Have you ever noticed this thing online when you are searching for recipes, and now people want to give you their life story beforehand? Like, “oh, did you want to learn how to make a fantastic chicken pot pie? Let me tell you about how I survived horrible working conditions in a third world sausage factory, was an ostracized whistle blower who hijacked a pirate ship with my three kids to be safely reunited with their rugby playing father and now we’re all settled in New Zealand, and don’t you just love the way the sunlight reflects off my yellow walls in my kitchen?”
I actually never read those long diatribes, and neither should you. Because we are only here for the recipes, no? Actually, you are here for the blog, and I’m deciding to switch things up today with a recipe. Something that goes with coffee... coffee cake. Odd Dog Coffee Cake.
Let’s get to it.
Prep Time: However long you want it to take.
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes Eat Time: Leisurely, and with Odd Dog Coffee
For the cake bit:
For the crunchy topping bit:
For the succulent glaze:
So, a couple of things about me, baking, and recipes, you, your kitchen, and our future together (awww...)
If you’re like, what is this recipe? I come to the blog to be entertained, and now I’m being reminded how I can’t cook? I do believe in my heart of hearts that everyone can cook. The number one thing to being successful in the kitchen (or perhaps, anywhere in life, although I really only have this trait in the kitchen) is confidence. Keep your head high, keep the timer on, practice, fail, and practice some more: You’ll come to be quite the cook in no time.
Second, no recipe is ever complete. Every time I make something or bake something, I think about how I could have made it better. So, if you’re like— this Odd Dog Coffee Cake isn’t perfect!!! And then you throw your Odd Dog Coffee Cake across the room, it smacking and sliding down the wall with it’s delicious glazing, plopping to the floor where the dog whoofs it down in three chomps because your dog appreciates me and my work... Absolutely, I agree with you. It’s not. It never will be. That is the joy of life.
I bake for a meditation, and if you’re not baking because you love it— stop baking. Life is too short. Only do things you love, and things you have to/want to do in order to keep people you love happy. That’s Odd Dog blog writer philosophy number one. Second, every recipe starts with preheating the oven, and I feel that puts you on a timer, and I don’t like that. I also don’t like wasting energy (regardless if it’s gas or electric) so I don’t start preheating my oven until I feel like I’m ready for it— that little beep goes off and I’m popping my pan in. So, preheating is direction number 4- right before messing with the topping.
Direction #1 is the glaze, because regardless how long that cake is in the oven, any traffic you get in the kitchen will be excited to dip a finger in the glaze, making them excited for breakfast, and keeping their grazing self out of the pantry.
The only other tip or trick I have is— vanilla; a fantastic ingredient and I’m always amazed at how a little bit goes a long way. With that said, always measure the vanilla over what you are putting it in, because if you spill a couple extra drops in? That’s the very definition of a “happy accident”.
I was inspired to create this recipe as I enjoyed my first cup of Cinnamon, Cayenne, and Cacao coffee with its subtle flavors that are fun to smell with the cup under my nose. So, I suggest enjoying the cake with this particular flavor.