I actually had to explain to a colleague today that this cake doesn’t have coffee in it but is meant to be ENJOYED with coffee. In fact, I found that this cake can be enjoyed with everything. The babes enjoyed it so much that she saved a chunk of it in her pants to grab out and take nibbles from when she felt a bit peckish. This is likely a good strategy as the cake is disappearing at an alarming rate but is also a reminder to never accept food from a one year old.

I was reminded of this recipe while reading the Mrs. blog last week and she was mentioning she had cream cheese and sourcream to use up. Many folks would have thought a nice dip with veg or a pasta sauce or a goulash…I, of course, thought cake. Sourcream Coffeecake.

Keep in mind, you can also substitute creamy, goat cheese and yogurt for the cream cheese and sourcream. Go with what you have in the house.

In a bowl combine: 10 T. of butter, 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of cream cheese. BEAT, BEAT, BEAT. Add 2 eggs. BEAT again. Your frustrations should all be gone by now as you see cake getting closer and closer to you.

Add: 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 2 cups of flour, 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. NOW, like a good baker you should mix the dry ingred. in a separate bowl and then add a bit of dry to the egg mixture with a bit of the sourcream and do this another two times ending with the sourcream. OR you can just bung everything in the bowl, mix as little as you can to avoid deflating the batter that you beat so judiciously before.

Pour half the batter into a greased bundt pan (Don’t have one? Don’t worry, just use a 9 inch springform or a 9×9 square cake pan). Top with 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup nuts (I like pecans but you can really put anything or if you have a nut allergy to deal with-why not some fruit, dried or fresh? Jam would also work but I would leave out the sugar then).

Top with remaining batter and bake at 350 for approx. 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Let cool in the pan and remember that if you intend to go to sleep before other members of your household you need to hide pieces for yourself.

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