If you’re a fan of New York style crumb cake then you will love this. It has the same thick layer of crumbs that crumb cake is known and loved for plus so much more with the crunchy filling and glaze to help keep it moist.
A coffee cake is just that, a cake to eat while you sip a cup of steaming-hot, freshly-brewed coffee (or tea or milk, if you’re not of coffee-drinking age). It’s not exactly the moistest of cake. It’s kind of like a peanut butter sandwich, you need something to help wash it down.
This is the most perfect cake to serve to company. Company cake. It’s great for breakfast or brunch too – picture a weekend morning where you laze around and read the paper, snacking on this cake. Maybe even in bed. Oh, cripes, who am I fooling?
This is a cake for anytime. Day or night. Weekend, weekday.
There’s no time like the present.
- In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, two knives used scissor fashion or rub it into the flour with your fingers until small to medium clumps form. Mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Refrigerate.
- Mix together the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup pecans.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch tube pan with a removable bottom or a 9-inch spring form pan with a small, tall, round oven-safe ramekin in the center (grease it well).
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- In a separate large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy 2 – 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
- Beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the sour cream and beginning and ending with the flour. Continue to beat until well combined.
- Spoon half the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the batter. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the top and gently spread them evenly over the filling.
- Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over batter.
- Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Remove the cake from the pan and place on a cake dish or platter.
- Mix together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Drizzle it all over the cake letting it drip down the sides. Let it set 5 – 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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