Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Everything in moderation. It is something I’m still working on for myself. But I also want to be able to impart that bit of knowledge to Olivia.  There are all these blog forums and sites, many of which I peruse and participate in, that have people who go crazy making sure their child has nothing but vegetables and vitamins and fiber. They go insane talking about what is appropriate to give to their children. Fish? It’s got mercury! Muffin? Boo to sugar! Rice? Sure, if you want to poison your child with arsenic!  Look, I’m as passionate as the next mom about their child’s health.  We exclusively breastfed (literally not a drop or bite of anything else) for the first 7.5 months of Olivia’s life. Then, up until she turned one, Olivia had every vegetable, fruit, nutritiously-cooked recipe you could imagine. Everything was whole grains, no-or-low sodium, high protein, high fiber, full of iron, etc. I am so glad I did that. Olivia has an appetite like no other. And she likes it all. She loves her vegetables and fruits and will even gulp down my freshly juiced green drink chock full of veggies. She eats spicy food like a champ.  But look – when she turned the big ONE, we decided that we wouldn’t go crazy and let her have some sugar (vs. making a fruit ‘cake’).  She had a delectable cake that she ate a bit of.  I respect all you parents out there who decided to go that route and before you bash me for having given Olivia sugar, hear me out.  

Sugar, like everything else, is a part of life.  Sure, there are some people out there who literally do not eat a drop of sugar or salt, etc. But that’s not us. And I’m guessing, that won’t be Olivia.  So, sugar is a part of life. And rather than keeping her from it, I’d rather teach Olivia that nutritious food is amazing and a little treat every now and then never hurt.  So, yes, she’s had a bite of our favorite churro from Disneyland. And yes, she has tried some fried tacos. But more often than not, she eats incredibly healthy and delicious food. I’m not worried.  

Now, onto our indulgence. Yesterday, I decided that I was hungrily wanting some coffee cake. And, lucky for us, we had all the ingredients on hand. This coffee cake is absolutely delectable. A real treat for your weekend.  Now, let’s start with the recipe.

What You’ll Need:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup sugar 

1/2 cup butter, melted 

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To make the batter, you’ll sift 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.  In another bowl, beat the egg until it is frothy.  Beat in sugar and butter until combined.  Add milk, sour cream, and vanilla.  Add to flour mixture a little at a time and mix on low until combined. Be sure not to mix it too much.  If the batter is too stiff, then just add a touch more milk.  To make the crumb topping, combine the last 4 ingredients (make sure your butter for the crumb topping is chilled) in a small bowl and mix. Set aside. 

Put 1/2 the batter into an 8×8-inch greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 the crumb topping over the batter.  Repeat with the other 1/2 of the batter.  Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  And there you have it!


A delicious way to start our Sunday that Tastes Oh-So-Good!

~ M ~



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