Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Comfort And Joy

I love to cook and bake.  Both bring me such joy!  It might be because at this stage of my life I love a simple project with a beginning and an end.  I have baked "take home" treats for my kiddos' teachers numerous times but this week I really wanted to bake for everyone.  I know that last Friday has weighted heavily on all teachers so I turned to my Gram's tried and true coffee cake.

Coffee Cake - My Gram's recipe

1 yellow cake mix (I always use Pillsbury but I am biased)
3 sticks of unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cake: Mix cake mix according to the package directions.  Line jelly-roll sheet pan with tinfoil.  (Forgive me Gram but I use parchment paper.)  Under-cook approximately 5 minutes.

Topping: Melt 3 sticks of butter.  After removing from the heat add the vanilla.  Combine flour, brown and white sugar, and cinnamon.  Combine with the melted butter to create crumb topping.  Carefully place topping on cake by hand.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 or util lightly brown.  Cool and enjoy!!!

Might be a Jersey thing but Gram always called this coffee cake since you eat with your morning coffee.  Totally makes sense to me but then again I am a Jersey girl!


  1. I love coffee cake, but I've never made it. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe!

  2. oo that looks delicious! I love coffee cake!

  3. That looks so yummy! And we call it coffee cake here in MA too :)

  4. stop it these look so darn delicious!!! Yummmm

  5. It is a lot of work to bake for teachers, and friends for the holidays. Everyone loves homemade cookies, and things. This looks fantastic. The presentation is perfect. I call it coffee cake, too.

  6. Oh this looks wonderful...we call it coffee cake in Ca. as well.
    Just found your blog and have enjoyed reading through your posts.

  7. Hooray, I've always wanted this recipe! You are so thoughtful to do that for the teachers. Love ya shug!

  8. Uh, do you have a gluten free recipe for something like this? This looks fantastic!


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