even more excited for my grandmother's coffee cake.  I feel that no first day of school is complete than a breakfast of my grandmother's coffee cake so I shall share that recipe with you all today.

Ingredients For the Cake:

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of sugar 
1 stick and 1/4 of butter softened
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of sour cream
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt

Ingredients for the Topping:

2 sticks of butter softened
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons of cinnamon ( or more)
2 1/2 cups of flour

Instructions for the Cake:

It is optimal to use a stand mixer for this recipe however if you don't have one then a hand held mixer will be fine.  You want to start by adding butter to your mixer and mix just until creamy.  Then add sugar, and vanilla to the butter.  When the sugar and vanilla are well incorporated into the butter add the eggs one at a time.  Make sure the egg is well mixed in before adding the other one.  Next Add in all your dry ingredients into a small mixing bowl.  Stir the dry ingredients with a fork.  Now You want to add your dry ingredients a little bit at a time, I usually use a half cup at a time.  You need to alternate the dry ingredients with the sour cream.  A good rule of thumb here is to start by adding the dry and end with the dry.  Let the half cup of dry ingredients get well incorporated before adding the sour cream and vise versa.  When you have added all the sour cream and dry ingredients put the batter aside, its time to make the topping.

Ingredients for the Topping:

For the topping you will need a medium sized mixing bowl, a fork and clean hands.  To the mixing bowl add in the softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and flour.  Mix in all the ingredients with a fork or your hands.  I find using my hands works best.  make sure the topping is crumbled because that is the texture your looking for.

Now grab a cake pan and you want to grease and flour it.  I usually use some butter and a little flour and make sure you get every inch of that pan.  Now put half your batter into the bottom of the pan.  Spread out the batter with a bowl scrapper and sprinkle about half your topping on top.  Next add the rest of the batter on top of the first layer of topping.  Spread the batter around the pan and top it with the rest of the topping.  Bake in a preheated oven to 350 degrees for about 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. 
* Just as a little footnote you can use a 9 inch cake pan and the shape of it is up to you.  

Now you can always have a little taste of home no matter where you are at.  I hope you have a great day and Live, Laugh and Love.


1 comment:

  1. This looks scrumptious... thankyou for such a wonderful recipe.. going to be trying it real soon....