Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fast And Easy Coffee Cake And A BIG FAT FLOP

You know how it is when you start out 
with high hopes for a quick little treat?
My daughter belongs to a MOPS
(Moms Of PreSchoolers) 
and even though she won't go to the 
meeting this week she needs to supply
a simple little coffee cake.
So, we hauled out the recipe book
and made a wonderful coffee cake.
Well....We THOUGHT it was going to be wonderful.
It was in a BUNDT PAN and SOMEONE me
failed to prepare the pan properly 
(didn't flour it after greasing it-duh)
So it came out kind of a FLOP.
HOW DO YOU CURE A FLOP?

Hmmmm.....maybe with some icing?
Ummmm...NOPE!  That didn't work....
EPIC FLOP!
Do YOU ever have FLOPS?
No?  Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire
It seems like everyone in Blogland is SO perfect.
Guess what?  All those PERFECT PEOPLE?
Yeah- Ummm.....That's not real.
REAL PEOPLE have REAL FLOPS sometimes.

So.-After OUR flop~ 
I used OUR because I like to share
the credit where I can~
it was back to the drawing board.
We I found a different recipe this time.
Ah-  A perfect recipe with few ingredients.
A good thing 
being as I had used all the "good stuff" on 
THE FLOP.
We I ditched the BUNDT PAN and used an 
8x8 pan this time
(GREASED AND FLOURED-
thanks for asking.)
SOOO much better!
Oh, yeah, baby....
AND speaking of baby...
notice how cleverly I worked the word 
BABY in there?
I will leave you with a peek at 
PURE SWEETNESS....
for all the baby lovers out there.
Oh My Chubby Goodness!!!!

Have a good day-
I will be serving up THE FLOP here today
and flopping around doing nothing...
Yeah, right- FAT chance of THAT happening
with a 2 year old, a 4 year old, 
a new baby and a C-Sectioned Mom!

Here's The EASY Coffee Cake Recipe...
SO GOOD!

Coffee Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup  butter + 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
2    eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium (1 cup) tart cooking apple, peeled, cored, chopped

Topping

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Butter  + 2 Tablespoons  Cinnamon
                                

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine all coffee cake ingredients except apple in bowl; stir just until moistened. Stir in apple.
Spread batter into greased and floured  8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
Combine 1/3 cup flour and brown sugar in bowl; cut in 1/4 cup  butter and cinnamon until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over coffee cake batter. Bake 28-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Hope YOU have a wonderful day!
I will visit when and as I can.
your photo name

50 comments:

  1. Diana, You know darn good and well....I have made my share of flops. That pan one has been done here too. LOL The little cake looks perfect. The bundt one looks okay, but I am taking your word for it being a flop. You will be enjoying the children today. Squeeze that sweet baby for me. xoxo,Susie

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  2. at least that flop was edible and I'm sure it was yummy, the recipe sounds wonderful, what sweet heart that baby is, just like The Gerber baby, (from the baby food jars ads)

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  3. Oh darn! No- not me I've never done anything that was a flop!! HA! LOL... I made pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving one year and forgot the sugar! Let me tell you it was bad! No one wanted to eat that one!! Pure sweetness is a joy to see!

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  4. My middle name is "flop!!!" I don't only reserve it for baking - I spread it around to sewing, DIY projects, you name it. I would have eaten your flop with all that yummy frosting!!

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  5. What a little cutie pie! She looks just darling in that cute little hat! What??! You mean you really don't believe that all of us bloggers are perfect?? You don't think we all live in magazine spread houses, that look perfect ALL the time?? And of course we are all perfectly coiffed and decked out to the nines:) Ah, well at least we can give the illusion! Just cover everything in glitter and I'm all set!

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  6. Oh I have had my share of flops!! Believe me, and if you don't my family will tell you so!

    Blessings

    Linda

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  7. Hi Diana,
    I thought the bundt cake looked good too! I have never met a bundt cake I did not like! Just sayin! Have a great day with the boys and that little sweetie. She is just too cute.
    Kris

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  8. Okay, so I guess they know what they are talking about when they say to flour the pan too! I've taken many shortcuts in the past when I don't have an ingredient or just (more likely!) "forgot!" - all with varying results! Sometimes the flops make it easier to just gobble it up all by myself - after all, wouldn't want to serve well loved family members something that just doesn't look right, would we?

