Coffee Cake-Half Homemade Heaven!

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This morning I made one of my most favorite "naughty foods", a half-homemade Coffee cake. I love this cake, for lots of reasons: It's easy, it's fast, you can serve it warm or cold, it is inexpensive to make, I always have everything in my pantry to whip one out on short notice, but mostly I love this cake BECAUSE IT IS SUPER DELICIOUS!!! Here is the recipe:

Half-Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Cake

5 Tbs. cold butter-cut into chunks
1/4 tsp. table salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted chopped nuts of your choice (optional-I never add nuts to this recipe, but a lot of people like them!)
1 Box Yellow Cake mix +ingredients as needed per box instructions

In a food processor with the blade attachment in place, pour in the butter, salt, and both sugars. Turn the machine on and puree them together. Add the flour and pulse the machine on and off a few times, until you have a thick crumbly beach-sand texture. Pour into a bowl. Stir in the nuts of you are using them.

If you don't have a food processor (and lots of people don't these days)simply allow your butter to come to room temperature, and place everything into a big bowl and "squish' it all together with your hands: This is also a great job for a little kid (with clean hands) if you have one!

Place in the fridge. Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare a boxed yellow cake mix such as per the directions. Pour about 1/2 the cake mix into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the cinnamon topping onto your cake mix in the pan. (You can omit this step, and just pour ALL of the cake batter into the pan and then sprinkle all of the topping over the cake if you prefer an easier route.)

Gently and SLOWLY pour the remaining cake mix over the top of the cinnamon mix to cover it. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mix over the cake mix.

Place in the center of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. be sure to test the center of the cake with a toothpick before removing from the oven. Some of the cake batter might rise up and "fold over" some of the topping, don't worry! That is perfectly normal and it makes for a really beautiful effect once you slice into it.

Allow the cake to cool to a handle-able temperature, and serve with coffee, or tea!

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