There is a group of women at a church which I do not attend, who use my blog. Admittedly I do have two friends there who have shared my blog, but after that, many women of Wellspring have cooked from it - to the point where my one long time friend commented, "I can't go anywhere within this church and NOT eat your food. It shows up EVERYWHERE." In my head, because I've never met a majority of these women, I imagine them meeting together, cooking together, singing together and laughing together. And that image just makes me smile.
This coffee cake is for those ladies. Because I want a few of them to make it, invite a few of their lady friends over and enjoy it together as they laugh and sip on coffee. The cake is relatively simple, really delicious and perfect with a hot cup of coffee any time of day. (It is 8:19 PM and I've just had a small piece with a cup of coffee.) So all you ladies of Wellspring, make this cake and laugh some more!
Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Walnuts (adapted from Gourmet | April 1990)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt and in another bowl stir together the sour cream and the baking soda.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream mixture and stir the batter until it is combined well.
Pour the batter into a buttered 9 X 13 cake pan. In a small bowl stir together 1/3 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, walnuts, and the cinnamon and swirl the sugar mixture into the batter. Bake the cake in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Transfer it to a rack, and let it cool.
Delicious by yourself, but a lot more fun to share