I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coffee Cake

I love just about anything that has cinnamon in it. This is no exception. I really enjoy the cinnamon swirl throughout the cake, as well as the cinnamon crunch topping.

(serves 12)

*2 cups all-pupose flour
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1 tablespoon baking powder
*1 cup butter, softened
*1 cup sour cream
*1 1/2 cups white sugar
*2 eggs
*1 tablespoon vanilla extract
*1/4 cup brown sugar
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1 cup pecans, chopped
*2 tablespoons butter, melted

~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray & dust with flour.
~Sift together flour, baking powder & salt in a medium size bowl.
~In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light & fluffy.
~Slowly beat in sour cream.
~Add sugar and mix in well.
~Beat in one egg at a time.
~Add vanilla.
~By wooden spoon or spatula (using a mixer will not make the cake as light) fold in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.
~In a small bowl mix, 1/4 cup brown sugar & 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
~Spread 1/2 of the batter into prepared 9x13 inch pan.
~Sprinkle cinnamon mixture over batter.
~Spread remaining batter over cinnamon mixture.
~In a medium bowl, mix together, 1/2 cup brown sugar & 1 teaspoon cinnamon, making sure it mixed very well.
~Mix in pecans.
~Stir in 2 tablespoons of melted butter together, until crumbly.
~Sprinkle over cake batter.
~Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
~Let cool for 10 minutes.
~Turn onto a cooling rack?

`Omit putting the cinnamon mixture in between the layers of the cake.
`Substitute pecans for walnuts.
`Omit nuts.
`Add raisins.

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