How To Make The Best Coffee Cake
Real butter helps creates the soft, pillowy sponge and crumbly streusel topping that are signatures of a classic coffee cake. Butter provides the best aeration for a tender cake, and it holds together the streusel for the perfect crunchy topping. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and follow our steps to bring this decadent cake to life.
Step 1: Start with Your ToppingBring together the dry ingredients for your streusel topping – flour, sugar, cinnamon. Remember to measure all dry ingredients carefully with the scoop and level method to ensure accuracy and consistency.
Step 2: Bind Streusel Topping with Melted ButterNext, add melted unsalted butter to your dry ingredients mixture and stir until well combined. Real butter is an essential element for creating the perfect streusel, as it coats and binds the ingredients together.
Step 3: Create the FillingAn important aspect to any coffee cake is the center swirl – created by mixing brown sugar and cinnamon.
Step 4: Cream Butter and Sugar WellStart your batter by creaming the butter and sugars until smooth. This may take 5 to 7 minutes, depending on your beater. It’s important to ensure your butter and sugar are well combined to create the ideal light and soft coffee cake texture.
Step 5: Add EggsTo your butter and sugar mixture, add eggs one at a time and beating well after each addition. Adding eggs slowly into the batter will allow for better suspension and absorption.
Step 6: Combine Sour Cream and MilkIn a separate bowl from your batter, whisk together sour cream and milk. You do not need to ensure these ingredients are well combined – lumps are preferred. This is an important step, as sour cream adds just the right amount of moisture without thinning the batter.
Step 7: Add Flour and Milk/Sour Cream Mixture to BatterAlternate adding the dry and wet ingredients to the creamed mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Do this gradually and beat gently together between each add.
Step 8: Assemble Cake LayersIn a greased pan, pour half of your batter and spread to corners. Then, sprinkle on your filling of sugar and cinnamon, layering on the batter evenly.
Step 9: Create the SwirlSpread the rest of the batter on top of your filling. Using a butter knife, gently move through the batter and filling layers. This will help build the anticipated swirl when cutting into the cake after baking.
Step 10: Add the Streusel ToppingGenerously layer on the streusel topping, completely covering the batter. Making sure you have a substantial coating will give your coffee cake an added crunchy texture and richness.
Step 11: Bake, Serve, Enjoy!Bake until the streusel is golden-brown and a bit darker on the edges. Let the cake cool and enjoy with a cup of coffee. Ready to start baking with the full recipe?
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