Today I am sharing the recipes for the cakes I used, but the main key is the design (although the cakes were also super delicious and stayed that way for a week). I found this really fun to make. It was easier than doing fancy frosting designs.
I was super excited to try this recipe because I’ve been searching for my ultimate pound cake. But I was more excited because I realized it was a vanilla cake that the Chiplet could have. It has butter and sour cream, but the quantities are small enough that he can have it! I made this (mostly) as directed and plan to try it in a non-loaf pan to see if I could turn it into cupcakes. If I do, I will report back.
I’ve made my dad banana bread numerous times now. And when he has been happy each time, it seemed silly to bother looking for another recipe when the first one had been doing so well. Except for one problem…I didn’t have yogurt. I also didn’t have much time to go buy yogurt, and I wanted to make the bread ASAP to freeze it and have it ready to ship. Then I decided to search through my cookbooks and see if I had any other prospects.
How do you like your coffee….cake? There are so many kinds out there. I feel like I keep doing a new one on here every so often, and I don’t know if I have a favorite. They are all different and tasty depending on what you are in the mood for. Or so I thought. Apparently my dad was not a big fan of this one because it is too moist. He likes his coffee cake to be a bit drier. But, luckily he has liked other ones I have made, so I will just save this one for us next time. 😉
When you’re chatting on the phone, it’s sometimes tricky to document pictures for your blog. But, you know, it’s okay when it’s one of your closest friends. (Hi, Lisa!) I started making these, then realized I would be flipping pancakes for a while (and K was out running for his workout), so I decided to use the time in a better way. This means you don’t get to see the big pile of pancakes I made because by the time K was ready for breakfast, I was starving. Soooo…just pretend there are more pancakes pictured here….
Is there enough in that title to keep you interested? My dad seems to be a big fan of desserts with “coffee cake” in the title, since he requested the other coffee cake I made, and also this one. When we came up for his list of dessert requests for this year, he added this to the list because my mom used to make it. It was one of the recipes we found in one of her many folders. We are not sure if this is the same one that she made, or what changes she might have done, but it seemed rather close to what we remember. Regardless, he was pleased with how it turned out. He even described it as “pretty”! There is room for changes if you prefer your cake to have fewer mix-ins, or if you like different nuts. Overall, it was a pretty simple cake to make and not hard to whip up. The end result is satisfying and it certainly makes for a heavy package (thank goodness for flat rate boxes at the post office!).
I did not get to have any of the cake because, well, that would have been rude to ship a partially eaten cake. My dad said it has a nice texture, so maybe I will make it for K and me sometime. My mom used to make lots of coffee cakes, and they were always different. Some had swirls inside (loved those), and some were more like the store-bought kind. This one almost belongs in its own category because it is so different looking. What kind of coffee cake do you like?