Friday, June 6, 2014

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake

I used to make this cake often when my sons were young, but forgot about it and hadn't made it in years, at least that I can recall.

I found the recipe the other day as I was putting recipe cards into a photo flipper. The flippers were popular once but have been replaced, I suppose, by the digital frames. They are perfect for recipes though, because you can slide your cards into the clear plastic sleeves and keep quite a few in a small space.

Anyway, about the cake: one bowl, mixes quickly, and is ready to eat in about 45 minutes.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup shortening (I used olive oil)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2/3 cup jam or jelly
chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 cup brown sugar (I mixed in a little cinnamon)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the last 3 in a mixing bowl. 
  3. Beat with a fork until just blended. 
  4. Spread in a 9" square greased pan.
  5. Dot with jam; sprinkle with the brown sugar and nuts.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
You can add a glaze of confectioners sugar mixed with a bit of milk or water if you like. I prefer the cake without the glaze but it's good either way. I've used all kinds of jam for this and it's always good.

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Tressa said...

Wonder if you can substitute apple sauce for the shortening and apple butter for the jam?

PS Did your geraniums survive the winter?

Granny Sue said...

I think I'd try it Tressa! I considered substituting apple sauce for the liquid and the sugar, and might try that sometime. I think apple butter would work quite well, and might give it the taste of the old-time stack cakes.

My geraniums did not survive this year. Last year it was 50-50 survival rate, but this cold, long winter did them in. I'll try again this fall.

Quinn said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Sue - my kind of recipe for sure! In fact, if it's not too muggy for baking, I'll make it tomorrow.

Kate Dudding said...

I added a cup of chopped dates to the batter and used orange marmalade for the jelly/jam - YUM!!! My husband is quite happy that I've got this new recipe :-)

Quinn said...

Reporting back: very good with cherry preserves! Thanks again :)
If I had my camera back, I'd post a picture on my blog. Unless the camera gets here by tomorrow, it will be too late...the pan will almost certainly be empty!

Granny Sue said...

So fun to hear what you all have tried with this recipe! It seems to be pretty adaptbable. Your variations sound delicious!

Granny Sue said...

So fun to hear what you all have tried with this recipe! It seems to be pretty adaptbable. Your variations sound delicious!

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