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NEEDED: Brunch cake recipe

Diane in Bexley Dec 17, 2012 08:15 AM

Have been invited to holiday brunch in a couple of weeks and asked to bring a coffee cake. My "usual" recipes are sour cream pound cake, apricot coconut cake, walnut coffee cake. Looking for something different. The party will be about 30 people, someone else is already planning pecan cinnamon rolls. Want something I can do on Saturday to bring on a Sunday. Needs to serve about 12 people. I am fairly accomplished baker, but want a cake not small cookies. Suggestions? Thanks!

  1. blue room Dec 17, 2012 09:02 AM

    I use this (muffin or loaf) recipe as a cake. Don't vary the ingredients, don't forget the glaze, and it's a winner.

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      HillJ Dec 17, 2012 09:11 AM

      Have you ever made this crumb cake?


      Really good, moist and super easy.

      1. tcamp Dec 17, 2012 09:19 AM

        This is one of my favorite cakes. Good for brunch, lunch, dinner or breakfast.


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          iL Divo Jan 4, 2013 06:31 AM

          I haven't made this but just read recipe and I will.

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          Splendid Spatula Dec 17, 2012 09:31 AM

          This is a killer breakfast/brunch cake. I feel that it improves with a day or two between making and eating.


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            iL Divo Jan 4, 2013 06:38 AM

            what's the name of recipe please, this link is pulling up the sun maid raisin web site or I'm not seeing it, sorry.

            1. re: iL Divo
              Jay F Jan 4, 2013 06:53 AM

              It is the Cream Cheese Raisin Pound Cake.

          2. jboeke Dec 17, 2012 10:23 AM

            I love this lemon cornmeal cake for brunch:

            It's hefty enough to be filling, but not too sweet.

            1. hotoynoodle Dec 17, 2012 10:37 AM


              this has been loved every time i make it. any in-season fruit works beautifully. i have played with adding almond meal in place of some of the flour, which works great with berries, especially cranberries. adding citrus zest and ginger is nice too.

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                cheesecake17 Dec 17, 2012 11:15 AM

                The best cake. I've made it with blueberries or apples.

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                  HillJ Dec 17, 2012 12:33 PM

                  Just double checked my recipe scribbles next to this SK recipe. The last time I made it for friends I used a combo of raspberries and apricots. I usually double the recipe for a larger pan but this is a great choice.

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                    hotoynoodle Dec 17, 2012 09:11 PM

                    and it keeps well -- a "cake" that is better the next day and day after even.

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                    iL Divo Jan 4, 2013 06:49 AM

                    oh my goodness hotoy.
                    when the time comes that I can buy rhubarb, this will be *Sunday brunch coffee cake royale* can not wait.

                    1. re: iL Divo
                      hotoynoodle Jan 6, 2013 06:48 AM

                      oh, no need to wait for rhubarb. :) it adapts beautifully. pears are great in this too.

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                        HillJ Jan 6, 2013 07:45 AM

                        we enjoyed this cake with blackberries at our brunch Saturday.

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                    ctfoodie Dec 17, 2012 12:11 PM

                    Google Bar Harbor Cranberry Pie. Do not let the name mislead you. There is no crist and it is much more of a cake-like structure. The sugar balances the cranberries so it would be a nice contrast to a more sweet coffe cake. Besides it is very festive looking. Do not let the simplicity of the recipe fool you either. It is addictive. I add a little vanilla to the recipe but otherwise leave it unchanged.

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                    1. re: ctfoodie
                      mscoffee1 Dec 17, 2012 04:00 PM

                      I love that Cranberry Pie, too. I use butter and toasted walnuts as well as the vanilla you recommend. I had to stop making it because I kept eating it.

                      I also love the Blueberry snack cake from Food 52:

                    2. TrishUntrapped Dec 17, 2012 01:55 PM

                      I made this recipe for Cranberry Buckle recently and it's excellent.


                      1. biondanonima Dec 17, 2012 04:34 PM

                        Ina Garten's Lemon Cake is DELICIOUS if you like lemon. The recipe calls for loaf pans but I've made it in a bundt and a 9x13 with excellent results: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

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                          owen_meany Jan 8, 2013 09:44 AM

                          This was going to be my suggestion as well. Everyone I've ever fed it to has raved.

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                          teezeetoo Jan 8, 2013 08:52 AM

                          I like this limoncello pound cake from www.pasolivo.com. It is particularly nice for brunch because it isn't excessively sweet and the texture is lovely. It also makes me feel like I'm back in Sicily with the marvelous lemon trees.

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