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  9. I don't think it is a flop. The cake looks in perfect shape! Flops makes man to achieve better things!

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  10. Flops taste better than the ones that come out perfect. I don't blame you for keeping it for yourself.

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  11. That coffee cake sounds scrumptious! I thought it looked fine from the bundt pan. You may find your day includes picking up some crumbs from the floor.:-) I'm sure all those in your charge will enjoy sampling the coffee cake that stays at home. xo Nellie

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  12. That bow is a big as her sweet head...so cute! I've never had much luck with getting stuff out of a bunt pan..big hunks stay behind...looks bad...we still eat it! Hugs, Penny

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  13. Sweet baby - and I'm sure either of the coffee cakes are sweet too! ♥

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  14. Oh that cake on top is looking good. With a nice cuppa of coffee.

    Oh she is some baby lover Baby. I am a baby lover. Your baby Grands are adorable. She is adorable for sure.

    I know your doing hugs today so a hug from me and all the gals here. Now easy squeeze's don't want to crush her. Wow she is growing so fast in those days of after being born.. Oh man her moms milk factory is one milk supply. This baby is going to be a real healthy looking baby grown up soon.

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  15. Even the flop looks good, but I bet you got more pieces out of the large pan! You have your hands full with those grandbabies!

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  16. Take care of those babies and their Momma! That's what matters. Who cares what your cake looks like? It's probably delicious. And yes - I make mistakes in the kitchen quite often. I think we all do.

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  17. Oh my goodness, she's so cutie...a cutie pattootie...congrats.

    And flops, snort...bread that doesn't rise, tortillia's that looked NOTHING like the blogger's photos, and tasted like old dishtowels, they almost broke teeth....caramel sauce that ran out of the bowl....the list goes on.

    Of course not everything turns out, lol.

    Good for you for trying aging and doing such a great job of it, bet it tasted great.

    Jen

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  18. Oh ya, I've had some major flops! As good as a cook that I am - it happens! LOL!!! Your coffee cake looks yummy!

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  19. Love the recipe and LOVED that you were able to sneak in a picture of that sweet baby girl! xoxo

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  20. You have your hands full but I bet you love every minute of it. Chubby babies are the best.

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  21. You definitely have your hands full. That coffee cake looks absolutely heavenly. I would have gladly taken the flopped one off your hands. Have fun staying busy, busy, busy with those grands!

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  22. I'm sure you just HATE to have to eat that "flopped" cake now. LOL! Looks yummy.

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  23. Been there done that (fire in the oven with daughter's cookie cake the night before her party flop). The cake looks yummy. I have a go to coffee cake recipe we make every Christmas.

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  24. Good Morning Diana, What a fun post! Let me introduce myself . . . you know me as "your blogging sister, Connie", but what you may not know is that I hold the title of "The Queen of Flops" . . . and don't think for a moment that you are going to steal my tiara, LOL

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  25. Cooking I can do~! Baking? not so much.. I also keep pudding and dry milk in the cupboard just in case I do any baking- "flop cake" crumbled in a huge bowl- mix together pudding- add to cake pieces,stir- cool whip on top, sprinkle cinnamon- chill.. Its known as Sonny'misu giggle.. everyone thinks I've gone to extreme trouble to make them a fabulous 5 star dessert.. what they dont know wont hurt um so,,, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....

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  26. Oh boy Dianna, this looks wonderful and what a great idea to fix the not good looking part of the flop cake with a nice icing...I love this idea!
    I once flopped out a cake for dessert that was Mil's récipe and did it so many times!!! I had a very important invitation and it came out a total flop, couldn't even fix it...SO! I went out and bought a lovely dessert from the bakery, lol! We always have flops, but I ain't gonna post about it, lol!
    Hugs,
    FABBY
    PS: Love your Little chubby loveliness from heaven! So cute.

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  27. Hahaha....nothing perfect at this end of Blogland....many flops per day!!! Shall try your coffee cake...sounds good and delish!!

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  28. I love that the coffee cake has apples in it! Yum! I've had many flops...one of the biggest was when I was baking lemon bars in a pyrex dish in the oven. The bottom of the dish definitely said "oven safe." Well, the dish must have been defective because just a few minutes after popping it into the oven, it exploded! Like, the glass dish literally exploded in tiny shards all over the oven! So, we not only had tons of glass to clean up, but also gooey lemon bar batter everywhere. Ugh. Love the pic of bright eyes and her sweet head band! You know, in Texas, you pretty much HAVE to put a big ol' bow on your baby girl. It's like the law or something. :)

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  29. Yes, that is the picture of pure sweetness! The recipe sounds good, I was thinking about making a coffee cake this morning - will try this one! Sometimes those flops taste the best!

