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It’s fun finding recipes online‭. ‬It’s fun finding baking tips‭. ‬It’s‭ ‬not‭ ‬fun scrolling through 10‭ ‬paragraphs of someone’s back story to get to them‭. ‬So‭, ‬without further babbling‭, ‬here are some tricks bakers use to make coffee cakes amazing‭, ‬followed by the recipe‭. (‬No life-story reading necessary‭.)‬

Tips‭:‬

1‭ – ‬Use fresh baking powder‭. ‬The old stuff loses its oomph‭. ‬Toss it‭.‬

2‭ – ‬Unless you need more moisture‭, ‬you can substitute raw sugar or that lovely tan‭, ‬organic sugar for brown sugar‭. ‬News flash‭ – ‬it still has the molasses‭ (‬AKA‭: ‬down-home deliciousness‭) ‬in it because the company didn’t suck it out to make retina-burning white sugar and resell the molasses separately‭. ‬You can use white sugar in this recipe‭, ‬but‭ ‬it won’t have as much flavor‭.‬

3‭ – ‬If you are not a fan of vegetable oil‭ (‬which is mostly soy‭), ‬you can sub avocado or grapeseed oil‭, ‬or melted butter

4‭ – ‬For this recipe‭, ‬if you don’t want to buy an entire carton of buttermilk‭, ‬make sour milk by adding milk to 1‭ ‬tablespoon white vinegar in a glass measuring cup until it reaches 2/3‭ ‬cup‭. ‬Let it sit for a few minutes‭..‬

5‭ – ‬Use cold butter for the streusel‭. ‬Don’t even get it from the fridge until after the cake batter is mixed‭. ‬Then cut it into chunks for easier blending‭.‬

Ingredients

Cake

1‭ ‬1/2‭ ‬cups‭ (‬177g‭) ‬Gluten-Free 1-to-1‭ ‬flour

2‭ ‬teaspoons fresh baking powder‭ ‬

1/2‭ ‬teaspoon salt

1/2‭ ‬cup granulated or raw sugar

1/4‭ ‬cup oil

2‭ ‬large eggs

2/3‭ ‬cup buttermilk or sour milk

1‭ ‬teaspoon vanilla extract‭ ‬

Streusel Topping

2/3‭ ‬cup gluten-free 1-to-1‭ ‬flour

1‭ ‬teaspoon baking powder

2/3‭ ‬cup brown sugar or raw sugar

1‭ ‬teaspoon cinnamon‭, ‬or more

6‭ ‬tablespoons cold butter‭ ‬

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F‭. ‬Lightly grease an 8‭” ‬square pan‭. (‬You can use a 9”‭ ‬pan‭, ‬but reduce the baking about 5‭ ‬minutes‭.) ‬

To make the batter‭ (‬big bowl‭): ‬whisk the flour‭, ‬baking powder‭, ‬salt‭, ‬and sugar together‭. ‬Make a well in the dry ingredients by pushing them to the sides‭. ‬Add eggs and whisk a little to break them up‭, ‬then oil‭, ‬milk or buttermilk‭, ‬and vanilla‭. ‬Whisk until blended‭. ‬The batter should be thick‭. ‬Spread into the prepared pan‭.‬

Then make the streusel‭ (‬small bowl‭): ‬Mix the flour‭, ‬sugar‭, ‬and cinnamon together until evenly blended‭. ‬Cut the butter into pieces‭. ‬Use your super clean hands to work in the butter until evenly crumbly‭. ‬If it seems too smushy and warm‭, ‬put it in the freezer‭ ‬for 5‭ ‬minutes‭. ‬You want it to be cold and crumbly‭.‬

Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter‭. ‬Lightly press it onto the batter with your fingers to help it not fall off when cutting‭.‬

Bake the cake until a butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean‭, ‬about 28‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬33‭ ‬minutes‭ (‬less for a 9”‭ ‬pan‭.) ‬Remove from the oven‭, ‬and cool for 15‭ ‬to 20‭ ‬minutes before cutting into squares‭. ‬Stores well‭, ‬if there’s any left‭.‬