Friday, May 13, 2011

Serving Up {Cake}: Starbuck's Coffee Cake

How is it that you can take a cake, top it with sugar and butter, title it "coffee cake" and get away with serving it for breakfast?  I love this country!

In all seriousness, I don't believe I have ever eaten (this particular) coffee cake for breakfast.  When we make it, it is served after dinner as dessert.  Because this recipe uses a cake mix as it's base, it comes together very quickly.  In fact, it's easy enough that the last time we made it, my son was in charge and, based on the photos, I think you'd agree that he did a pretty good job!

(recipe adapted from The Picky Palate)
printable version

1 box Yellow Cake Mix (plus ingredients listed on back to prepare)
1/2 cup sour cream

2 sticks cold salted butter
2 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ Tbs. cinnamon
1 ¾ cups brown sugar
1 ½ Tbs. vanilla
Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare cake mix in a large bowl according to directions on the box, adding 1/2 cup sour cream. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray. Pour prepared mix into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until center is barely set.

While cake bakes, prepare crumb topping by mixing butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until crumbly.

Immediately after cake is removed from oven, break crumb topping into marble size pieces, sprinkling over the top of the cake. Put the cake back in the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes (topping will look a little less wet/raw). Let cool completely then dust with powdered sugar.

Cut into squares and serve.

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