Elvy’s Welcome to Spring, Sunday Morning Coffee Cake

I don’t care if it’s still snowing on Sunday, go ahead and make it anyway. Make it just because it will make your entire family, even if only one person, very happy.
This was my Grandmother Nell’s recipe, tweaked over the years to a sublime treat.

Nell’s Sunday Morning Coffee Cake
• 3 Cups of all-purpose flour + 2 Tablespoons
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
• 2 cups confectioners, or powdered sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 ½ cups of milk + 5 Tablespoons
• 2 large or 3 regular eggs
• 3 teaspoons vanilla
• 3 sticks of butter
• 1 tablespoon cinnamon
• 2 teaspoons nutmeg
Even though this is a long list of ingredients, I promise this recipe is easy!
Pull out your butter the night before, so it will be soft when you get up.

In the morning, pre-heat the oven to 350° and oil, or spray a 9 X 13 pan, and melt one stick of butter.
Whisk together the 3 cups of flour, salt, baking powder, white sugar, and add 1 ½ cups milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, eggs, and whisk only until smooth, add melted butter and whisk only until incorporated into batter. Put batter in pan.

Take the two sticks of butter and beat until fluffy, add brown sugar and 5 tablespoons of flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, when all incorporated, and fluffy, then glop the mixture on top of the batter in the pan like giant dots, and sort of smush the brown batter down into the white, then run a knife through the entire mess, don’t worry it will look great later on.

Put your pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Make the glaze while it cooks with the confectioners’ sugar, 5 Tablespoons of milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pull the cake out when done, let cool for 15 minutes, pour glaze over top, and oh my.

Do not refrigerate, it will keep on the counter for up to four days, wrapped. Happy, happy Spring.


4 thoughts on “Elvy’s Welcome to Spring, Sunday Morning Coffee Cake

  1. OMG, Lenette! You’ve done it again! I’m having to wipe drool off my keyboard. That sounds FABULOUS! Looking forward to trying it when we get off this freakin’ diet. Bless the gods for Archive. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe!

    • This one is worth drooling over Denise, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make. But why are things worth drooling over always so full of calories? I’ve tried and can’t find a way around it, so I’ve decided an occasional really great treat is better than trying to find a substitute. Yet I share your dieting pain as well!

  2. I’m with Denise…I’m actually salivating while I’m reading this. I didn’t know you could put the butter out overnight. What a great idea!

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