This uncomplicated, Fall spiced, streusel topped coffee cake is straight up classy.
Classy by way of being delicate and not too sweet with just a hint of almond flavor, and if you so choose, the perfect companion to that mug of dirty chai (that’s coffee with chai spices).
This breakfast cake is simple and straightforward: a one pan sort of butter cake that can go straight into your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.
Just simple, like no icing or cinnamon swirls, just a satisfyingly crunchy topping and an ultra tender — dare I say, dunkeable — cake underneath.
How This Coffee Cake Came to Be
One of my favorite cakes in the entire world is coffee cake and guess what my favorite drink is? You guessed it – chai!
I first fell in love with Sarah Lee coffee cake because my great grandma used to warm me up a slice whenever I’d go visit her (and there was always a second slice). I used to think it was called coffee cake because it contained coffee. It took me years to realize that coffee cake is just enjoyed with coffee. Childhood assumptions.
Make It the Night Before
If you’re not a morning person, don’t worry. This cake tastes every bit as good made the night before and enjoyed the next day. Bake it in a cast iron skillet (watch that hot handle!) or use a square baking dish. Store covered with plastic wrap on the counter for up to 3 days or store pre-cut squares in the freezer and defrost.
Tender. Delicate. Crunchy.
In terms of ingredients, please be aware that cake flour is important in this particular cake. It yields the softest texture. It just wouldn’t be the same with a higher gluten flour, like all-purpose flour. So flour plays an important role, but so does buttermilk. Buttermilk’s role here is to provide a slight tang and tenderness. You can make your own buttermilk by combining apple cider vinegar with milk.
While there might be a couple ingredients you don’t use all the time, I think you’ll find this recipe to be pretty straightforward and easy to follow. Just be sure to read all the way through each step, and your cake will be amazing!
This coffee cake is best serve a touch warm with your tootsies snuggled up under a warm blanket:)
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