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Recipe: Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Here’s the recipe. There are two parts and some assembly is required.

1-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco (don’t use cheap stuff)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. butter, melted
*Note: Just give up and double this. You know you want to. And really, can you ever have too much streusel?

Mix the dough in a bowl. (I usually mix the streusel in the bowl I nuke the butter in.) Optional: Walnuts and blueberries.

Grease and flour a 13×9 pan. Plop in half the dough. Try your damndest to get it spread out. This is not easy – you’ve greased and floured the pan, remember? Just do your best. It won’t be perfect. Don’t worry.

Update: An offset spatula works great!

Now git yer hands dirty – grab half the streusel and, well, streusel it around. Throw in a layer of nuts and berries, just like a squirrel, ha ha! Go wash your hands because now they’re going to be all slimy.


Plop the rest of the dough on top. Good luck spreading it out – now you’ve got all those damn nuts and berries rolling around. Don’t worry, it’ll be okay.

Top it with the remaining streusel, more nuts, more berries.

Bake at 350* until it’s done – about 20-30 minutes? – I dunno, I never timed it.

EAT IT RIGHT AFTER IT COMES OUT OF THE OVEN IF POSSIBLE. THAT IS THE BEST!! (Note: If you do this, your piece of coffee cake will just fall apart all over your plate. It won’t matter a bit because it is so delicious!!)

Thanks, Mom, for the recipe!

The secret that is molten lava chocolate cake!

Here’s what you need. One of these:







One of each of these:















And here’s what I did. Spray each cup in the pan with non-stick spray. Mix up the cake batter according to the box. (I hate box cakes but C. loves them.) Fill up each cup about 3/4 of the way full, maybe a little more. You *want* it to cover the thing in the middle – the cakes will be served upside down and all you’re really after is the hole in the middle. If the hole goes all the way through and your cake ends up looking like a doughnut, all the lava will leak out and it will be a freakin’ mess. Yep, that’s the voice of experience talkin’. Go ahead and bake the cakes … uh… until they are done. Let ’em cool, then I used a narrow rubber spatula to get each cake out of its spot. Cool on a cookie rack. When the cakes are completely cooled, get a very slender knife and make the hole just a bit bigger. (This step was added after C. made one without modifying the cake at all. The hole was not big enough for the fudge and gooey goodness that goes inside.)

Put a cake upside down on a plate. Spoon some fudge into the hole. Nuke for about 20 seconds. Top with a scoop of ice cream, and top THAT with some Magic Shell.

Note: Some people also like a little caramel drizzled on the cake. That’s up to you.

Here’s what you’re shooting for. It will not look exactly like this, especially since this is a *mini* size. But you get the idea. The prototype lasted about 12 seconds before it was gone! P.S. You can freeze the cakes and then do the assembly/nuking later. Instant dessert!



Obscene chocolate

This is what happens when you’re *supposed* to get the house all to yourself, but instead you wind up in the kitchen creating Death by Chocolate.

This is chocolate cake layered with pudding and frosting, and topped with chocolate “magic shell.”? Someone please call for help.? (Oh, not for me – I don’t really like cake.? But I may be a widow soon.)? P.S. This was all C.’s design.















M, here is the baking cupboard. Subtle change, but there are 4 new Tupperware containers in there. This is where I can throw the doors open, grab ingredients, and voila! Cookies!

(Frustrating picture – it’s very yellow. I’ll get feedback from K at work tomorrow. Humph.)