Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coffee Cake Diplomacy

Photo from that other famous Vocational Homemaker, Betty Crocker

There is something magical about coffee cake.  Nobody claims to like it, but nobody ever turns it down.

Coffee cake can smooth over a lot of rough spots in life.  No matter how tedious, stressful, or upsetting the situation, a coffee cake says “everything is going to be ok--someone took the time to bake.”

Coffee cake is one of those things that every Vocational Homemaker should have in her domestic armory.  You can put together a coffee cake while the pot of coffee is brewing.  And since obviously you have at least two cups of heavy cream in your fridge at all times, you can whip some of it into soft peaks and turn this coffee-and-cake occasion into an outright affair of note.

Herewith is the recipe that I use for all coffee cake happenings.  NOTE:  You’re going to need some baking mix. Use homemade if you have it, but store-boughten will also work just fine.  Let’s not get carried away as to which is the better choice--as long as you end up with coffee cake, you win.

For the cake:
2 cups baking mix
2/3 cup milk or water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg

For the topping:
1/3 cup baking mix
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons firm butter or margarine

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 9-inch round pan. In small bowl, stir topping ingredients until crumbly; set aside.

In medium bowl, mix coffee cake ingredients until blended. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with topping.

Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. Yummmm ... I'll have to try this one.

    Gorgeous new blog! Congrats!

    1. Aw, thank you, Mary! And thank you for visiting my new blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I used to make coffee cake like this a lot when I was a kid. Nice cake memories! Great blog Rowena! x

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! I appreciate your visiting and especially for leaving a comment. Have a great weekend!

  3. Do you happen to have a recipe for homemade baking mix? I use Trader Joe's, which I know doesn't have any junk in it, however, I'd love a tried and true recipe to have on hand!

    1. Hi Marci! The link to the recipe I use to make baking mix is in the post, it is the word "homemade". You can substitute half the white flour for whole wheat, and King Arthur brand even makes a white whole wheat flour. If you use the recipe I'd love to hear what you think of it.

  4. Since I happened to have some homemade baking mix in my cupboard, I tried it out. I sprinkled the top with frozen blueberries before adding the topping and it was delicious! Alas my 2 cups of heavy cream have been in the refrigerator a bit to long to use, so we had to settle for an occasion rather than an affair...