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Streusel Coffee Cake

Moist, buttery, and packed inside and out with brown sugar streusel, this coffee cake is as versatile as it is delicious. You can keep individually wrapped slices in the freezer ready to pop in a brown bag lunch for school, a hike, or a holiday road trip. The recipe itself is short and sweet, but it's still a great one for aspiring bakers, with lots of measuring, mixing, and other fun cooking jobs.

First, these are your ingredients. Don't confuse an ingredient list with the recipe. Equally important are the step-by-step preparation instructions. Having your ingredients pre-measured prior to preparation is a secret of master chefs. Obtain small containers which can hold the various amounts of the various items and have those ready in an area otherwise uncluttered with anything which will not be used in baking this cake.

Cinnamon Crunch Topping
1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Next, the ingredients for the cake itself.

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More Cake ingredients -

Sour Cream Cake
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk


Sweet Glaze
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Next, we will go through the preparation step-step-by step.


Step by Step
Step 1

Butter a 9- by 13-inch cake pan. Dust the pan with flour and remove the excess by turning the pan upside down and tapping the bottom. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2

To prepare the Cinnamon Crunch Topping, first coarsely chop the nuts, or have your child put them in a sealable plastic bag and lightly tap them with a rolling pin to break them into pieces. Then combine the nuts, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl, using clean hands to mix the ingredients. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Next, the steps for actually preparing the cake.

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