Mom’s Berry Easy Coffee Cake

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My Mom makes the best coffee cakes.

Ever.

The rhubarb one is probably her best.

With my parents visiting – naturally we enjoyed time baking together.

As soon as we baked it – I knew I wanted to share it here with all of you.

It’s so easy to make that you can pull this off when surprised by unexpected guests or simply when you want to enjoy something sweet on a lazy afternoon.

We are talking easy – peasy, delicious and satisfying!

This recipe uses cranberries but feel free to choose any fruit you have on hand.

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Mom’s Berry Easy Coffee Cake

recipe source: my Mom
2 c all-purpose flour
1 c granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c milk
1 egg
2 c fruit ( I used frozen cranberries )

for the streusel topping:
1/2 stick ( 4 Tbsp ) butter
4 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp flour

No mixer required. Juts a medium mixing bowl and a wooden spatula.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
Add all of the ingredients ( one by one ) into the bowl and stir.
The batter should be smooth and thick.
Place the batter into prepared baking pan.
Spread the fruit on top.
In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the streusel until it resembles crumbs.
Sprinkle on top of the fruit and batter.
Bake 30 – 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool before slicing.

What is your favorite fruit coffee cake?

Enjoy!

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Kiwi Jam ( Fridge Style )

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My dear Readers,

You may think I fell of the face of the Earth, disappeared or buried myself in frosting so much that I can’t reach my computer. icon smile Kiwi Jam ( Fridge Style )
The truth is, we have our family staying with us for a month and my camera is filled with pictures of our kids with their grandparents, rather than my baked goods.
I miss posting on a regular basis and interacting with all of you.
To see that new comments on the old posts and the number of followers to rise despite my absence – makes my heart melt. THANK YOU.
Thank you for all the wishes for my daughter! It made her and me dance from joy to see all of your comments about the cake and the love you sent our way.
Soon, I will be back to posting 3 times a week and I have a sweet giveaway planned. So please, bare with me.

Here is my little bribe icon smile Kiwi Jam ( Fridge Style ) – kiwi jam.

Made specially for you.

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day week and the web is full of tempting Irish recipes. I bookmarked so many of them that now I am stressing out I won’t be able to try them all!

As Crunchy Creamy Sweet is a baking blog, naturally I was considering making green frosting cupcakes or Irish cream cheesecake. But they are already live in the blogland and they are gorgeous.

But I was feeling lucky in the kitchen.

And kiwi caught my eye in the store.

Besides, it’s green, Springy and delicious!

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Did you know that kiwi has more Vitamin C than an orange and the same amount of potassium as a banana?
It is a great source of Vitamin E, antioxidants and high in fiber.

Simply put – it’s a super fruit!

My kids love it!

I decided to make the kiwi jam. It exceeded my expectations.

It is perfectly balanced in flavor.Not too sweet, with the kiwi really coming through.

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I altered my cranberry jam recipe for this one.

Kiwi Jam ( Fridge Style )

5 kiwi
2 tsp lemon juice
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 c water
3 tsp cornstarch mixed in 1/4 c water or 2 tsp fruit pectin, freezer jam kind

makes enough to fill 12oz. jar up to a rim

Cut each kiwi in half and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon.
Place all in a medium saucepan.

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Add lemon juice, sugar and water.
Cook on medium heat until it boils.

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The kiwi will cook soft and break up into smaller pieces.

Add the cornstarch mix and stir. Cook 2 min.
Take of the heat and cool in the saucepan for 10 minutes.
Pour into a jar, put the lid on and place in the fridge.
It will thicken up as it cools.

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          Kiwi – love or hate?

I am liking this recipe up to the Weekend Potluck.
This recipe is also submitted to St. Patrick Challenge on Very Good Recipes.

Enjoy!

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Princess Birthday Cake

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                 I hope you are ready for another special-occasion cake post!

                We are not done with celebrations in our family. icon smile Princess Birthday Cake

                Our youngest daughter turned 3 years old in February!

                It was another chance for me to pull out my creative-ideas-for-cakes notebook as I wanted to make something girly and pink for her.

                It also was a chance for me to be a little girl again and have my dream doll, but in a cake form! icon smile Princess Birthday Cake

                I remember designing clothes for my barbie when I was little. I might even have sewn a few of them. But my skills were pretty lousy back then. icon smile Princess Birthday Cake And lets face it, working with frosting is much easier and more fun than with fabric, thread and needle!
   
                Our daughter loves to dress up as a princess and has pretty much the whole collection of princess barbies. She didn’t mind me taking one of her dolls and using it for the cake!

                  The result: One Happy Princess!

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Modeling chocolate roses

 

                 I had this idea for a cake in my head for a while now. I googled out the princess cake and found a lot of inspiration, especially from this video.
           
                 I baked all the layers of the cake and made the frosting. I used gel food coloring in soft pink and tinted the buttercream and the cake batter. I stacked all the layers and with a shaky steady hand – I trimmed the edges to create a dome for the gown. Then, I took a shot glass and cut out a hole in the middle of the top layer only. The doll ( without the legs ) fit perfectly inside. I filled all gaps with frosting. After a crumb coat and 30 minutes in the freezer, I applied the rest of the frosting ( reserving about 1/2 cup for the bodice ) onto the gown. The texture was created with a small spoon submerged in hot water ( that way it glides on frosting, instead of pulling it away ).

                I used modeling white chocolate to make the roses and gathers of fabric for the gown and added them to the cake before the final refrigeration of the cake. I recommend making the modeling chocolate pieces the day before and storing them in the fridge, so they have time to harden.

Vanilla Cake  

3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs, room temperature
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 c granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c milk

Grease and flour three 8″ round cake pans. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder and salt ). Set aside.
Measure out the milk and set aside, next to your dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for about a minute. Add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Make sure all is well combined. Add the eggs, beating well after each one. Beat in vanilla.
Add the rest of ingredients, starting with the dry, alternating with milk and ending with dry ingredients.
Divide equally into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each layer comes out clean.
Cool the cake in pans for few minutes, then invert onto cooling racks. Cool completely before frosting.
source: Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book Bridal Edition

Buttercream Frosting

1/2 c vegetable shortening
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened ( 1 stick )
1 tsp vanilla extract ( or any flavoring you like )
4 – 5 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk

In a large mixing bowl, beat the shortening and butter for 2 minutes.
Add the flavor extract and beat it in.
Start adding the sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency.
Add milk, starting with 1/2 Tbsp, until you reach desired consistency.
Use right away or store in refrigerator, covered. You may have to mix it for few minutes before using.
source: Wilton’s

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“Fabric” gathers and roses made from modeling chocolate.

                 The cake was delicious! I apologize for a lack of slice photo, but I totally forgot to take it during the party.

                  I think I am going to take a break from making special occasion, elaborate, multiple layer cakes for a while.

                           Hope you don’t mind. icon smile Princess Birthday Cake

Enjoy!

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