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Surprise Recipe Swap – Cinnamon Coffee Cake 

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Welcome to the forth Surprise Recipe Swap in 2013 – Each month me and some fellow bloggers get assigned to another blogger and have to pick and cook a recipe from our partners blog!
This month I was totally excited, because I was assigned to my very best blogging friend Cynthia from Feeding Big! I love her as a person, her blog, her recipes, her frugal living tips – simply everything! Besides lots of deliciousness, she has a new series on her blog – Living Big on Less Money – You might want to check this out, if you would like to save a few bucks :) It’s a weekly series (every Friday) and I am always exited and learning something new!I started following Cynthia’s blog a couple weeks after I started blogging myself and over the last 8 months we have built up a close friendship. We talk daily :) (not only about food haha).
I have cooked several recipes from her blog already and was NEVER disappointed!
My decision for this recipe swap wasn’t easy, but I decided to go with the “Best Coffee Cake Ever”!Baked on a Wednesday morning, gone by the night should say everything about how good it was :)
Let’s look at the recipe, then I will let you know more about my experience with her recipe and changes I made and of course the taste!

Surprise Recipe Swap - Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
For the Cake:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Topping:
  • 1 cup brown coconut sugar*
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour*
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
How you make it
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Line a 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until smooth
  4. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with the milk
  6. Pour batter into baking pan
  7. In a medium bowl combine all topping ingredients with your fingertips until crumbly
  8. Sprinkle half the crumbles over the cake batter and swirl in with a fork
  9. Sprinkle remaining crumbles evenly over cake batter
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, let cool and enjoy :)
The Recipe and Taste: I followed the measurements in this recipe exactly. The only thing I have changed was using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and coconut flour instead of normal flour, simply because I had it at home and wanted to use it (I bought so much at the beginning of the month and I really need to use it up haha).
The flavors were absolutely delicious. The cinnamon comes out strong, but not overpowering. The sweetness is perfect – this way it’s definitely not only a sweet treat but can also be enjoyed as a breakfast dish :) LOVE IT!
I really think this is my new go to recipe for coffee cakes. I can’t wait to bake it again- leave the base and change the topping – there are hundreds of possibilities to bring your own twist to it!A huge thank you goes out to Cynthia – I am in love with your blog, your recipes and your personality! I am thankful everyday to have you as my friend! Maybe I will move closer to you in a couple month :)
Now I am hoping for May’s Surprise Recipe Swap to be such a great success, I’m already so excited!
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