Food You Can Eat: Featherweight Coffee Cake

Breakfast is served.

First things first:  Eating pastries for breakfast and cakes for dessert is glorious.  This must be what heaven is like.

A caveat before we get started:  I was going through one of the cabinets and stumbled across some shortening that I’d bought several months ago.  I’d totally forgotten about it—but it’s shortening which means it lasts forever—so I actually used it in this recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 Tbsp. Shortening or Butter

1 Cup Flour

½ Cup Sugar

3 tsp. Baking Powder

½ Cup Milk

1 Egg

½ tsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Sugar

½ tsp. Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8-inch square pan.  Melt shortening or butter.  Allow to cool slightly and mix with egg and milk.  Sift dry ingredients together several times.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the sifted dry ingredients and stir only long enough to smooth out the lumps. 

Mix for a few seconds, then stop and scrape down the bowl before final mixing.

Pour batter into greased baking pan.  Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the unbaked breakfast cake. 

This batter is thick and doesn’t want to spread easily.

Bake for 12 to 15 19 minutes because God forbid any of these baking times should be correct.  Test with a toothpick to ensure doneness.

Normally, I would cut this into four pieces, but I sacrificed and cut it into nine.

This one lives up to the name.  The cake is very light and fluffy and quite good.

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  1. Lovely cake and I love how straightforward the recipe is! 

    I was expecting something like beat 4 egg whites into oblivion and then fold in and then also be like well now what do I do with 4 egg yolks….

    • mayonnaise

    • You can also make a very rich chocolate mousse using only yolks. I’ve never done this but a couple of my friends do and it is incroyable.

  2. Lovely. I will add this to low effort/high reward recipe list!

  3. Yum, I love an excuse to eat cake for breakfast.

  4. First things first:  Eating pastries for breakfast and cakes for dessert is glorious. 
    i had chicken nuggets for breakfast
    it was a mistake….

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