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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spice Coffee Cake

Spice Coffee CakeHonestly, I had no idea that Saturday we were going from Spring back to Winter here in the desert! I'd decided to make a little coffee cake though because I wanted to do a cake but not something overly involved. I also had a taste from something with an interesting variety of flavors.

This cake fit the bill admirably. It's based on an old coffee cake recipe and as such is slightly more crumbly than I usually prefer. However, I believe that can be overcome by switching around how it is assembled. The original recipe calls for all the ingredients to be beat together. However, doing it in a more classic "cake" manner would probably help: cream the butter and sugar then add the egg, sift together the dry ingredients, and then add to batter alternating with milk. I'd also suggest sifting the dry ingredients which the old recipe does not.

The original coffee cake recipe calls for raisins and nuts. I'm not a fan of raisins (sorry) so opted to leave that out. I thought about including nuts but I've been using nuts in so much lately, decided it would be nice to have something more plain. If you're inclined to nuts and raisins you can add 1/2 cup of raisins to the batter just before pouring into the pan and 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the Streusel.

I also used my Garam Masala spice mix instead of Allspice in this. However, you can use Allspice in the same amounts if you prefer.


2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. garam masala spices (or allspice)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of clove
1 egg


Preheat oven to 350°. Great an 8x8x2 square pan. Beat all ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Spread half of batter in pan and then sprinkle with Streusel (below). Top with remaining batter. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean - about 40-45 minutes.

If you wish, top with a simple glaze of 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. vanilla and 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk whipped together until smooth.



1/2 cup firm butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Cut butter into flour, brown sugar and cinnamon until crumbly.


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