Coffee cake is one of my absolute favorite baked goods and I have been on the hunt for the best coffee cake recipe for a while now. I have actually tried making this dessert 3 times before, and it has never turned out quite right. Then, I FINALLY I found this hidden gem on Allrecipes.com a few days ago (cue the angelic choir). It turned out perfect – fluffy with a tint of cinnamon, but not too sweet, and sprinkle of almond crunch. SO yummy!!
I tweaked the recipe a little since I wanted to bake it in a square pan and I love almonds (not to mention the original recipe feeds 14 – I need to limit myself).
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cups chopped almonds
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 8x8in pan.
- In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla.
- Beat in eggs one at time, making sure mixture is well mixed after each egg.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Alternately add in the flour mixture and sour cream to the egg mixture. Beat just enough after each addition to keep batter smooth (the batter will start to thicken quickly and this really helps keep it smooth).
- In a separate bowl combine almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining 3/4 cup of sugar.
- Spoon 1/3 of the batter into prepared pan, then sprinkle over with 1/3 of the almond mixture. Repeat this layering process two more times.
- Bake until center is done, about 60 minutes. I tested out the center with a fork at around 40 min to make sure it wasn’t over-cooking.
The thin layers of cinnamon add a nice touch, and the almond-y crumble on top is on point. No joke, this has been my new breakfast/dessert for the past week. Also, side note: I totally forgot to take a picture before diving into my finished cake, hence all the photos of a half-eaten cake…oops.