Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"BYO Coffee" Cake

I love coffee, I love cake, and these two words in proximity seem cause for salivation. But brace yourself: the truth is, there is no coffee in coffee cake. Scandel! When I first learned of the hoax, I was crestfallen.

I have sinced learned to love coffee cake for what it is: butter, thinly disguised as nutritious breakfast food.

"BYO Coffee" Cake

For the cake:
1 c milk, whole
2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar, white
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (have you bought some yet?)

For strudel:
1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. sugar, brown
1/2 c. butter
1-2 tsp. cinnamon, to taste

Sift dry ingredients, mix in egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into parchment-lined 9" cake pans. Cream sugar and flour into butter, fold in cinnamon, and sprinkle strudel atop cake.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. Seriously. It will be soft and moist at the cake base and delicately-crisp on top. Serve with coffee!

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