Monday, February 23, 2009

Cake for breakfast

Well, coffee cake that is. Not to say I haven't had a piece (or three) of yellow cake with chocolate frosting for breakfast; I have done it many times and explained to my children that when they are 40 (or more) they, too, can eat it for breakfast. This is my mother-in-law's coffee cake recipe. It is what the Dude grew up on. The downside is that his mom has this pan that she makes it in that doesn't exist today. It is 8x10 and has a sliding lid that comes off. Now, I have a brownie pan that is close in size, but hers is deep-almost like the depth of a 9x13 pan. Brownie pans are quite shallow so when I try to make it in that, it spills over the side. If I make it in the regular cake pan, the cake turns out very thin. There are two things R would like from his parents when they pass on: the coffee cake pan and the old Dutch oven. Yeah, but we know the sister will get those (along with everything else she has put her name on), so we are not counting on it.

Here is Joanie's Coffee Cake

1 cup sugar
1/2 oleo (shortening)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup buttermilk or sour cream (I always use buttermilk)
stir-ins: 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/ cup chopped nuts

Cream together the shortening, sugar and eggs in a stand mixer bowl (can use a mixing bowl and hand mixer; Joanie does it this way). Stir in vanilla. Add flour, salt, soda and baking powder and set on stir on stand mixer. Slowly add buttermilk. Take bowl off mixer stand and stir in the 1.2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Pour into a greased pan (either 8x10 will spillage or a 9x13).

Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes.

I made this at 3:30 in the morning and didn't tell my kids. They got up and got ready for school (we were in bed sleeping as we had to work that night). We got up at 4 to get ready and there was a lone row left in the pan. Hermit Crab said she was just getting her fair share since she didn't get any from the last pan and Drama Queen scarfed it down. How could they put away an entire pan when they were only home a total of 1 hour between leaving for school and coming home from school? Savages!


Brittany said...

Well that looks moist and pretty amazing! And I am NEVER against eating cake for breakfast, whether it's coffee or butter cream frosted:)

Bob said...

Hey, cake is healthier than doughnuts so it's fine for breakfast! Heh. The coffee cake looks unreal too. :)

Donna-FFW said...

This looks wonderful. Isn't it truly amazing what the little ones can pack away.. It always shocks me. LOVE this site.. you seem to have my philosophy bout some things.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'd scarf down a lot of that coffee cake too if I was left unattended. It looks so durn good!!!

Heather said...

mmmmmmmm. i lllooooooooove. coffee cake!!! just adding the word "coffee" turns it from dessert to a perfectly acceptable breakfast option!!

Sophie said...

MMMMM... I just love coffee cake! You must be in heaven to have this yummie cake as breakfast!!!

Pam said...

Yum. I love the pecans in this coffee cake. It looks delicious.

Spryte said...

YUM!!! I LOVE coffee cake!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

holy cow, that looks deliriously good! what a great way to start the day!

Patent Box solicitor said...

That butter melting slowly into the slice of cake just looks amazing - can I have one? ;)