Believe me this is a very scrumptious coffee cake…with lots of memories.
In honor of my grandmother who will be 97 years old this May, I want to share with you her recipe for Butter Scrumptious Coffee Cake.
A little history on my grandmother. She was born in 1913 in Alabama. She really had a hard life growing up. When she was young she had scarlet fever and lost all of her hair and when it came back in it was jet black. And that’s the way I remember her most of my life until she turned silver. Her mother died when she was young and she helped to raise most of her brothers and sisters. And, she did literally walk to school barefooted. She remembers picking cotton and pulling her little brother on the cotton sack. That was a hard life. Unlike when my sister and I were in high school we decided we were going to try and pick cotton to make some extra money and to see if we could actually pick cotton like our grandmother did. We went to the cotton patch with a friend. There we were in shorts, tank tops ready to put in a hard day’s work and everyone else had on big hats and long sleeve shirts. — WELL, our cotton picking days were short lived, we were fired by lunch time. We quickly found out there were no fun and games going on in the cotton patch.
I would say my grandmother had a very good life in the time she and my grandfather were married. Our family lived next door to our grandparents all of our lives and my twin sister and I spent every Saturday night with them. They took us to Florida every summer from the time we were three years old and I remember staying at the same beach house every year. It had a screened in porch with an old wooden ice box. As we got older we liked going to this little store that the owners of the house and motel owned to check out their two cute Cuban sons who worked there. We thought of any excuse to go to the corner drugstore to see them!
Our grandmother did everything for us. I guess you could say we were spoiled — BUT — far from rotten. She use to make this cake for us for breakfast and I still make this cake from time to and will always think of her when I make this recipe. It’s another great recipe for the freezer and it’s good anytime, not just for breakfast. My grandmother is still living in her own house and still cooks up her pot of chili when she knows we are coming for a visit.
I hope this will become one of your family favorites.
Ingredients for this wonderful little coffee cake.
Topping ingredients get crumbled together, add pecans and set aside.
Creaming all the ingredients together before adding the dry ingredients and the milk.
Smooth batter in your prepared pan.
Add your topping to top of cake and using your fingers or a knife, poke some holes in cake forcing some of the topping down in the cake.
Right out of the oven. Makes me want to pour a glass of milk and sit down and have a big piece.
Butter Scrumptious Coffee Cake
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped pecans
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1/2 c. milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
For topping cut the 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour and the brown sugar together until it makes a crumb mixture. Add the chopped pecans and set aside.
Sift the dry ingredients. In mixing bowl with paddle attachment (or do by hand), beat the one stick butter and cream cheese until well blended. Slowly beat in the 1 1/4 c. sugar until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Start adding some of the dry ingredients and then a little of the milk alternating until you have incorporated all the dry ingredients and milk. Blend well. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with the topping mixture. Using a knife (or your fingers), poke a few holes around the top forcing some of the topping down into the cake batter. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
To freeze leftovers, cut in pieces and wrap individual in plastic wrap then store in Ziploc bags in freezer. To thaw, pop a piece in the microwave.
Enjoy and when I do, I always will think of my grandmother.