Coffee Crumb Cake

Inspired by Angharad and the Pioneer Woman, I baked a coffee crumb cake over the weekend. This recipe had been on my radar for awhile, but with 3 sticks of butter and 3 1/2 cups of sugar, this is not a baked good you can jump into without some forethought. If I’m going to make something so ridiculously delicious, I better have a plan to share the results. Although…honestly…I probably could have eaten this entire cake myself. That’s how good it smelled! I made a few minor adjustments for my version – but the original recipe is pretty solid.

Coffee Crumb Cake

Ingredients-

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 ½ stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cup skim milk
  • 3 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1 ½ stick butter, softened
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 

Directions –

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Using a mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then set aside. 

Cream butter and sugar using a mixer and then add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites (this will make the cake fluffy and moist!), but be careful NOT to overmix.

Pour cake batter into a lightly greased 9″x13″ pan.

In a separate bowl, use your fingers to mix the butter into the rest of the topping ingredients. Sprinkle  evenly over cake batter.

Bake for about 40 minutes (my oven runs hot), until the top is nicely browned and center is set.

I love cake (and ice cream and wine and beer and french fries!!), but I also really like vegetables. Especially asparagus. I know that’s kind of weird, but it’s one of my favorite vegetables. The same day that I baked the cake, I roasted some asparagus to have with my lunchtime salads. My method: A splash of canola oil + salt & pepper + 15 minutes @ 400 degrees F.

Vital Juice Daily sent an email earlier this week naming the best Spring veggies along with their health benefits – check it out (asparagus is on the list!):

Artichokes: One medium contains 20% of your fiber RDA for only 60 calories–that’s more fiber than you’ll find in a serving of oatmeal, bran muffin or brown rice!
Asparagus: Potassium in these spears pumps sodium out of your body to help beat bloat and puffiness.
Apricots: The juicy fruit is loaded with beta-carotene to keep skin beautiful.
New Potatoes: New research reveals that they’re a “resistant starch” that keep you fuller longer and help you burn up to 30% more fat after meals.
Pineapple: Tummy troubles? This tropical fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps with digestion and eases disease-causing inflammation.
Ramps: These wild leeks taste like milder, earthier onions and are a darling among chefs. Just sauté and add to any dish that calls for leeks or spring onions.
Rhubarb: This pie-filler–technically a veggie, not a fruit!–helps boosts circulation and reduce inflammation.
Strawberries: One cup has about 136% of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

Running Updates

Sooo, remember on Monday when I said I didn’t like the New Balance Minimus for running? Well, I read all of your comments and I mulled it over. I tried to remember how my  legs felt during that run and I thought that maybeee they felt yucky for a reason other than the shoes. I had been sitting at my desk all day (that always makes me tight) and I had just raced the Cherry Blossom 10-miler a few days prior (hello soreness). With these things in mind, I decided to give the Minimus another try.

And you know what? They were fine! I sort of feel like an idiot for jumping to conclusions after one run, but I suppose that’s why we give things a second chance, right? I initially was going to run in the Minimus for just a mile (on the treadmill) and then change into my Ghosts for the remainder of the run. However, I ended up feeling pretty good, so I kept them on for the entire 4 miles. I was running a little short on time, so I picked up the speed for the middle miles. This is a great way to 1) fit in a mini speed workout and 2) prevent death from treadmill boredom.

  • Mile 1- 8:30
  • Mile 2- 8:00
  • Mile 3 – 7:15
  • Mile 4- 8:30

The minimus definitely allow your feet to “feel the road” more, but I think this was ultimately a good thing – it helped me stay light on my feet. What exactly do I mean by “staying light on my feet?” I’m trying to avoid a heavy heelstrike (you know that loud pounding/slapping sound that some people make when they run?) and increase my stride rate to improve efficiency.

In general, I’ve been feeling much better about running over the last few days. I think just being able to vent on the blog helped relieve some of the pressure and burn out that I was feeling. I chose my favorite craft beer bar over a run yesterday and was totally okay with the decision – it left me feeling motivated and excited for today’s miles!

Anyone else change their mind about something running related? I remember hating my first half-marathon. It seemed so long and my legs felt like bricks. I thought I’d never do another 13.1 mile race, but now it’s my favorite distance!

  • Ali

    I spent all 13.1 miles of my first half thinking about how miserable I was. I crossed the finish line and, one week later, signed up for my second half. Now it’s my favorite distance, too!

