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Orange You Happy About Coffee Cake?

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On a rainy fall day, there isn’t much better than a hot cup of coffee and a rich piece of this orange coffee cake. It’s very soothing. So soothing that it may just make up for the fact that sunny days are almost over!

But seriously, this is really good.

A normal coffee cake is fine, but I really love the addition of a little citrus in it. It is an easy change and adds some lift to the final product. It’s awesome without it though also.

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Orange Coffee Cake

Delicious coffee cake with a crunchy crumb topping and laced with citrus flavors. Perfect with tall cup of coffee.

Ingredients

Batter:

2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/3 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Zest from one orange (probably about 1 Tablespoon)
1 large egg
2/3 Cup milk
1/4 Cup orange juice
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Crumb Topping:

1 Cup brown sugar (I used light)
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, soft
4 Tablespoons flour
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Helpful Equipment

8x8 baking dish
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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together topping ingredients in a small bowl. It should be a crumbly mixture.

2) For batter, Mix together your dry ingredients (including the zest) and then add in your egg, followed by milk and OJ. Finally, stir in melted butter.

3) In an 8×8 baking dish (lightly buttered) you want to pour in about half of your batter, followed by half of your topping, followed by the rest of your batter and then the rest of your topping.

4) Bake this for about 30-35 minutes at 375. A toothpick should come out cleanly from the center.

5) Let this cool for at least 5 minutes before chopping into it.

Recipe Adapted from How to Cook Everything.

Orange Coffee Cake

(NOTE: I increased the amount of topping in this recipe. The original had 3/4 Cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons butter and 3 Tablespoons flour. I did this because I like the topping a lot. Adjust accordingly for your tastes.)

I like to make the topping first which is as easy as mixing all of the topping ingredients together.

Orange Coffee Cake

Lots of crumb.

After you mash in your butter, you will end up with a crumbly mix that will melt perfectly in your cake.

Orange Coffee Cake

Mashed together.

Then get the zest off of an orange. As always, you don’t want the white pithy part, just the bright orange layer. About 1 Tablespoon is enough, but go crazy if you can get more off your orange. Add that zest to your dry ingredients for the batter.

Orange Coffee Cake

Dry business.

Then add in your egg, followed by the milk, OJ, and melted butter.

Orange Coffee Cake

Finished batter situation.

In an 8×8 baking dish (lightly buttered) you want to pour in about half of your batter, followed by half of your topping, followed by the rest of your batter and then the rest of your topping.

The batter is pretty thick and it is kind of hard to spread your second layer of batter over the middle topping layer. Be sure to leave enough batter for that layer. I messed that up.

It looks fine from the top.

Orange Coffee Cake

Ready to go.

As you can see from the side view though, my layers are not exactly even. Don’t stress about this too much though. It’s just coffee cake.

Bake this for about 30-35 minutes at 375. A toothpick should come out cleanly from the center.

Orange Coffee Cake: Delicious coffee cake with a crunchy crumb topping and laced with citrus flavors. Perfect with tall cup of coffee or just have a slice for dessert! | macheesmo.com

Let this orange coffee cake cool for at least 5 minutes before chopping into it.

A big slice of this and a cup of joe is an awesome way to start the weekend.

Orange Coffee Cake: Delicious coffee cake with a crunchy crumb topping and laced with citrus flavors. Perfect with tall cup of coffee or just have a slice for dessert! | macheesmo.com

The one think I will say about this orange coffee cake is that it doesn’t keep that well. It is best right away and is still good for a day or two. After that though, it gets pretty mushy and doesn’t really have the same texture. It might be possible to bring it back to life by putting it back in the oven for 5 minutes or so, but ideally, you would just eat it right away!

Shouldn’t be a problem right?!

Orange Coffee Cake: Delicious coffee cake with a crunchy crumb topping and laced with citrus flavors. Perfect with tall cup of coffee or just have a slice for dessert! | macheesmo.com

10 comments on “Orange You Happy About Coffee Cake?

  1. just finished making this a couple seconds ago and just popped it into the oven. i hope mine looks just as amazing as yours! :]

  2. I made this a couple of days ago, and it is amazing! I doubled the recipe because I needed a 9×13 for a church function. I used canola oil instead of the butter in the batter, and I added a bit of orange extract. I also put some orange zest in the topping/filling. This was the first coffee cake I have ever made and it turned out perfectly. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  3. In the oven…smells so good. I was confused…in the batter ingred., says to melt the butter. But then when mixing the batter, it says to use a fork and blend in the butter. Shows little slabs of butter…not melted. It might not matter…did I say it smells great?
    I doubled the topping too…yummy, I hope, for some guests.

    1. Hey Abo! Nice catch… not sure what I was thinking. It definitely doesn’t need to be melted for this recipe. Hope it turned out okay!

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