With all the baking I did leading up to Christmas, I took a little break for a few days to enjoy the holidays. I kinda figured you’d all be okay with a few dessert-less days from me.
Of course, it wasn’t long until I couldn’t fight the urge to get back to baking. So, I thought I’d ease us back in with a coffee cake. Those always seem so innocent to me. It is, after all, a cake designed to be eaten with an afternoon cup of coffee or for brunch.
This particular coffee cake may not be so innocent. You see, it’s topped with pecan pie filling. So much for easing us back in, huh?
The cake itself is very good on its own. It’s moist and flavorful and delicious. There is a little bit of cream cheese in the cake, and I’m always for that.
Then, there is the topping. After the cake is baked, poke lots of holes in the cake. Then pour on a gooey, nutty topping and let it soak into the cake. A little more time in the oven, and then there’s a magical layer of pecan pie filling right on top, with a little bit soaked into the cake to make it even better.
- 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- pinch of salt
To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat sugar, butter, and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of buttermilk. Mix just until combined.
Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set pan on wire rack.
To make the topping:
Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
Place corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Stir until butter melts and mixture is smooth.
Stir in pecans, egg, and salt.
Use a wooden skewer* to poke multiple holes in the top of the cake.
Pour topping over the top of the cake.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
*Use a skewer with a larger diameter than a toothpick. The topping mixture is a bit thick and will need slightly larger holes to soak into the cake.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light and MyRecipes.