Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Jersey Coffee Cake

I have been thinking...BRUNCH.  The reason I've been thinking brunch is that just one week after celebrating my son's birthday with a dinner, I need to do the same for my husband.  His is scheduled for this Sunday at 2:00, but word has it that we're going to add to our already ten inches of snow on the ground with an additional accumulation scheduled to hit the area at, you guessed it 2:00 on Sunday.  We both watched the weather forecast this evening, looked at each other, and I brightly said, "Brunch!" as though I'd just come up with the answer to the mystery of the universe.

As my husband is from New Jersey this will be the perfect sweet to serve.  And let me tell you it's easy and bakery-shop delicious.  Try this and your friends will be amazed at your culinary talents.  You don't even have to tell them that it's a box mix.  So don't!  Let them be impressed!  We all need a few little secrets up our sleeves, do we not?  It also makes three so you can freeze two for later, or give the others as a gift (which is what I generally do and people are so grateful they fall all over themselves thanking me).

Doesn't this just look like something from a bakery shop window?
Look at that crumb topping!  Is your mouth watering yet?
New Jersey Coffee Cake
1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix 
Prepare cake mix as directed; pour into 3 eight-inch round cake pans. Bake for 15 minutes at temperature specified on box.  (cake will look wet). 

While cakes are baking, prepare the following crumb mix by mixing the following ingredients together until crumbly:
4 cups flour
4 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 T. cinnamon
1 T. vanilla

Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the cakes once they have baked the first 15 minutes, and bake them another 17-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely and sprinkle thoroughly with powdered sugar. 

I always make these in the 8" clear-lidded disposable pans (conveniently sold in sets of three) as it makes it easier for giving. 

The perfect accompaniment to the morning paper.
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Priya Sreeram said...

this looks yumm !

Tracy's Living Cookbook said...

We must be on the same 'wave-length' as they say. I also just posted a coffee cake that is very similar to this one..... although this looks pretty darn good! Have a good weekend!

Peg said...

Looks wonderful, but oh the butter! I'd better save this one for a special occasion. Have fun at your brunch. I like that sort of menu for a family gathering. It's easy and good. You can get them in and out before the snow starts!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, that looks absolutely delicious! I could dive headfirst into that cake. YUM!


Sheila :-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Delicious-looking shortcut cake! I love crumb toppings.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pattie, I love buttery crumb top coffee cakes, but I don't know why this one is called a New Jersey coffee cake? It looks absolutely delicious and my mouth is watering just thinking about that topping! Happy Birthdays to your two men! Linda

ManPreet Kaur said...

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The Charm of Home said...

That looks delicious. My husband is always wanting a coffee cake, I bet he would love this one. thanks for posting.

Three-Cookies said...

Looks awesome. What an ingenious idea to upgrade the cake.

Kim of Mo Betta said...

This looks delicious. I'd love some with coffee in the morning!