October 3, 2021

Epic Coffee Cake

Have you ever heard of the pioneer woman? If you haven't you should check out her blog - she's pretty great. One of her posts is called the "best coffee cake ever" I came across this posting about a week ago and I saved it.

I have a "little" through the big brother big sister program, and we have been matched for almost two years now. She loves to do anything outdoors, anything athletic, and her two favorite things to eat are mac and cheese out of the box and coffee cake. Naturally, I decided to make this recipe with her. I tweaked a bit to my own preferences, but the pioneer woman was right - it is the best coffee cake ever.


For the cake: 
1 and 1/2 stick butter, softened 
1 and 3/4 cups sugar 
3 cups flour, sifted - 2 cups all purpose, and 1 cup whole wheat 
4 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 and 1/4 cup milk - I used original almond milk 
3 whole egg whites, beaten until stiff - be patient, this takes a while

For the topping: 
1 and 1/2 stick butter, softened 
1/2 cup whole wheat flour - you can use all purpose, I was just using what I had! 
1 and 3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 and 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon 
2 ounces pecans, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Beat the egg whites in a smaller bowl and set them aside until the end. Add the remaining ingredients except for the egg whites to the sifted dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Then using a spatula gently fold in the egg whites until mixed. Pour them into a greased 13x9 pan. 

Then move onto the topping, placing all the ingredients into a bowl, and using a pastry blender mixing them until it's well combine and crumbly. Sprinkle the topping all over the batter in the pan. Pop it into the oven, and bake for about 50 minutes, a toothpick will come out clean and the middle won't jiggle.

My little isn't the most patient either, so we decided to go play outside while we waited for the coffee cake to bake. On the windiest day of the year she decided to make a giant pile of leaves to jump in, which took forever (there were 2 minutes left on the cake when we came back in!). But, she was happy once she finally got to roll around in that huge pile of leaves!

The final product fresh out of the oven...

My piece completely falling apart, because I don't have the patience to wait until it's cool enough to take out a formed piece!

Check out how the topping melts down into the cake - seriously, this stuff is good.

Enjoy! Taylor is going to be so jealous of this one...


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