Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yogurt Coffee Cake

When I got out of town for a few days, I have fairly accurate picture of what goes on in the house while I'm gone.

Single Man Mayem ensues.

Let me explain:

Netflix viewing is surely restricted to episodes of Entourage, Family Guy, and various manly action-thriller movies that involve explosions, guns, and large sums of money.

Internet news is limited to ESPN--hockey scores specifically.

Shaving? Who needs it.

And food? I could right a book on the diet of bachelors. I have no doubt there are a lot of fried potatoes, beer, and chocolate chip cookies on the menu.

Last week, I traveled out of town for the annual state Social Work conference. Prior to leaving, I did my wifely duty of preparing several dishes for Adam to eat in my absence. Although the man does at least 50% of the cooking in our house (if not more), I know that when I'm gone and Single Man Mahem occurs, his cooking skills go out the window...right along with his desire to tune into Grey's Anatomy with me.

For breakfast, I created a variation on his mom's fantastic coffee cake recipe. This delightful breakfast ring is moist and sweet--almost like pound cake for breakfast. I made a huge bowl of nutty crumb topping to layer in the middle and cover the top. I could eat that crumb topping straight out of the bowl if someone let me.

Did I need to tell you that the cake stand was empty when I returned home?

Yogurt Coffee Cake

(recipe adapted from Adam's mom, Kathy)

This is one of my go-to company-is-coming breakfasts. Apparently, it's now also the breakfast I make for Adam when I go out of town. I need to start making it for me!

Cake Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 - 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
Streusel Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 - 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 TBSP cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • about 2 TBSP milk
  • splash of vanilla
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9 " tube pan with cooking spray.

2) In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for the cake. Add eggs and beat well. Fold in the sour cream and vanilla. Sift together remaining dry ingredients for the cake and fold into the batter.

3) To prepare the streusel, combine the brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut in butter and "stir" with a fork until crumbly. Stir in nuts.

4) Pour half of cake batter in the tube pan. Sprinkle with half the crumb topping. Pour remaining batter on top and sprinkle with remaining crumb topping. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until a lightly browned a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5) Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl, adding more sugar or liquid to reach desired consistency (as needed). Drizzle over the top of the cake.


  1. haha, I live with a married couple and totally witness this diet whenever the husband is on his own for dinner. Ramen noodles, Pizza Hut, hot dogs, you name it! He doesn't know (won't learn) how to cook though, so it's interesting that Adam does this, too. Anyway, that is one delicious looking coffee cake! I can only imagine how moist it is. Good to see you back! :)

  2. looks yummy.

    you know i bet you could use white whole wheat flour for all or part of the flour without anyone noticing. that would up the nutrition quota a little. and if you were really daring a bit of wheat germ to crumble .....

  3. That looks amazing! It must be such a great texture!

    So funny about the cooking and the grey's anatomy...we're like your twin couple over here!

  4. yummmmy! that looks tasty! my parents are visiting next weekend so I might try this one for breakfast!

  5. You are such a nice wife for making that for your husband! I do the same thing when I go out of town as well.

  6. I LOVE coffee cake, it's one of my absolute favorites! Yours look sooo good. YUM! :)

  7. Cake for breakfast sounds good to me! This one sounds so good- you're so sweet to leave such good food for your hubby. :)

  8. Smile. Ryan watches hours of television when I leave (mostly shows that I would NEVER watch). And I always try to make him some kind of treat before I leave too :-) This looks so good. Thank you for sharing another beautifully rendered post. You know how to get my week off to a great start. I hope your week bursts forth with flavor and love. Hugs from Austin!

  9. OM freak'n Gosh... I LOVE< love streusel.. That is, used to be one of my favorites in toppings, and still is! I bet the yogurt leaves the cake really super moist!

  10. mmm that looks great! i was gone this weekend, and ben's food sounds just like adam's :)

  11. This looks amazing! I'm envisioning this making an appearance for Easter next week :)

  12. Yum! I can see how the cake stand would be empty :) This looks fantastic! I bet it's enough to break the bachelor food habit...but I'd definitely be willing to try it out on my husband to be sure :)