Secret Recipe Club: Nutella Coffee Cake
For November's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook, which is awesome because Lauren had my blog for October! I was also allowed the chance to get to know Lauren a little better throughout #10DaysofTailgate (a blogging tailgating party) recently, where Lauren shared dishes such as Boston Lager Cupcakes, Chile Con Queso, and Maize and Blue Chicken Salad. Lauren lives in Ohio and is an aerospace engineer (want to know more about what that means? I did!) - check out Lauren's About Me page to see adorable pictures of her and her family (spoiler alert: super cute baby arrived just a few months ago!) and a description of what Sew You Think You Can Cook is all about. Lauren describes her blog as "predominately a food blog but will occasionally take on the guise of a crafting blog, a party blog, and a travel blog." Find Lauren on Facebook here. I have to say that I also am completely in love with the super sweet posts Lauren shares as tributes to family members on their special days, like her FIL's birthday, or MIL's birthday - photo collages and yummy food! So sweet!
As I started browsing through Lauren's blog, I earmarked way too many recipes (as usual) including: Nutella Coffee Cake, Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese, Black Bean Soup, Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad, Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Brown Sugar Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon, Turkey Sloppy Joes, Buttermilk Ranch Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cookies and Creme Milkshake, Lemon Meringue Pie, S'Mores Brownies... Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert... DONE! :) Seriously too hard to pick this month!
I hope you will take a moment to visit the Secret Recipe Club if you've never heard of it before - it is a wonderful group of bloggers who are given a "secret" assignment of another member's blog each month and our goal is to pick ANYTHING from their blog to make and post about on our designated reveal day (and if you are Sally from Bewitching Kitchen or Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious your goal is to have your assignment selected, made, photographed, and blogged about within 15 minutes of receiving your e-mail with your assigned blog - have I mentioned that my SRC group is the best group ever?)! I have been a part of SRC for quite awhile now (see my first post from 2/25/2013 here) and LOVE the opportunity to get to know another blogger a little better each month by spending time perusing their blog, reading through their recipes and posts, and finding something perfect for my family from what they've shared.
I ended up making a bunch of recipes from Lauren's blog this past month, including the Black Bean Soup with Garlic Grilled Cheese dippers, the salmon and sweet potato casserole recipes, the Cookies and Creme Milkshake (more than once!), and the Oriental Chicken Salad (which I almost chose to share with you today)! However, what I finally decided on to feature today is the Nutella Coffee Cake - and the main reason I picked this one of them all is because it is one of the only recipes I got a few decent pictures of! I made a couple of the recipes shortly after we'd moved into our new house (which was on October 24th) and my camera battery died a few days after relocating and we couldn't find my charger anywhere amidst the sea of boxes - so I took crappy cell phone pictures. I still want to share all of those recipes here, but will save them for another day, and maybe when I can make them again and do the recipes justice with semi-decent pictures instead of dark and blurry cell phone pictures... maybe. :)
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Nutella Coffee Cake slightly adapted from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Ingredients for topping:
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
5 TBS butter, at room temperature
2 TBS cocoa powder
1/2 cup rolled oats
Ingredients for cake:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup yogurt
6-8 TBS Nutella
- Make the topping: whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, oats and and salt. Use a pastry cutter and blend the butter in until butter pieces are pea sized.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8x8 baking pan.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients for the cake: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar and blend until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time and then add the vanilla and yogurt.
- Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing only until combined.
- Place half of the cake batter into the prepared 8x8 pan. Dot with the Nutella spread (try to spread it out as much as possible, so it is evenly distributed). Pour half of the topping mixture from step one over the Nutella. Pour on the rest of the cake batter and spread until it covers the filling, then top with the remaining topping mixture.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife comes out cleanly.