Hey guys! I’m really excited to share a post written by my super creative, funny, fun cousin, Elisha. She recently celebrated National Coffee Cake Day, with none other than a coffee cake! The coffee cake is light and fluffy with delightful swirls of cinnamon-sugar and nuts!
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Happy Belated National Coffee Cake Day!
Several years ago when my way cooler, younger cousin accepted my friend request on Facebook, I thought that I was cool by association. Then recently she asked if I wanted to guest post on her blog! Clearly, my coolness factor has gone up no matter what my teenage kids think. However, what on earth would I blog about? Then inspiration hit me at work on Friday.
I am the first person you see when you enter the office. On my desk is a digital frame. Each day I create slides to welcome clients to the office. What started out as a joke between my CEO and I has become an office expectation: I list the holidays that are celebrated each day. More specifically, I focus on the lesser known holidays. For example, April 7 was among other things: National No Housework Day (which I made a very dedicated effort to observe), National Beer Day and National Coffee Cake Day.
In addition to it being an office expectation, my family has enjoyed my observance of these lesser-known holidays, as well. There was the night I made waffles for International Waffle Day, and the time I made a boatload of oatmeal cookies for National Oatmeal Cookie Day and forgot to take them with me to work. (Don’t get me started on meals based on movie themes… I really hope that when my kids are old and have families of their own and get a good laugh when they remember these moments.)
Did you make Coffee Cake on Monday? I made Coffee Cake really late Saturday night because I started my observance of National No Housework Day a day early and I knew there was no chance I was making a Coffee Cake after work on Monday.
According to Answers, “Food historians generally agree the concept of coffee cake [eating sweet cakes with coffee] most likely originated in Northern/Central Europe sometime in the 17th century. Why this place and time? These countries were already known for their traditional for sweet yeast breads. When coffee was introduced to Europe these cakes were a natural accompaniment. German, Dutch, and Scandinavian immigrants brought their coffee cake recipes with them to America.”
For my version, I adapted Taste of Home’s recipe.
I would like to say that I followed the recipe exactly. And if I said that, I would be lying. For example, somewhere in my house is a 10-inch tube pan. When we moved in (a year ago) I must have protected this pan and put in somewhere to keep it super safe during the 4.5-mile move. So super safe, in fact, that I have no idea where it is. I used a Bundt cake pan. It worked. Also there was a little issue with the sour cream. And as much as I would like to share that I switched out the sour cream for nonfat Greek yogurt to make it healthier, I would again be lying. I didn’t make it to Target to pick up sour cream until about 9 p.m., and they were completely out, and I didn’t want to make another stop on my way home. (Maybe I shouldn’t grocery shop at Target…) Lastly I swapped the walnuts for pecans, for no other reason than I don’t like walnuts.
I started my creaming the butter and sugar together until the batter was light and fluffy.
Then I added the eggs, one at a time, beating after each time and added the vanilla. [Read more...]