It seemed appropriate to have a really, really special coffee cake to start the day of college graduation. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit. The promise was something akin to a Starbucks offering. I don’t know about taste, but Starbucks baked goods are in a class by themselves in presentation. I was sold!
What I love about this recipe is it doesn’t take any unusual ingredients. If you have the following on hand, you are 2 hours or so from coffee cake bliss!
All purpose flour–4 1/2 cups
Granulated sugar–approx. 2 1/3 cups
Brown Sugar–1 1/3 cups
Butter–1 cup (2 sticks)
Greek Yogurt, plain (can use regular)–3/4 cup
Milk–1 1/4 cup
Chocolate chips–white/dark chocolate, 1/3 cup each
vanilla & salt & baking powder & cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with baking spray.
Mix together for streusel topping:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Mix together for filling:
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Beat 3/4 cup butter until creamy in mixer.
1 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar. Beat into butter. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Now–beat in 3 eggs, ONE at a time.
Whisk in a bowl:
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups flour
Whisk in a measuring cup:
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups milk
Okay, here’s the part that is a bit more work…you want to add about a third of the flour, BEAT, a third of the milk/yogurt, BEAT until you have added it all.
I like to throw a towel over the mixer when adding flour so it doesn’t “fly” everywhere.
When the batter looks like this
you are ready to assemble your cake
Put half the batter into your prepared pan
Sprinkle with filling and half of your chocolate chips–I did a black/white version–half with dark chocolate/half with white chocolate
Spread remaining batter onto filling/chips;swirl batter slightly with a knife to incorporate filling
Sprinkle with topping
Sprinkle remaining chips on top
Bake a full 60 minutes. Check with a toothpick into the middle to make sure it’s done.
Let cool on wire rack for 20 minutes.
Cut and serve from pan.
This post is linked to Real Food Wednesday:
Thanks to Baker Chick for the inspiration: http://www.the-baker-chick.com/2012/02/cinnamon-streusal-coffee-cake.html