I have the defense for my master’s degree coming up in just over a week (eek!). It’s scheduled kind of early in the morning and it’s on a Monday so I figured I better plan on bringing some sort of tasty snack for anyone that’s motivated enough to come. I decided right away to do a coffee cake and a batch of muffins, hopefully with two choices everyone will be able to find something they like.
I’m still debating over what kind of muffins to make, but as soon as I took the first bite of this coffee cake I knew it was the one. The thick crumb topping partially bakes into the moist, vanilla cake so there is a bit of crumb on top and some gooey, cinnamony deliciousness underneath. I may or may not be able to wow everyone with my brilliance, but I can at least make sure to serve them some tasty food!
- 1½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 tbl. + 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ⅔ cup graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup butter
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ cups vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tbl. vanilla bean paste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 pan.
- Combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter to create the topping, then set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together then set aside. Use a mixer to cream the butter for several minutes until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the yogurt and vanilla bean paste. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, scraping the bowl between each addition. Mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Use your fingers to crumble the cinnamon topping evenly over the surface of the cake. The topping will look very thick, but some of it will bake into the cake.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 20 minutes before serving. Cake will last for 3 days if stored in an air-tight container.
Adapted from Sweet Treats and More & Fake Ginger