What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

Carolina Coffee Cake


I woke up this morning craving coffee cake, so I grabbed the recipe for one I had been meaning to try for a few months. This fun-to-make coffee cake comes from my sister-in-law, Beth.  I admit that the name Carolina struck my fancy.  Anything with the word Carolina in it has to be good.  The children and I had a great time mixing this up for breakfast.


Start by creaming the butter and sugar.


My mixer is kaput, so I just went at this by hand with a wooden spoon.  Great upper arm workout.


Mix in a couple eggs.  These are fresh from my friend Kim's chickens.
That part makes me smile every time.


Next in goes the milk.  This milk is fresh from my friend Kim's cow.
Still smiling...


Stir in self-rising flour and 1/3 cup chopped nuts.


Spread into a greased and floured 10" iron skillet.  Now you can start putting together the topping.  Oops, minor set back.  I discovered I was out of brown sugar.  


Not a problem, really. Did you know you can make your own brown sugar in a pinch by blending some white sugar with a few teaspoons of molasses?


OK, now we can mix up the topping....butter, flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar.


Sprinkle that all over the top.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.


Put your bowl lickers to work while you clean up.

Bowl licker #1 still in her jammies, complete with bed-head.
Bowl licker #2, all dressed and ready to get the most out of this day.


All done!

Carolina Coffee Cake

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cup self rising flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and milk.  Stir well.  Stir in flour and nuts.  Spread batter in 10" greased, floured iron skillet.  Mix up topping in a separate bowl.  Sprinkle over the top of the cake batter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.  Cool a little before cutting.


We enjoyed eating outside while the birds warbled wake-up melodies. There's nothing as lovely as an al fresco breakfast on a warm, spring morning.  

Have a beautiful weekend!



Anonymous said...

Grandma would make a coffee cake like that on a Sunday afternoon in Texas when I was growing up. We always had what she called "lunch" around 4 p.m. on Sunday. (Must be a Czech thing!) We always had a big Sunday dinner at noon, "lunch" at 4 p.m. but no evening meal. I guess it would be the equivalent of an English "High Tea" also.G~Mama

Abby St.Clair said...

Looks fantastic! Miss those kiddos and that pup.

My2Blessings said...

LOVE the make your own brown sugar tip. Didn't know it was possible!
Looks YUMMY :)