Aunt Helen's Coffee Cake



Let me preface this post by saying that I’ve never met Aunt Helen.  All I know is that she makes a crazy-good coffee cake.  I was introduced to this cake by her niece Francie.  Francie is one of the great bakers/cooks at Main Library. Earlier this month she baked and brought in Aunt Helen’s Coffee Cake for a program we were having. I fell in love. Just a couple of weeks ago, I made two of them. One for our neighbors across the way and one for our hosts in D.C. Everyone liked what they tasted. This evening, I have another coffee cake in the oven. It’s going to work with me tomorrow.

Aunt Helen’s Coffee Cake (reprinted with the permission of Francie)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour tube pan (I use Pam for baking). Prepare yellow cake mix as directed on package, but use two tablespoons less water.  Pour 2/3 of batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with half of the filling (see recipe below). Pour in remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining filling. Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Cool 20 minutes.  I like to glaze the cooled coffee cake with a simple confectioners sugar and milk glaze.

Filling: Stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans) and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Robyn says:

    What is Spam for baking?

    Cake looks good! Glad you are bringing it in tomorrow.

    1. michael says:

      I was typing faster than I was thinking. I use Pam for baking. Spam for baking would be kinda gross…lol.

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