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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Individual Mini Coffee Cakes



Coffee cake. Delicious, simple, a classic. I love coffee cake, Daniel loves coffee cake. I wonder why I hadn't made it in so long! I had some time on my hands to kill the other morning, so I decided to make some so Dan could bring them to work for breakfast. I'm so nice, right? I had a recipe that I made quite a bit a few years ago, but since I like trying new ones out, I searched Food Network and Epicurious for a Coffee Cake recipe with a high rating and tons of good reviews. Finally I came across this one and decided to go with it. I only made minor changes, included leaving out the jammy swirl (sometimes, you shouldn't mess with a classic) and baking it in a cupcake pan to make little individual Coffee Cupcakes instead of one big one. Perfect for grab-and-go with your coffee in the morning!

They came out wonderful. The crumby topping, Dan's favorite part, was perfect. And the cake was moist, and not too sweet - perfect for first thing in the A.M. A definite would-make-again. Below is the recipe with my alterations.



Individual Mini Coffee Cakes from Epicurious
Cake Ingredients
1 C flour
1/2 C Sugar
1 3/4 Tsp baking powder
3/4 stick salted butter, melted
Pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter, up this to 1/4 tsp)
1/2 C Milk
1 large egg, room temperature

Crumb Topping Ingredients
3/4 stick salted butter, melted
1/4 C packed dark brown sugar
1/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 C + 1 tablespoon flour (+ extra if needed)
Cinnamon Sugar

Cake:
Preheat oven to 390. Put paper liners in 11 cupcake wells in a cupcake pan.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Whisk together butter, milk, and egg in a large bowl. When combined, whisk in flour mixture until just combined - batter will be lumpy. Pour batter into the liners of a cupcake pan until ~ 2/3 - 1/2 full.

Crumbies:
Whisk together butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt until smooth.
Stir in flour with whisk, then stir through with a butter knife to create crumbies. Add more flour as needed to get a crumby texture. The crumbs will crisp up and dry out in the oven. Sprinkle crumbs over top of mini cakes, and LOAD 'EM UP - the crumbs are the best part! Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top of the crumbs and the top of the muffins/cakes.

Bake cake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, ~ 17 - 22 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack.

21 comments:

distinctgraphicz said...

I had 2 this morning. Better with age as always.

Anne said...

these look awesome! Not great for someone on Weight Watchers but I will definately try them out someday

Ingrid said...

Looks yummy! I'm with Dan, LOVE all that delish crumb topping!

Your photos came out terrific!

Btw, how are you enjoying our wintery cold day? I'm in Cent. FL! I'm enjoying it...get to wear some cute sweaters and blazers that I bought on sale last winter.
Sad but true they are a little snug! LOL!
~ingrid

Lindsey said...

Those are some cute and tasty cupcakes. Most of the coffee cake recipes I've seen have a very dense and dry cake layer--was this recipe dense? I usually just end up picking the crumbs off the top and I'd like to try a recipe where I can eat the whole thing ;)

Stephanie said...

Thanks everyone!

Lindsay - Not so dense, no. I've had coffee cake that is and compared to that, these are not. I mean, they're not angel-food-cake light, but I was actually surprised at how light these did come out because coffee cake is usually quite dense, heavy and even dry.

apparentlyjessy said...

Yum, the topping looks so good. I will book mark this recipe to try sometime :)

gracefullyliving said...

as soon as i saw the pictures my mouth filled with drool. crumbly coffee cake is my weakness

Lynn said...

Ice cream before dinner. Sigh. I am very happy to make your acquaintance :)

Sandie said...

Now don't these look delightful---I love this idea! I'm a huge fan of coffee cake, and anything presented in easy, grab 'n go servings is a good idea.

Hannah said...

those look SO good.

Nikki said...

oh yum, my hubby loves anything coffee. Thank you for featuring this recipe, will try it out!

Joey said...

I bakes these with the Jam, but as cupcakes for my work's baking club. They were a hit. Thanks for the great recommendation. I'm making them again for my mom's birthday.

Intelligence said...

Wow. I am definitely going to give this recipe a try!

Time Outdoors said...

I start my hike on the Appalachian Trail this week and I think stumble upon is playing a mean joke on me because every time I click it a food blog comes up. I am going to be stuck for 6 months with instant potatoes and rice lol. I am sure I come up with some other dishes as well.. great website by the way. If you have any lightweight and easy recipes for me, please share them. I will even post them on my blog if you wish.

Mama Chicken said...

These are awesome!

Donna-FFW said...

Just wanted to let you know I made these and talked about them in my blog today. they were yummy..

redfairy said...

you have a great blog with lots of interesting recipes....this is the second recipe i have tried and it was dead easy and they were not around long enough to try the next day. A fabulas recipe added to my cookbook:)

redfairy said...

you have a great blog with lots of interesting recipes....this is the second recipe i have tried and it was dead easy and they were not around long enough to try the next day. A fabulas recipe added to my cookbook:)

redfairy said...

you have a great blog with lots of interesting recipes....this is the second recipe i have tried and it was dead easy and they were not around long enough to try the next day. A fabulas recipe added to my cookbook:)

redfairy said...

you have a great blog with lots of interesting recipes....this is the second recipe i have tried and it was dead easy and they were not around long enough to try the next day. A fabulas recipe added to my cookbook:)

Life Artist ~ said...

yummy yum! I am fond of both coffee And crumbs *.*

thank you for sharing!

best wishes.

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