The Coffee Cake and I Probably Shouldn’t Be Alone Together in the House

Tonight I made the Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl out of Baked by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Baked has become a cookbook I wouldn’t want to be without. I’ve written about Lewis and Renato’s cheesecake recipe, which is a bit fussy but delicious. My go-to recipe out of the book is the Lemon Lemon Loaf, which I’ve made dozens of times, but I still have a hard time not overeating it every time I make it. It is very lemon-y, and the glaze is made with lemon juice and powdered sugar, and it like a perfect thing with the way it’s just a wee bit almost crunchy and there’s all that sour and sweet living together. I’ve had great success with the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf and the Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bar (which I almost made for tomorrow instead), too.

So, anyway, now the coffee cake is cooling and it and I are just kind of staring at each other when the other one isn’t looking, shifting our eyes away when we think we might get caught. It’s the swirl that makes this cake–sugar, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. Being a coffee cake, of course, there is crunchy stuff on the top, in this case made with butter, brown sugar, and pecans.

I don’t know how I’m managing not to eat it right this minute except I made this to bring to the full staff meeting at HPL tomorrow morning, and it would be weird to show up with a piece missing. Or half the cake. One great thing about Baked (or not so great, depending on your perspective) is that the recipes all make enough to feed a crowd, and a crowd we are at HPL.

Probably I should just go to bed.


  1. Chad
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Sounds deeeelicious! Can I pretend to be a Henriettan and crash your staff meeting?

  2. Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Sweet bastard, that sounds good.

  3. Laureen
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Sounds wonderful :) Wish I was going to be at HPL tomorrow :(

  4. Posted September 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the thing about coffee cakes.
    They’re served sliced. ALWAYS.

    You could, you know, just… slice it.
    And let nature take its course…

  5. adrienne
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Chad, Always, and you can have cake, but you’re not allowed to steal any more HPL employees. I have my eye on you.

    Jules, There are three sticks of butter in this cake. Three. And also sour cream.

    Laureen, I wish you were going to be there, too!

    Tanita, You have a point.

  6. Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Tanita is wise. I need to get my oven mitts on a copy of the book. I had to send back the Momufoku Milk Bar recipe book after having it in my house for one day.

  7. Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    What I meant to say was, I had to send it back because it was sending off all of the “Gimme delicious, rich desserts” bells.

  8. adrienne
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Some books are dangerous.

  9. Posted September 14, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Definitely a dangerous proposition. I could definitely help you with your dilemma next time. :) Your coffee cake sounds sooooooo good. Lucky people at the meeting!! Do I dare pick up a copy of Baked?

  10. adrienne
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Jama, I think you would love it. It’s a fun book to read, too–the guys are good writers. They have a lot of little tips throughout, and the pictures are lovely. Good production from beginning to end. They have more cookbooks now, too, but I haven’t looked at them yet.

  11. Posted September 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just made the granola recipe from Baked. I know, I know… all those yummy cakes, and I make granola. But here’s the thing: the store was out of our house favorite. I decided I didn’t want to be beholden to the store for a favorite mix. I’m now inspired to try to recreate the lavender granola I eat when I’m on Orcas Island.

    The sequel has Boston Cream Pie cake. I think I need that for my birthday. It’s not too early to start planning. What cake do you want for your birthday?

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