Tender, rich, citrusy and sweet Orange coffee cake topped with a delicious Almond and Coconut Streusel topping.
Apparently, I don’t have time to get dinner to the table, but I sure do have 2 hours to make a cake…
See, what I like about us – us, as in you and I – is that I can tell you about my stressful days that resulted in a Sandra Lee semi-homemade-ish dinner and you completely understand! How else was I going to pull off those Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos in the middle of moving. Semi-homemade is sometimes the way to go.
But, that’s why we also have those other times… those times when we can focus two hours on making a delicious coffee cake with oranges and almonds.
There’s also a fundamental difference between cooking and baking. Cooking is what I do because I have to keep the people in this house alive…
Baking is what I do to relax and keep my soul happy.
Weird as it may sound, only people that enjoy baking can understand relaxing while measuring flour and creaming butter and sugar. It’s my favorite pastime. Well, that and eating.
The very best thing about baking is the learning process. I can’t tell you how many cakes – and muffins and breads – I’ve made that didn’t turn out quite as they should have. By the time a baked recipe makes it to the blog, you better believe that there’s been at least 3 test-runs before your eyes landed on it.
This lovely coffee cake was in my “test kitchen” 4 times before I *think* I nailed it. She was such a diva throughout the entire process. The oranges weren’t sweet enough, the coconut wasn’t wet enough, the sour cream wasn’t fat enough… I’m telling you, I had a field day with this one.
Thing is that the cake was always edible…very, very edible. The problem was in the texture; it wasn’t dense enough. Or as dense as a coffee cake should be. Finally, after adding some fatty sour cream to it, it all came together. And sweeter oranges. Can’t tell you how much that matters in this cake. Make sure you use very sweet oranges, like Ortanique or mandarin oranges; those work the best.
If you don’t have two hours to spare, oh well! You better find the time and make this cake. Scouts honor, you will love it! And so will your belly.