Cake making is merely mixing wet and dry cake ingredients…that part is easy. It gets tough and interesting when the successfully baked cake (baking time is up and wooden skewer inserted in cake comes out clean) must be given a name.
It ain’t easy Beyonce (“Say my name, say my name”), I need time, I have to do it right. So I made this coffee cake, really good, and I say it again, VERY GOOD, for this week’s episode at the Celebr-EAT-y Circle. Recipe ingredients and instructions already taken care of, but I still don’t have a name for this cake. A cake with no name…mmm, TGIF!
I wanted to make sure I understand what a coffee cake is so I clicked on Wikipedia. Here’s the definition:
Coffee cake (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The term coffee cake can refer to either of the following:
1) A class of cakes intended to be served with coffee or for similar breaks and snacks. Under this definition, a coffee cake does not need to contain coffee. They are typically single layer cakes that may be square or rectangular like a Stollen. Coffee cakes are typically flavored with cinnamon, nuts, and fruits. These cakes sometimes have a crumbly or crumb topping called Streusel and/or a light glaze drizzle. Some similarity to teacakes may be found, though teacakes are often smaller individual items served with tea.
2) A cake, often sponge cake, which is made with coffee or has a coffee flavour.
That was helpful, I really created a coffee cake…it is single layer, it is baked in a 9 x 13 baking pan, it has cinnamon, almonds and apples, and it has a crumb topping or Streusel.
Well, it’s showtime folks. So I will just give this coffee cake a temporary ID and hope you can help me name this cake…please please please.
APPLE CREAM CHEESE CRUMB COFFEE CAKE
The addition of cream cheese makes this coffee cake even more scrumptious…and there’s really no frosting needed!
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain yogurt (I use Karoun yogurt)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese, sliced
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 F. Pam-spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, using medium speed in mixer.
Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add rest of cake ingredients and blend well until smooth.
Spread half of batter in prepared pan. Scatter or arrange cream cheese slices.
Then spoon canned apple pie filling over cream cheese.
Add remaining batter, and spread evenly over filling.
For crumb topping, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using fork. Sprinkle crumb topping and then the sliced almonds over batter.
Bake at 350 F for 45 – 50 minutes or until done. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before serving.
Thanks Karoun cheese (www.karouncheese.com) for the hand-braided string cheeses, yumm!