    Also, how about bringing some of that coffee cake to the Upper East Side? 🙂

  • I ran my first marathon this past November, and I was pretty sure I was going to die at mile 18. I managed to cross the finish, and I’m hoping to run again this year – and get faster, too!

    I still think 13.1 will be my favorite distance though – it’s long enough where it’s a challenge, but it doesn’t quite take it out of you like the full marathon does.

  • I definitely can see that the Minimus make you “more aware” of being lighter on your feet – even more so than when I was using the Nike Fee 3.0’s. I noticed this morning as I jogged to the gym that I was making this “slapping” sound with them – and then switched my form a bit to avoid so much of the heel strike. I think this is what the whole barefoot running phenomenon is all about. BUT definitely something I need to ease into!
    Still haven’t been able to do a full “run” in them yet – my achilles are still all bandaged up! Hoping for this weekend. Glad they’re working out for you!

  • That coffee cake looks phenom! Half marathons are my favorite distance, too. I’ve been wanting to train for a full marathon but haven’t found the time or motivation 🙁 Hopefully it will come eventually. Good for you for treating your body well 🙂

  • That coffee cake looks phenom! Half marathons are my favorite distance, too. I’ve been wanting to train for a full marathon but haven’t found the time or motivation 🙁 Hopefully it will come eventually. Good for you for treating your body well 🙂

  • When I first started racing I used to love 5ks. Now that I have learned to pace myself in the longer distances, I realize how hard 5ks actually are!

  • Corey @ the runners cookie

    That looks like such a classic coffee cake! I’m the same way – love sugar and baked goods, but also crave veggies.
    I also think its totally understandable to change your mind about something running-related. I used to think I enjoyed sprinting, now I don’t even really like 5ks because I don’t like going that fast! I’d rather go longer and slower. I’m glad you’re starting to feel differently about those shoes! I think I would have been worried if I didn’t feel good in them either (as runners we’re so paranoid about injury and “the right shoes”) but it was smart to give them another shot.

  • i vowed to never run a marathon after finishing my first half (which was also my first race). obviously i’ve changed my mind since then. as have i after every marathon where i say “never again”!

    aaaaaaaaaand want to send me some of that? because we all know how lazy i am when it comes to baking. i’ll say i’ll make it but that’ll be 6 months down the road

  • hmm, that’s a good question! I used to think running by myself was the only way to go, but definitely changed my mind about that once I met some great running buddies! 🙂 I hope to change my mind about hating 10Ks at some point soon…

  • Since I know you love Sriracha as much as I do… look at this!
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/sriracha

  • Jacqueline

    Megan’s Coffee Cake looks so good online that I thought I could take a bite right off the monitor screen! Yum-yum! The presentation was spectacular and I am sure the taste was just as wonderful. Another great baking job by the Runner’s Kitchen. Keep up the great work Meg! In the kitchen as well as on the running track, gym and outdoor running trails.

  • Anonymous

    lol, thanks mom.

  • Anonymous

    yes! i love sriracha sauce. thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @Ali – we should have a bloggers potluck sometime soon. I’ll bring dessert 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! Why do your baked goods have to look so delicious? And asparagus is one of my favorite veggies, too! Thanks for all the veggie facts!

  • that crumb cake looks delicious! I always must have a plan to share baked goods with others because my husband and I would eat everything if it’s left in the apartment! This is why I just don’t bake often! Automatic portion control!! 😉

  • Katie

    I LOVE crumb coffee cake! We used to have it for breakfasts on the weekend in Southampton a lot when I was little. Sometimes I get the pieces at Starbucks, but it’s just not the same!

    I’ve started adding asparagus to my breakfast omelets lately, in place of watery tomatoes. I love the addition (with feta, spinach and mushrooms), even if it does make my pee smell! (Sorry for the TMI)

  • Asparagus is one of my favorites, too!

    Can we just start planning “baked goods” meetups? I am always too scared to bake because I don’t want to end up eating it all, but maybe we can Tweet out a time/place to meet in NYC and hand out the fresh baked goodies 🙂

  • Anonymous

    haha, this sounds like an excellent idea. maybe we could do a baked goods
    exchange amongst bloggers – sort of like a christmas cookie exchange??

  • I meant more along the lines of, I’ll bring the food, someone else eats it without giving me more tasty treats 🙂