Happy December! During this month every year, I make a delicious coffee cake that I can never get enough of. I was obsessed with this streusel-filled cake, and only this cake, as a child – especially around the Holidays! It's the perfect side with your coffee on Christmas morning, but it's so scrumptious you'll want to have it every single day! It's not exactly the most healthy cake I've ever had, but every once in a while, you just got to treat yourself. With all the running around I need extra calories to burn! :P
Christmas Coffee Cake
1 ½ cups AP Flour
¾ cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk
½ cup brown sugar (packed)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup finely chopped nuts
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Grease 9 -10” springform pan
3. Mix batter ingredients together, then add only half of the streusel filling in with the batter.
4. Pour mixture into pan, sprinkle remaining ½ streusel mixture on top
5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Let the cake sit for 5 minutes before serving.
I used walnuts for my chopped nuts, but you can use a variety of nuts if that's your thing. You can also substitute the butter with shortening, or to make it less fatty, substitute the butter with some applesauce! It's a great trick for those who are wanting a more healthy option when baking a cake!
I used a 10" springform pan to bake the batter in, but you can also use different sized baking pans such as 9x9x2, 8x8x2, or 9 x 1/2 round. From my experience the squarer the pan, the fluffier the cake will be! If you are into making it a more round shape, the cake will be more compact but still as yummy as ever!
Don't be surprised when you want a second (okay, maybe even a third) serving in one sitting! I'm not kidding when I say how truly good this cake is! Not a coffee drinker? This cake also goes perfect with tea or a glass of milk!
You can also add some dried fruit like apricot, cranberry, etc. but I'm not really into it because it reminds me too much of fruitcake, which I am soooo not a fan of! But it's always nice to mix things up!
What are some of your favorite Holiday baking recipes? I love sharing recipes and would love to see your version of a coffee cake! Stay tuned for more baked goodies coming up on the blog this month! Look out for gingerbread cookies and a Matcha pie! Yummy :)
Love & xx's,
maQ + Suz