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  30. I sure do know that floppy feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. At least I like it when the flops are still edible. My last flop was a hard marshmallow rock! Yes, more baby sweetness, please! Hugs, Kim

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  32. Who cares what a cake looks like it's the taste that matters.
    Merle...........

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  33. I used to worry so much about "looks"....now I just add icing! :) This looks delish and this sweet baby....absolutely precious. I would love to be able to hold her while you make flops. LOL

    Hey, IF you have the time to respond, please let me know what you get. I'm still having lots of problems here with the internet ~

    xo
    Pat

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  34. I love coffee cake & I bet the flop will taste delicious!

    Oh my, that is one adorable chubby baby...squeezable, absolutely squeezable!

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  35. I'm sure it still tasted good..I only do flip flops..Hard to flop if you don't cook...

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  36. At least you have a good reason to eat CAKE!!
    What can be bad about that?
    I love coffee cake!

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  37. Both coffee cakes look good to me. Bright Eyes looks a lot like her brothers. She is beautiful!

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  38. OK OK...I have flops too...lucky for me I have 2 children and a hubby who could give a fat rat's "arsh" what it looks like and will eat my flops anyway!!! And baby baby what a cutie patootie she is...just loving those chunky monkey arms!
    XO Barbara

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  39. Hi Diane, Oh my gosh the baby is adorable in that darling hat. For the cake, flop or not I bet it was delicious. I tell ya, at least you had time for a do over. I flopped so bad once at Thanksgiving. Had people over for dinner. I was so proud of the pumpkin pie I made till we went to cut it and everyone could see I forgot to take the thin layer of freezer paper out from between the pie crust bottom. LOL It was a major flop, but once we pulled the paper out, it taste pretty good. A pile of mush but tastey just the same!! LOL LOL So glad I'm not the only one who makes flops.
    Happy Spring and thanks for the recipe!!
    Hugs!

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  40. Such adorableness! She's so beautiful. And, on the subject of dessert flops - sometimes the ugliest are the most delicious!

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  41. I have had more than my share of flops. And my DH has unfortunately heard and had his fill of my tantrums over the flops. But for the bundt pan, Baker's Joy has been one of the best things ever for my success in getting the cake out of the pan. I bet the flop was still yummy. But nothing as yummy as the sweet kissable face of a darling baby!!

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  42. I think I would have sent the first cake - it doesn't look like a flop to me. I love that sweet little hat on baby today.

    Happy first day of Spring, Diana!

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  43. Sweet little chubby cheeks!!!!

    (I have more than my share of flops!)

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  44. You're killing me with the baby pictures! My uterus hurts! I'm giggling at your sharing credit for the flop, but it sounds like the family wins with a cake at home too! Enjoy your time with your family, and smell that new-baby smell for me! (What's her name?)

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  45. Love all the baby pics. I guess you are a busy gram because I have not seen you over at Uptown Acorn. I miss your daily comments. xo

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  46. Just received a whiff of a flop, epic fail, something that I'd like to be the judge of...any left?

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  47. she looks like one of those cake toppers that are made of icing....so freakin' gorgeous. Grandma must be getting tired putting in all those extra hours, or are you secretly feeding that little one frosting on the side? She looks like she been well fed!

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  48. What do mean you are not perfect. You are perfectly funny is what YOU are. That photo is just adorable.

    This cake sounds good! :) LOL I remember making brownies early fall. New mix says FAMILY SIZE or something. Well the perimeter baked perfectly and the middle, to my dismay was a fudgy MESS. HA ....I just cut all around it, served the brownies on a dish instead of in the pan and no one was the wiser here. Threw the middle in the garbage can. Oh well! :)

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  49. Oh yumm.flop or no flop that cake looks yummy! But...I have to admit..the second one looks better...smile..Don't over do, but enjoy all those babies!!

    Blessings,
    Gert

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  50. Flop still goes good with coffee! They both look delicious! And how could you not show a photo of that precious baby ;) She is adorable!

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