Mom's Coffee Cake
There are a billion recipes for coffee cake in the world, but are any of them better than my mom's? No, because she's my mom! Make this coffee cake yourself, and she can be your mom, too. I will always be her favorite, though. Don't get any ideas.
Side note: After receiving this question over and over, I would like to clarify that coffee cake does not contain coffee. It is called "coffee cake" because it famously served with coffee.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
3 cups flour*
½ cup applesauce
1 cup shortening or softened unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
½ tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup whole milk**
1 cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnuts or other nut (or no nut)
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
Optional Coffee Drizzle:
2 tablespoons hot or cold espresso or strong coffee
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
* 1:1 Gluten-free All-purpose flour can be used here.
**Buttermilk or any nondairy milk
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
Preheat oven to 350º.
In a large bowl, stir 3 cups flour, ½ cup applesauce, 1 cup shortening, 2 cups sugar, ½ tsp salt, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 cup milk, and 2 eggs with a wooden spoon.
Split batter in half into two bowls; set one bowl aside. Fold 1 cup oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup nuts, 3 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp cinnamon into the other bowl.
Butter and flour (or baking spray) a Bundt pan very well. Or use any pan(s) with enough depth to layer your batters as indicated below.
Create three layers: one half of the pale batter in the bottom, all of the brown batter in the middle, and the other half of the pale batter on top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool completely on a rack, then flip out of pan.
If you are making the coffee drizzle, here is how: Add 1 cup confectioner’s sugar to small bowl. While whisking, ADD COFFEE, LITTLE BY LITTLE, until you achieve a thick drizzle. YOU MAY NOT NEED ALL THE COFFEE. Drizzle your drizzle onto the cake, allowing it to cascade down the sides.
Slice and serve with coffee, of course (otherwise, what are we doing here?).
Make it step-by-step with me below!
Grab a bowl.
1. Add 3 cups flour, ½ cup applesauce, 1 cup shortening, 2 cups sugar, ½ tsp salt and 3 tsp baking powder.
2. Add 1 cup milk and 2 eggs.
3. Grab your wooden spoon because this is my mom's only kitchen tool, and we respect and honor that.
4. Combine ingredients.
5. Split batter in half into two bowls; set one bowl aside.
6. Add 1 cup oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup nuts, 3 tsp vanilla, and 2 tsp cinnamon to the other bowl.
8. Butter and flour (or baking spray) a Bundt pan very well. You can use any pan(s) with enough depth to layer your batters as indicated below.
9. Create three layers, starting with one half of the pale batter in the bottom.
10. Add all of the brown batter in the middle.
11. Add the other half of the pale batter on top.
12. Bake for 50-60 minutes if using a bundt. Depending on your pan, it may take longer to cook through the center. Test the bake by inserting a cake tester or knife into the center of the cake. When the knife comes out clean, your cake is finished! Remove from oven and let cool.
13. Slice and serve (with a cup of coffee, of course).