Posted in Baked goods, Baking, breakfast, Brunch, Cake, Desserts

Yogurt and Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

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I really like using up the last of the yogurt container by slipping the contents into a smoothie, a parfait, or a muffin/cake mix. Last summer, I opened a large container of vanilla yogurt and as I pulled back the lid, I found a recipe for delicious muffins that included a bit of yogurt in the recipe. After making the first batch of the muffins, I knew that I would use yogurt to substitute for some of the added fat in many of my treasured recipes. The yogurt helps to moisten and lighten up the cake’s consistency and is certainly a healthier alternative to sour cream or added oil/butter.
This coffee cake recipe is a perfect example. Omitting sour cream and adding apples to the original recipe makes for a flavorful moist morning treat. In fact, enjoy this comfort food anytime. Add a piping hot cup of tea or coffee and a good book…and you will be set for a lazy winter weekend afternoon.

Yogurt and Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 small tart apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray with cooking spray, a 9×13″ baking pan. Mix together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Fold in chopped apples. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir into liquid ingredients just until no lumps remain.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon with the brown sugar and butter.
Pour half of the batter into the cake pan. Sprinkle the batter with half of the cinnamon-brown sugar mixture. Spread the rest of the batter over top, and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-brown sugar mixture. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, cool before cutting cake.

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Posted in appetizers/snacks, Baked goods, breakfast, Brunch, Desserts, Food, lunch box

Easy Banana Crumb Cake

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Well, it’s back to school for my high school kids this week and I am baking
packable lunch items for the start of the school year. I spied a few overly ripe bananas on the kitchen counter last night so I searched my old recipe folder for a banana recipe that would be suitable for lunch box storage. I used to make this cake all the time but it seems other recipes have become favorites and this one was moved to the back of the folder. I seriously can’t figure out why…this is a great moist, sweet, crumbly cake that is really easy to assemble quickly. Once again, I am using a cake mix to reduce time while adding flavor.

Easy Banana Crumb Cake

1 package white cake mix
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 medium ripe bananas
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed and cold
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray with cooking spray a 13×9″ baking pan. Place first seven ingredients in a large bowl. Beat well. Pour into prepared pan. In a medium bowl, combine topping ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle evenly over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

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Boy, if you don’t like this cake, I don’t know what to say! A bonus…it’s super easy to make. Once again, I started with a basic cake mix.
Years ago, I found a recipe for a cinnamon coffee cake that was a bit time consuming to pull together. It tasted great so I continued to make it for the family. Then, a couple of years ago, I found a similar (but easier) recipe in the newspaper and tucked it away for another day. Yesterday, I had a taste for my original cinnamon coffee cake recipe. While looking through my recipe binder, I found the page ripped from the newspaper that I had tucked away some time ago. I thought…why not give it a try? After altering the recipe a bit, I quickly mixed it up and threw it in the oven.
Well, the smell of the cinnamon and extracts was enough to make me salivate in front of the oven, as I watched the cake rise and take shape. Mmmmm, it sure smelled wonderful! And, after letting it cool and giving it a taste, I was not disappointed! This sweet, moist, cinnamon roll coffee cake is absolutely delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

1 box yellow or white pudding cake mix
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter extract
Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon softened margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Prepare cake mix as directed on the package. Add extracts to the batter and mix well. Spray, with cooking spray, a 13×9″ baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix together the topping ingredients. Pour half of the batter in the baking dish. Sprinkle half of the topping mixture over the batter. Pour on the remaining batter and finish by adding the remaining topping. Swirl through the cake mix with a knife. Bake according to package directions. Cool and top with my powdered sugar icing. Yummy!