Friday, June 26, 2009

Flashback Fridays! Coffee Cakes.

Fridays! Time for Flashback Friday with Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet! Check out Suzy's blog to see the other flashbacks from around the blog world. and don't forget on June 11th, Suzy will be hosting a good old fashioned Ice Cream Social! So get out your recipes for your frozen treats or grab a Ben & Jerry's from the freezer and join in. Details to follow in the next few days.

Today I'm flashing back to a really good Coffee cake recipe that I've been making for years. A teacher aide at my kids school when they were little brought it in one day and we raved about it. I'm pretty sure I posted this in my first long lost blog, the one that got deleted. Don't ever push that delete button just to see what happens. I found out it's pretty much permanent. I know I used one of the pictures in my banner. but it's a really great recipe and I thought I'd flash back to it because there is nothing like a really good piece of coffee cake!

It's my dad's birthday today! He loved nothing better than to come home after a bunch of errands and have an ice cold glass of milk and a slice of cake. His favorite was a Brooklyn Blackout Cake but he'd never say no to a piece of Coffee Cake, Pound Cake, Sponge Cake or just about any other kind of cake. He would have been 81 years old today.

Coffee Cake

from Mrs. Watson
Printable Recipe

1 cup sugar
5 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (unsalted)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2 cups sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

FOR TOPPING: Combine all ingredients and set aside.

FOR CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 X 13" pan. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Cream butter with sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients until just blended. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with topping. Swirl knife through topping and batter. Bake until tester comes out clean, 45-50 minutes.

The recipe makes a really good muffin, too! I used a square crumb cake pan like this one from Amazon. You can use it for brownies, muffins, cheesecakes, whatever.


  1. Great recipe! I think Randy would like this (my non sweet eater). He seems to favor coffee and spice cakes.

  2. What a bittersweet post, Carol. You dad had great taste - that recipe sounds wonderful!

  3. Carol, I love a good coffee cake. This one sounds good and I'm sure it is. Thinking of you on your Dad's b'day. Nice that you posted something he loved.

  4. A good coffee cake is always welcome in my house!! Like your Dad, a cold glass of milk is a must!
    Sweet that you posted on his birthday...

  5. That looks delicious..and I don't remember it, or that you you have one of those square pans!
    Here's to your dad, cherish the memories!

  6. Thanks for this tasty recipe--perfect for entertaining or bringing to hosts. And I just posted Friday's Feasts over at Momtrends. I hope you’ll stop by and link up! Here's the link:

  7. Carol, sweet post and such a lovely memory of your dad on his birthday.

    John also likes coffee cake and really cold milk ... seems to be a favorite combination.

  8. The muffins reminded me of another ... your Coffee Cake Muffins made with buttermilk. First time I tried them was back in '05.

    Nice tribute to your dad.

  9. Thanks everyone! Definitely a bittersweet day!

    yep, Cindy, I remember the buttermilk ones, those were good!

  10. My goodness I can't believe I missed this many of your posts! I am so sorry that I got so far behind with the busyness of summer but I truly enjoyed catching up with each and every one!

  11. Carol, thanks for linking this nice one in to Food on Friday. If you pop back in a while there should be a great collection of muffin and cupcake ideas to check out! The links are coming in thick and fast. Cheers


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