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Morning Cakes that Go With Coffee

Hi. I'm visiting a friend's summer house this weekend, and would like to bake a simple cake that we can eat with breakfast. Since the fruit is so great right now, I'm thinking something with berries, or maybe yogurt or sour cream? I'm open to more traditional coffee cakes too, as long as they're not too complicated. Any recipe suggestions appreciated!

Here's one I found adapted from Ina Garten. Any others?

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  1. OMG that looks delicious! I was going to suggest lemon and blueberries, too. Even if it were just a lemon quick bread with lemon syrup soak and a quick blueberry jam (no pectin, just cooked blueberries, a little sugar, lemon zest). Maybe a jar of lemon curd to gild the lily since it is sort of a hostess gift.

    1. I've been making the Blueberry Streusel Cake that was featured in this month's Gourmet...it's a winner. You can make it in a double batch in a 9x13 pan. Enjoy!


      1. This vanilla breakfast cake is very good--lighter than you'd expect w/ all the sour cream.


        1. There's a raspberry buttermilk cake on smittenkitchen that's really delicious. I've made with soured milk instead of buttermilk. Very light, simple to prepare, and the recipe doubles and triples easily.

          I also make a version of Alton Brown's blueberry buckle that's awesome. It's a one bowl recipe, and everyone loves it.

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            I don't know if this is the same cake, but the June issue of Gourmet Magazine had a simple and very yummy Raspberry Buttermilk cake. The recipe is on epi or here:

            This Apple-Raspberry Cake from Bon Appetit is also very good.

            If you can get any rhubarb, the NYT's Rhubarb Big Crumb Coffeecake is amazing.

            Emeril has a good Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping made with yogurt (or sour cream):

            For a basic cinnamon coffee cake, I also like this really easy and reliable recipe:
            Best & Easiest Cinnamon Coffee Cake

            I also have a couple of very good berry yogurt muffin recipes if you'd like them.

            1. re: toveggiegirl

              Yes, that's the cake I'm talking about! I wasn't sure where it was from, but I know I got the recipe from smitten kitchen. The NYT rhubarb cake looks good- I have fresh rhubarb that I cut up and froze.

          2. Are you interested in savory breakfast cakes? I made one with ham & cheese using Bisquick. It was like a quick bread, and tasty!

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            1. re: janetms383

              I know this is an old thread but checked and saw that you are still posting, janetms383.

              I would love to have your ham and cheese cake using Bisquick for a meeting next Wednesday.

              HOpe you see this and can reply.


            2. I made the amusingly-named Blueberry Boy Bait on Sunday (recipe is in the CI Family Baking Book as well as on the America's Test Kitchen website) - used black currants instead of blueberries - it is excellent and is still lovely and moist today.

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              1. re: buttertart

                I loved the Blueberry Boy Bait as well. And I brought on vacation with me and it not only traveled well but also pleased my in laws!

                Here is the smitten kitchen link: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/07/blu...

                1. re: newfoodie

                  I made this last week with whole-wheat flour (no other substitutions) and it was great. I'm a pretty novice baker and the recipe was quite straightforward.

                  1. re: Sophia.

                    it's a keeper, definitely. And I like the cute dashing 1940's girl-y name.

              2. since we're in blueberry season, i made the blueberry scones with lemon glaze according to the recipe supplied by tyler florence. i guessed that 180 some comments averaging 5 stars indicated a solid recipe. yup. these are fairly quick and could be made the morning they're eaten--in fact, should be.


                1. I just made that, only as muffins and it was great.
                  I also made these: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blueberr...
                  And they were awesome. Finally out of blueberries.

                  1. Banana buckwheat cake or blackstrap gingerbread are great breakfast cakes. They don't call for seasonal fruit but some berries would certainly be tasty with the banana/buckwheat cake.

                    1. Corn bread with fresh roasted corn.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I just read A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberger (Orangette blog) and she had a recipe for corn bread where you pour a cup of cream in the middle before baking. I have to try that --it sounds great for breakfast.

                        1. re: chowser

                          i believe this is originally a Marion Cunningham recipe - my baking heroine, and one who really doesn't get the recognition she richly deserves.

                      2. This is the same recipe for Oatmeal Snack Cake as May/June '08 Cooks Illustrated, except that CI uses 1/2 cup granulated sugar: http://thebittenword.typepad.com/theb...

                        1. From some course or other I remember the definition of nonsummativity---"the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"---here is a breakfast cake that illustrates that. I don't usually use cake mixes at all but there is one, Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, that I add a full pint of blueberries to, making it much better than you'd think. I sprinkle on extra cinnamon and sugar too.

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                          1. re: Querencia

                            I'm going to make this tonight for a study group tomorrow morning.

                            Can you add any details?

                            I'm planning to make it in a Pyrex dish and just serve out of it, although I am usually a little more refined. :)