Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Butter Cake + Cinnamon Sugar = Scrumptious Coffee Cake

Adding a layer of cinnamon sugar to a plain butter cake is an easy way to make eating cake in the morning slightly more acceptable (let's not even consider that doing this adds MORE sugar to the cake). I would caution you not to start many mornings this way. Instead, tuck it away in your cookbook for mornings when you find yourself entertaining. Guests tend to appreciate being greeted with a slice of freshly baked coffeecake more than, say, an egg white omelet.

Even though this cake requires an hour to bake, once baked it's ready to go. Also, it sits nicely overnight so you can always make it after dinner one evening to serve the following morning.

Easy Morning Coffeecake
Print recipe only here

Makes one 10-inch bundt cake

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan.

Soften for 3-4 minutes in a mixer with paddle attachment:

* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

Add slowly (about 2-4 T at a time, over about 8 minutes, scraping sides and bottom of bowl at least once between additions):

* 2 cups sugar

Add one at a time, mixing thoroughly between additions and scraping the bowl midway between additions:

* 4 eggs


* 2 t vanilla extract

Sift together and reserve:

* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 t baking powder
* 1/2 t baking soda
* 1/2 t salt

Measure out and reserve:

* 1 cup buttermilk

Add the dry ingredients to the butter/eggs alternately with the liquid. (Scoop in about half the dry and mix on low speed until nearly incorporated, then pour in half the liquid, mixing in the same.) Repeat. Finish mixing by hand with a large spatula, carefully scraping up from the bottom of the mixing bowl and not over mixing.

Pour 1/4 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle about 2T cinnamon sugar on top (see recipe below). It should look like this:

Pour half the remaining batter on top and top with another 2 T cinnamon sugar. Pour the remaining batter on top, smooth to cover all the cinnamon sugar and bake about 50 minutes or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan and passes the toothpick test.

OPTIONAL: Toward the end of baking, prepare glaze (see recipe below). When cake is done baking, let it sit for about 10 minutes in the pan. Invert it onto a plate and pierce it all over with a long skewer. Pour the hot glaze slowly over the top, allowing it to saturate the cake.

Keeps well, loosely covered at room temperature, for 3-4 days.

Cinnamon Sugar
Makes 1/4 cup

Mix well:

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 T cinnamon

If you really want to go over-the-top

* 2 T butter
* 2 T heavy cream
* 2 T brown sugar
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 t vanilla extract or rum

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. Swirl until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour over warm cake and serve.


Anonymous said...

Just made this tonight. My five year old daughter had three servings and told me that I needed to open up a coffee cake restaurant. And I had to substitute lemon flavor for the vanilla and a bit of allspice for some cinnamon since I didn't realize how little cinnamon I had in the pantry. Anyway, needless to say, this is going in my cookbook!

Katie Fairbank said...

so glad you visited and baked! substitutions make the world go round. i will happily come to your coffee cake restaurant if you decide to follow your daughter's advice. clearly you have a genius on your hands. happy cooking!