Friday, February 02, 2007

Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake

Despite high member ratings, this cake is a disappointment. The cinnamon streusel is good, but it's so scanty, it might as well not be there. (You can see it in the picture above, capping the cake, and running through the middle like a racing stripe.)

The cake flavor resembles that of a biscuit, which is great for biscuits, but not what I'm looking for in a cake. Plus, the texture was heavy and too chewy.

It's not a horrible cake, just bland and boring. I won't be baking this one again.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl, and stir well. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; sprinkle 1/3 cup of the walnut mixture into pan. Set walnut mixture aside.

Combine 1 1/4 cups sugar and vegetable oil in a large bowl, and beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir well. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Measure 2 cups of batter; set aside. Pour remaining batter into prepared pan; sprinkle remaining walnut mixture over batter. Pour reserved 2 cups batter over walnut mixture. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Yield: 16 servings

CALORIES 249 (26% from fat); FAT 7.3g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.9g,poly 3.3g); PROTEIN 4.9g; CHOLESTEROL 28mg; CALCIUM 63mg; SODIUM 175mg; FIBER 0.9g; IRON 1.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 41.1g

Grade: C-


Anonymous said...

It may not taste great, but it LOOKS amazing.

Perhaps adding more of the streusel would help?

Rachel said...

It looks yummy though. Maybe doubling the ribbon would work?

Laura Rebecca said...

I think you're right - tripling the streusel would make things a lot better. (Of course, that would drive up the calorie content...) I'd probably add cinnamon and a lot of vanilla to the cake batter too.

I don't know how to get around the overly chewy texture, though.

Rachel said...

texture wise-I'd cut about 1/2 cup of the flour and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. that is what is making it too dense i think.

Anonymous said...

I agree with looks great!

I hate it when you try a new recipe, have high hopes and it isn't what you wanted.

Organic Recipes said...

Hey, why not try my simple choco coffee cake recipe which I made up on my hubbies birthday-it was easy to make and very delicious!! recipe on :Borne Withit -
Let me know how it turned out if you make it.