Coffee Cake

My sister Brie really wanted coffee cake the other day. We had a box of mix but I was feeling ambitious and bored so I decided to make it from scratch. Lately I've had so much time on my hands all I do is think about what I'll cook and when I'll run. (I'm trying to run a 5k this summer but all the food I've been shoving in my mouth is slowing me down). So I embarked on my coffee cake journey, pulled a recipe from my mom's Good Housekeeping Cookbook and crossed my fingers. I'm a little weary about sour cream in sweet things because of a bad childhood experience with sour cream frosting. Since then, I avoid ALL sour cream frosting and think twice about why it should be in a cake. It wasn't what I was expecting, it was more like a twist on what I think coffee cake really is. (Oh, and you can't taste the sour cream, obviously)

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine nuts, cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar; set aside. (I skipped walnuts because Brie doesn't like them). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a bundt pan, or whichever pan you'd like to use.

 In a large bowl with at mixer at medium speed, beat 1 cup sugar with butter until light and fluffy.
 Add remaining ingredients. Beat at low speed until blended, constantly scraping the bowl.
 At medium speed, beat 3 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Three minutes felt like a long time to me but I just kept beating.
 Spread half the batter in the pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon mixture and repeat layers. I only did one layer but I recommend doing more than one. I wished it were more cinnamon-y (I just made that word up).
 Top the cake off with the rest of the cinnamon mixture. Bake 60-65 minutes until the cake pulls away from the sie of the pan. Cool for 10 minutes, loosen the edges and invert the pan onto a rack to cool.
 It was definitely different than a box coffee cake mix. I found the cake to be sweeter (which I liked) but I was craving that cinnamon crumble the box mix gives. I didn't even wait to take a picture of the whole cake before I cut a piece for myself. Yum, enjoy!


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