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Fluffy Crumb Cake

Freshly baked Fluffy Crumb Cake, warm from the oven is the perfect weekend breakfast!

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Oh, and did I mention the topping? Well, it’s literally the best part of this crumb cake — it’s the crumbs of course!

And who could not resist these buttery, delicate sweet crumbs on top of a moist and fluffy breakfast cake?

Not me.

Not my family.

And surely not you! Or so I hope!

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This is probably the best crumb cake I have ever made. Seriously. It’s true.

The cake is scented with vanilla and not too sweet. And the topping…To. Die. For! It’s sweet and crumbly and will literally will make your heart jump a beat!  It’s stunning to look at; it stands up tall and the golden crumbs glisten in the morning light. And it’s even better to eat!

It’s an ideal breakfast for me to make for my family. You see, during the week, I usually grab some type of health bar, heat up some oatmeal, or sometimes even pack a couple of these mini frittatas, and I’m out the door. My days are long and eating happens quickly.

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

So really, over the weekend is usually the only time when I get to enjoy my meals. And I do. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.

On Saturday and Sunday I still get up early (internal alarm clock!), which allows me to leisurely make something scrumptious. I whip up something quick, toss it in the oven, and wait for the amazing aroma to fill the house. Then, when my family wakes up, they immediately ascend to the kitchen to see what I have concocted.

It’s a dream to sit on the couch with my husband, indulge in the breakfast that I have baked, such as this Fluffy Crumb Cake, sip on a hot Cappuccino that he has generously made for me, and talk about our day or just life in general. It’s really the only time we do this — and I love each and every moment!

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FLUFFY CRUMB CAKE

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour

Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

To make the crumb topping:  To a small bowl add the sugars, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Then add the flour and using a fork, gently stir until the topping until it looks crumbly. Set aside until ready to use.

To make the cake: In a medium bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined then set aside.

Into a large bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy — about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. With the mixer on low-speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated then add 1/2 of the milk and mix until blended. Repeat ending with the last 1/3 of the flour mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread to create an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over the batter in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top begins to brown and a toothpick inserted to the top is clean. Cool slightly, then cut into squares. Serve warm or room temperature.

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Fluffy Crumb Cake | Sweet Baked Life

I hope that you relax and savor weekend mornings with a big piece of this Fluffy Crumb Cake —  it’s a great way to start the day!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy}

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Vanilla Almond Biscotti

These pretty Vanilla Almond Biscotti are not-to-sweet and perfectly crunchy — ideal for dipping into your coffee, tea or milk!

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I always wanted to make biscotti, but never did; until recently that is.

And gee, what took me so long? It could be that I am not really into baking cookies, OK, don’t hate! I do love cookies, but I guess I don’t have the patience for scooping, shaping, placing evenly on the cookie sheet, baking and repeating the process until all the dough is gone! I would just rather turn my cookie recipe into a wonderful pan of bar cookies!

I am though, always up for making something new. You see, I love watching The Great British Baking Show. My husband thinks I’m crazy and wonders, why to I sit with my eyes glued to this show? Well, it’s because they whip up some of the most interesting things; most I have never heard of before. To me, it’s fun to watch and see how the home cooks figure out how and what to bake. A challenging baking show for sure!

Vanilla Almond Biscotti | Sweet Baked Life

One one episode the bakers were challenged to make biscotti. Now this is something I have heard of and have always wanted to make. I stumbled across the episode, and yes, there were some strange concoctions. But I also watched the segment where the hosts showed exactly how to make biscotti.

As my eyes filled with delight, I knew biscotti was on my list try. The basic recipe looked so easy — my type of cookie for sure. However, do you ever get that feeling when you are watching cooking shows that even thought it looks easy, the magic of TV editing may play a big part of the outcome?

I do! But with this recipe I did not care. I wanted to make a cookie that was simple to make with simple ingredients, so visions of  Vanilla Almond Biscotti began to invade my head as I ventured to my local grocery store to pick up the few items I needed.

Vanilla Almond Biscotti | Sweet Baked Life

I decided to make these one Saturday morning to surprise my boys. And they could barely wait for them to cool before they started devouring them. Yep, must be good if the boys like them. Did I say like? I think I really meant LOVE.

