Monday, December 5, 2011

Coffee Cake

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I really wanted to name this Divine Coffee Cake or some other sinfully delicious name but in honor of my late Auntie Thelma I will just call it what she did.

Whenever I think of my Aunt it is with a smile on my face.  I remember her mostly because she was the most energetic, cheerful, funny, "Young at heart" lady I have had the pleasure to know.  She grabbed life by the horns and was golfing and gardening and staying up late with Johnny (Carson) well into her 80's.  Auntie Thelma loved to clip the funnies from the paper and would always have them on the fridge and would send them in cards she would send for birthdays or holidays.  You never received a card without her beautiful script filling every space possible in the card and on the back.

She also loved to try new recipes and every Thanksgiving she spent with us she would bring a new type of Jello salad and they were always delicious.  She loved to bake and I would always ask her for her recipes and still to this day have many of them.

If you want to preserve the writing of recipes handed down over the generations do what I do, laminate them.  That way when you are using the recipe, if you spill, and I ALWAYS spill, you just wipe it off and the recipe card is saved.  Sometimes you don't realize how much just seeing a persons handwriting brings back wonderful memories; at lease for me it does.

Here's what you need:
1 box yellow cake mix, with pudding in the mix
1-1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 cup water
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling and Topping
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pecans, or walnuts, finely chopped
1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted

1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 - 2 Tbl. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the cake mix, oil, water, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl on medium for 3 minutes.  Set aside.  Mix the filling ingredients until well mixed.  Set aside.
Spray a 9 x 13 with cooking spray (Pam) and fill with half the cake batter.  Sprinkle half the filling over the cake mixture.
Spoon the rest of the cake mixture over the filling and carefully spread out.  Sprinkle with the remaining topping and bake for 45 minutes.  
A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.  Cool completely.  
Mix the glaze until smooth and drizzle (or in my case, make a double batch AGAIN and
pour) over the cooled cake.
I know, I know, I over-do the glaze thing on most cakes with a glaze topping, but it's just so yummy that way!

When I made this recipe on Friday I found out that at EXACTLY 2:30pm in the winter the light shines through my high windows in the living room onto my pub table in the kitchen perfectly for the next set of beautiful images.  I like the think there was even a little bit of Angel singing "aaaaahh" in the background....

 And yes, by the next day it was ALL gone!  This is a must try recipe and a keeper for the cake lover in you!

Serves - one 9 x 13


Here's the handy printable - Coffee Cake
Recipe from my beautiful Auntie Thelma Moore.

***NOTE:  I have revised the topping and filling amounts so if you printed this before 2/27/12, please reprint or you might have way too much topping and filling.

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  1. Paul and I (I guess I have to give him some credit) made the coffee cake last night. It was AMAZING and super easy. I love your blog! You motivate me to bake and it might just motivate me to actually cook real food! xoxo

  2. This looks great, I saw it on the top of your page and it looks so good!!!! I have to make it and let you know how it turned out for me! Thank you!

    1. It really is a super delicious cake. My Auntie Thelma was a wonder in the kitchen. Hope you like it!

  3. I just wanted to tell you Michelle, I used your cake recipe on using my coconut mixture. It was just perfect mixing the two together. I added to the cake mixture but it was awesome!!!! I wanted to tell you. I was going to make the exact recipe but here my graham crackers crumbs were all gone. So I had to come up with another add in and I used my coconut filling. I am going to post the recipe and mention you in my blog. Thank you so much!


  4. I saw this recipe on your header and I had to find it! The pictures do look divine!

  5. This really had my mouth watering for a piece. Looks like a great recipe.

  6. You've got my mouth watering with this recipe, going to add to my must try recipes!! Thanks for sharing with us on at the Lovely Things Thursday Linky Party.

    Following you in all the locations I can.

    Stop by and enter in a couple of giveaways I currently have going on.

  7. What a great memory. Recipes with memories are always the best. :)

  8. This coffee cake looks so good. My mouth was watering at the picture on the top of your page and then I realized this was the recipe. I will need to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

  9. Sending hubby to the store right now!! What wonderful memories of your aunt.

  10. Oh, I just read about the pics with the gorgeous lighting! I enlarged them to see and they look great. And that was totally your aunt singing, lol!

  11. This looks SO good. Perfect for Christmas morning at my house. Quick and easy. I like that!

    1. Thanks Rachel. It is a perfect morning snack :) Christmas would be a great day for such yumminess.

  12. Made this today for an office birthday. Was done in 30 min, and just had my oven calibrated. Watch the cake at 25-30 min do a check.

    1. So glad you tried this Coffee Cake and came by to let me know :) Wow 30 minutes? I've never had one done that soon. Glad you checked it early. I always peek in on my cakes about 10 minutes before there done to see what they look like :)

  13. The cake sounds incredibly good, Michelle. Thank you for sharing at our party! Pinning!

    1. Hadia,
      Thank you for the sweet comment. This IS the most delicious cake ever :)


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