Who was the genius who dreamed up the idea of putting the word coffee in front of the word cake to make it a perfectly acceptable breakfast food? Personally, I think that every slice of cake should be accompanied by a steaming cup of hot coffee but that's just MY opinion.
I am not a morning coffee drinker but I do like to eat coffee cake in the morning. I don't want to offend any true coffee cake aficionados but I like to enjoy my coffee cake without the coffee. I guess that means that I'm really just eating cake for breakfast.
I got this recipe from Martha Stewart. In my opinion, her recipes tend to be a little more complicated than they have to be - so I simplified.
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Remove cake from pan, and transfer to parchment.
There you go - with coffee - or without - its delicious either way.
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