I had to steal some away to save for the photos or this would just be a post with crumbs on the plate!

As I explained to the guys, biscotti means “twice baked”, meaning that you bake them once, cut, put back on the baking sheet and bake again. The outcome is a deliciously crisp, yet soft, cookie. And they are good to eat any time of the day; that is if they last long enough after they come out of the oven!

Vanilla Almond Biscotti | Sweet Baked Life

Vanilla Almond Biscotti

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup almonds

Instructions

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until blended and set aside.

In a large bowl of a stand-mixer with the paddle attachment, add the eggs, butter and sugar and beat on high-speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. The add the vanilla and mix well. Remove bowl from the stand and gradually add the flour mixture and stir by hand until just combined. Then fold in the almonds.

Divide the dough in half and shape into two 3×10-inch logs on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and firm, about 30-35 minutes. When the logs are cool enough to handle (about 10 minutes), use a serrated knife and cut into 3/4-inch pieces and place cut-side down onto two parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, turning the biscotti half way through, until dry and firm.  Let cool completely in the pan.

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These Vanilla Almond Biscotti look as beautiful as they taste! Be warned, they are so good that you may want to double or triple the recipe just to make sure you get some to enjoy yourself!

Sheila

 

{recipe inspired and adapted from The Great British Baking Show & Real Simple}


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Honey Vanilla Cupcakes

Spring has sprung…and you know what that means?  Pretty baked things to celebrate the season! So get ready to bite into these scrumptious pastel pink Honey Vanilla Cupcakes.

Honey Vanilla Cupcakes

And don’t you just love this vantage muffin tin?

Well, one of our neighbors is selling their house and they recently had an estate sale. I walked into the garage where they had all of their kitchen things neatly placed when my eyes immediately spotted two worn out and rustic muffin tins. I reached over and plucked them off the table and nonchalantly asked the guy manning the wares the price, “three dollars for both”, he said. SOLD!

I could not beat the price — best purchase in a long time! And don’t they look great next to the pretty pink frosting?

Pretty Honey Cupcakes

I quickly walked back to my house and knew exactly what I was going to make, right then and there! These Honey Vanilla Cupcakes start with a basic box cake mix which is dolled up with almond milk, melted butter and honey and then they’re frosted with a slathering of incredible light pink honey vanilla buttercream frosting.

Top these gems off with some pastel sprinkles and you’ll be set! Set for what, well to celebrate the season of course!

Pretty Honey Cupcakes

Honey Vanilla Cupcakes
(recipe by Sheila | Sweet Baked Life)

Cupcakes
1 box (15.25 oz.) white cake mix
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup butter melted
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting
1 box (16 oz.) confectioners sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond milk

Pastel sprinkles, for garnish

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with pretty liners and set aside. Note this recipe yields 18-24 cupcakes.

In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the cupcake batter. With a hand-held mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour or spoon batter into prepared muffin pans and bake for about 18-20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

For the frosting: in a large bowl of an electric mixer, add sugar butter and honey and beat on high-speed until fluffy, slowly add the vanilla extract and milk. Note, if frosting is too thick add more milk or if too thin add more confectioners sugar. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with pretty sprinkles.

Pretty Honey Cupcakes

These moist Honey Vanilla Cupcakes are perfect for Easter or any springtime celebration. Here’s to the spring and pretty things!

Sheila


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Pumpkin Cupcakes {with vanilla buttercream frosting}

In honor of Halloween — here’s a quick and easy recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting!

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They are super easy to make and they taste incredible. Not only that, they are a perfect treat to eat while you are sitting at home handing out all that Halloween Candy! So get ready to take a bite and enjoy your night!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes
(from Trader Joe’s)

1 box Trader Joe’s Pumpkin muffin and bread mix
Eggs, water and oil according to box
Mix and bake according to package directions. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
(adapted from C&H Sugar)

1 1 lb. box (approx. 3-3/4 cups) C&H Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In large bowl with electric mixer at low-speed, combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 1 to 2 minutes until creamy. If desired, add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency.

Frost cupcakes liberally with the buttercream frosting. Decorate the tops with M&M candy pieces and Candy Corn.

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Enjoy your Halloween and these soft and sweet Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

Sheila